Gigantes del Cibao, champion of the Dominican Republic, kept their undefeated record in the Caribbean Series this Sunday with a 7×3 victory against Astronautas de Los Santos, from Panama, a result that guarantees a place in the semifinals.
“One more game, one more victory,” celebrated manager Luis Urueta after the game, with which the Dominicans improved their record to 3-0.
The Venezuelans Navegantes de Magallanes, meanwhile, continue to get back on track after having lost in their debut and added their second win by beating the Puerto Rican Criollos de Caguas 4×2; while the Mexican Charros de Jalisco blanked the Colombian Caimanes de Barranquilla 1-0. Navegantes and Caymanes escort the Giants in the table, with a record of 2-1.
“MVP, MVP!”, chanted the public at the Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo every time second baseman Robinson Canó took his turn, who drove in a race to reach six charters in this edition of the Caribbean classic.
This time, however, the protagonist was shortstop Hansel Alberto, who went 3-for-5, with two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored.
The game was decided in favor of the Dominicans at the end of the seventh inning, when they made three runs to break a 3-3 tie, taking advantage of the lack of control of the rival bullpen, which gave away five walks, one intentional to Canó, the second of the night for him. . Ryan Kussmaul won (1-0) despite allowing the run that had leveled the scoreboard in the opening of that episode.
– Venezuela on the rise –
A hit by catcher Francisco Arcia ignited the attack and Enderson Franco led the bullpen as the Navegantes defeated the Criollos.
“The relief was the key to all this. The relief behaved up to the task,” manager Wilfredo Romero concluded.
Franco was the winning pitcher (1-0) by retiring two and a third scoreless innings, with one hit, after taking the mound in place of the starter, left-hander César Jiménez.
Arcia, a novelty in the Magallanes lineup, scored the first two runs in the second inning and Alberth Martínez fired an RBI double in the third.
The Criollos cut back in that same inning with a line by Emmanuel Rivera that brought two touchdowns, in an attack stopped precisely by Franco.
Vicente Campos, Wilking Rodríguez and Bruce Rondón, who saved, finished blocking the Puerto Ricans, who only had four hits and now have a record of 0-3.
“We will continue forward, we have no other option,” said the Criollos pilot, Ramón Vásquez.
– Finally, Mexico! –
Wilmer Ríos had an impeccable start and Cuban Félix Pérez homered for the Charros de Jalisco, from Mexico, to be resurrected.
“I am very happy, very excited, for having contributed to the team in a victory that we urgently needed,” commented the right-hander Ríos after pitching six and two-thirds innings, in which he allowed three hits and prescribed five strikeouts.
Ríos took the ball at the last minute, since the starter announced by manager Roberto Vizcarra was Javier Solano.
“Solano was a little sick to his stomach and it was an important game. We couldn’t risk him not being 100%,” Vizcarra explained.
Pérez hit a fastball to hit the home run that allowed the Mexicans to react after losing their first two games. “Today there was a great hit that gave us the victory,” he said.
Enrique Burgos and Roberto Osuna completed the shutout.
The games Navegantes-Astronautas (10:30 local / 14:30 GMT), Charros-Criollos (15:00 / 19:00) and Gigantes-Caimanes (20:00 / 00:00 on Monday) are scheduled for Monday.
Equipo J G P Prom Dif. CA CP
1. Dominican R. 3 3 0 .1000 – 15 8
2. Colombia 3 2 1 .667 1 12 7
3. Venezuela 3 2 1 .667 1 10 8
4. Panama 3 1 2 .333 2 11 15
5. Mexico 3 1 2 .333 2 3 8
6. Puerto Rico 3 0 3,000 3 7 12