Winter Leagues 2/7 — Dominicans Take Caribbean Series Championship

Despite losing their last series game to Puerto Rico by a score of 3-1, the Dominican Republic (Los Leones del Escogido) has won the Caribbean Series.  This is their lucky 13th series championship in the past 22 years, more than any other team in the competition.  The Dominicans finished the round-robin championship series with a 4-2 record.

In tonight’s game, the first three Dominican batters in the game did all the damage.  Two singles and a double by team hero RF Andy Dirks (Tigers) drove in their only run of the game in the bottom of the 1st.  Puerto Rico tied the game with a run in the 2nd, then took the lead when former Indy Indian 3B Luis Figueroa doubled and scored in the 6th.  A walk, a stolen base, and an RBI single gave Puerto Rico an insurance run in the 9th.   Puerto Rico finished tied with Venezuela for second in the tournament, with identical 3-3 records.

Venezuela beat Mexico 6-2 in their final game of the series, putting Mexico into fourth place with a 2-4 record.  Mexico struck first tonight, with 2 runs in the top of the 3rd, on two singles, a double, and a sacrifice fly.  Venezuela (Los Tigres de Aragua) tied the game in the bottom of the 4th with a lead-off homer, then a double and two singles.  1B Hector Gimenez had the second of those singles, driving in one run.  The Venezuelans wrapped up the game with a 4-run 5th inning.  The first two batters walked, and RF Jorge Cortes moved them both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.  Two singles drove in a run each.  After a double steal, another single drove in those two runners for a 6-2 lead.

Author: Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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