Thursday, February 29, 2024

La Guaira defeated Licey in their Caribbean Series debut

Curacao surprised and accounted for Mexico on the opening day.

Tiburones de la Guaira immediately showed their credentials as one of the favorites to win the Caribbean Series, defeating Tigres del Licey 3-1 on Thursday in the main duel of the opening day.

The Dominican Republic thus stumbles into the competition where it comes as the current monarch.

This is the first time that the tournament that brings together the champion teams of the winter leagues of the Caribbean and Mexico is held in a Major League stadium: LoanDepot Park, home of the Miami Marlins.

Miguel Romero allowed just one run in five and a third innings to give the Venezuelan team the win. The loser was Raúl Valdez after allowing one run in four and a third inning.

Alexi Amarista hit an RBI single to open the scoring in the third inning and Ramón Flores extended the lead in the sixth with another timely single.

The Tigres came close when veteran Robinson Canó drove in a sacrifice fly. Another former major league star, Cuban Yasiel Puig secured the victory for the Tiburones with a solo home run in the eighth inning.

“It’s an honor to win the Championship in Venezuela with Tiburones after 37 years, but now the goal is to win the Caribbean Series, because Venezuela hasn’t won it in 15 years,” Puig shared.

The Dominican team will look to react this Friday, when it faces Nicaragua on the second day of the tournament.

“We know we have talent, today is not the case and we have to give credit to their pitching. We will try to be as ready as possible for tomorrow’s opponent, we will try to make adjustments to get out and compete to win,” said Tigres driver Gilbert Gómez.

More games

Criollos de Caguas of Puerto Rico came from behind on Thursday to beat Gigantes de Rivas of Nicaragua 5-2 in the opening game.

Led by Yadier Molina, Criollos obtained the 200th victory of the representatives of Puerto Rico in the history of the Caribbean classic.

Nicaragua took the lead on Cheslor Cuthbert’s RBI double in the second inning, but Puerto Rico tied it in the fifth thanks to Danny Ortiz’s sacrifice fly and took the lead in the sixth, when Jack López drove in a triple. and later scored on a single by Vimael Machín.

Gigantes responded in the top of the eighth inning to get close on Melvin Novoa’s double that drove in Emmanuel García. In the bottom of the same inning, Criollos scored thanks to a sacrifice fly by Johnshwy Fargas to put the final numbers on the board.

La Guaira Defeated Licey In Their Caribbean Series Debut

Molina, who retired from the Major Leagues in 2022 after 19 seasons all with the St. Louis Cardinals, won for the first time as manager of the Caribbean Series.

“Very happy about that, but tomorrow we have to go out and look for win 201. The pitchers did a great job and our defense was good,” Molina said. “At first we struggled offensively, but we were able to make changes and score runs to win the game.”

The leader of Nicaragua, Marvin Bernard, for his part, considered that his team’s debut in the Caribbean Series was difficult due to the high quality of the event, but he said he was confident that they would be able to react.

In the second game of the day, Didi Gregorius hit a three-run RBI triple to reverse the deficit, and the Curacao Suns defeated Mexico 6-5.

Gregorius, a former major league shortstop, cleared the bases with his triple in the third inning.

Naranjeros de Hermosillo took the lead on solo home runs by Aaron Altherr and Julián Ornelas.

Jonthan Schoop and Ademar Rifaela hit solo homers in the sixth inning to extend the lead, and the Suns withstood a three-run rally by Hermosillo in the bottom of the ninth inning, including Ornelas’ second homer, this time driving in in two runs. .

“There is no small opponent. They played good baseball today, it was a good game, we didn’t win but we’ll leave that behind and get ready for tomorrow. The boys are good, we will fight until the end,” warned Juan Gabriel Castro, Mexico’s manager.

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