Cely: Report from Serie del Caribe 2018

From SABR member Monte Cely at SABRHornsby.org on February 11, 2018:

A crowd of 15,551 sat through a half-hour rain delay at the start of the game, but were then treated to an exciting and emotional finale on Thursday night.

Criollos de Caguas staged another dramatic comeback and successfully defended their Serie del Caribe crown.  Too many walks and a few Puerto Rico errors allowed the Dominican nine to post an early 3-0 lead.  Forty-year-old Dominican starter Raul Valdez pitched well through six innings.  However he was lifted with one out in the bottom of the seventh as Puerto Rico put their first two batters on base.  Ruben Gotay then slammed a two-RBI double and later in the inning catcher Jonathan Morales hit a three run homer to put Criollos up 6-4.  The Puerto Ricans added three more in the 8th and shut down the Dominican offense to take the game, series, and become bicampeones (two consecutive Series titles).

Final score — Puerto Rico 9 – Dominicana 4

Read the full article here: http://www.sabrhornsby.org/2017/08/serie-del-caribe-2018/

Originally published: February 12, 2018. Last Updated: February 12, 2018.