Mexico 4, Venezuela 2. Carlos Valencia’s two-run double highlighted a three-run sixth for Mexico. Iker Franco had two hits for Mexico. Starter Rolando Valdez worked seven strong innings, giving up just two unearned runs on four hits and no walks while striking out five. Luis Ayala allowed two hits but no runs in the ninth to get his second save of the series. Adonis Garcia led Venezuela with two hits. Starter Brian Sweeney took the loss, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out six in 5.1 innings. Pedro Guerra pitched a perfect eighth with two strikeouts for Venezuela.
Dominican Republic 6, Puerto Rico 1. The Dominican Republic broke a scoreless tie with two in the fourth and put the game away with three in the sixth. Pablo Ozuna had three singles and Erick Almonte had two to lead the Dominican Republic. Raul Valdes got the win, allowing just an unearned run on five hits and a walk in six innings. Ramon Garcia worked the final three innings scorelessly, striking out three while giving up one hit, to get the save. For Puerto Rico, Jorge Padilla had three hits. Starter Bobby Livingston took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. Pedro Florimon was 0-for-3 but walked and scored for the Dominican Republic. Rene Rivera was 0-for-4 for Puerto Rico. Nelvin Fuentes walked both men he faced and was charged with a run for Puerto Rico.
The Dominican Republic is in sole possession of first place with a perfect 3-0 record. Second is Mexico at 2-1, followed by Puerto Rico at 1-2 and Venezuela at 0-3. The Series is a six-game round robin.
Mexico 2, Puerto Rico 0. Mexico scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, and that was all the scoring in the game. Karim Garcia of Mexico was the only player to have two hits in the game. The only extra-base hits came on doubles by Jesus Garcia (Mexico) and Irving Falu (Puerto Rico). The shutout came at the hands of three ex-Twins pitching for Mexico. Randy Keisler worked seven innings, giving up four hits and a walk to get the win. Dan Serafini faced two batters, striking out one and walking one. Luis Ayala retired the final five batters of the game to get the save. Matt DeSalvo took the loss for Puerto Rico, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. The only Twins player to appear in the game was Rene Rivera, who was used as a substitute for Puerto Rico but did not bat.
Dominican Republic 5, Venezuela 2 (13 innings). Andy Dirks singled in the go-ahead run in the thirteenth and Erick Almonte doubled in a pair of insurance runs. Pablo Ozuna had three hits for the Dominican Republic. Almonte drove in three runs for the game. Cesar Suarez had three hits and drove in a run to lead Venezuela. Lorenzo Barcelo worked five shutout innings for the Dominican Republic, striking out six while giving up six hits. Merkin Valdez threw two shutout innings to get the win in relief. Jairo Ascenzio pitched a perfect ninth to get the save. Starter Tyson Brummett gave up two runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings for Venezuela. Jon Hunton allowed the three thirteenth inning runs in his second inning of work to take the loss. Pedro Florimon was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks for the Dominican Republic, scoring twice.
The Dominican Republic moves into first place in the six-game round robin with a 2-0 record. Puerto Rico and Mexico are 1-1, while Venezuela is 0-2.
Puerto Rico 3, Venezuela 1. Ruben Gotay’s two-run single in the second gave Puerto Rico a 2-1 lead it would never relinquish. Jeff Dominguez singled in a run in the eighth to give Puerto Rico and insurance run. Dominguez and Gotay each had two hits for Puerto Rico, as did Jesus Feliciano. Feliciano had the game’s only extra-base hit, a double. Nelson Figueroa struck out eight in 6.2 innings to get the win, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks. Saul Rivera gave up two hits but no runs in the ninth, striking out two to get the save. For Venezuela, Cesar Suarez and Adonis Garcia each had two hits. Seth Etherton took the loss, striking out seven in 4.1 innings but giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. Twins who played were Rene Rivera, who was 0-for-3 for Puerto Rico, Nelvin Fuentes, who retired the only man he faced for Puerto Rico, and Pedro Guerra, who struck out two in one inning but gave up an unearned run on a hit and a walk for Venezuela.
Dominican Republic 2, Mexico 1. Pedro Florimon’s RBI groundout tied the game in the second, and a run scored on a double play in the third to give the Dominican Republic a lead it would never relinquish. Fernando Tatis of the Dominican Republic was the only player who had two hits in the game. There were no extra-base hits. Kris Johnson allowed an unearned run on three hits in five innings while striking out four to get the win. Jairo Ascencio struck out two in a perfect ninth to get the save. Luis Mendoza gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings while striking out five to take the loss. Florimon was the only Twins player to appear in the game, going 0-for-3.
Sydney 7, Melbourne 5 in Melbourne. Jacob Younis was 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch, scoring once for Sydney. Todd Van Steensel struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up one hit for Sydney. Joshua Hendricks pinch-hit and was 0-for-1 for Melbourne. Sydney leads the best-of-five semi-final series one game to none. The winner plays Perth in a best-of-five series for the championship.
Action begins this afternoon when Venezuela plays Puerto Rico. Mexico takes on the Dominican Republic this evening. All games will be played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Escogido 6, Aguilas 5 in Escogido. Pedro Florimon was 1-for-3 with a walk for Escogido.
Dominican League—Our congratulations go to the Leones del Escogido, who won the championship series by defeating Aguilas five games to four.
The Caribbean Series begins Thursday afternoon. Venezuela plays Puerto Rico and Mexico plays the Dominican Republic. The series is a six-game round-robin.
AUSTRALIAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Melbourne plays Sydney in a best-of-five series beginning tomorrow. The winner will play a best-of-five series against Perth in the finals.