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Mexico in position to become Caribbean Series Champions on Jorge Vazuez homer

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In Game 11 of the series Mexico beat Venezuela 3-2 to position itself for a possible tie with team Puerto Rico or become Caribbean Champions for their  6th time (They were champions in ’76, ’86, ’96, ’02 and ’05). Venezuela scored first in the 4th inning on a double Jackson Milián and a 2-run homerun by Eliezer Alfonso. Mexico remained scoreless till the bottom of the 6th when they scored the final and decisive runs of the game. Justin Christian double with one out and scored after moving to third on an Everth Cabrera single and a ground out by Agustin Murillo. Cabrera would move to second on the play but would score on a 2-run home (2) run by Jorge Vazquez. Vázquez leads the Series with 6 RBI. He may be in the front running for Series MVP

 

On the top of the 8th Venezuelan skipper Julio Franco was thrown out of the game and at one point sat on the dugout before finally exiting the game. During the press conference he criticized the umpiring of the Series saying, “this crew has cost our team runs and are the most unprofessional umpires I have ever seen.” Nevertheless, Franco requested a last word and apologized for his actions that he earlier had described as being treated in an undignified manner by the umpires.

 In the same interview fellow Dominican countryman and Mexico’s skipper Eddie Diaz refused to bad mouth the umpiring.  

With the win the outcome of the following game 12 between the Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic will determine if there is another day of baseball in Mayagüez, or Mexico goes home with their 6th Championship and possibly an MVP to boot.    

About William Gerena-Rochet

William Gerena Rochet, is the former Latino Sports baseball editor. He is a retired NYC teacher who divides his time living between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He started writing for Latino Sports during the inaugural World Baseball Classic when a series was played in Puerto Rico in 2006. On of his favorite moments was covering the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. During his time with Latino Sports, he covered several divisional and League championship series games and the 2009 World Series. He also covered the last game at the old Yankee stadium and the first game of the current one. In closing, William has covered multiples Latino Sports MVP Awards ceremonies and Spanish Language Press Conferences including the Jorge Posada retirement one. Now a contributor, Willie will occasionally cover the Yankees.