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Puerto Rico Squanders Opportunities & Loses Third Straight

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Puerto Rico had many opportunities to win and move on to qualify for the semifinal of this Caribbean Series, but they squandered their chances in an exciting match against Cuba yesterday. Puerto Rico left 14 men on base and that is not a good formula for victory in a short tournament like this.

Baseball is a game of inches and this is proof. Cuban catcher tags out the potential tying Puerto Rican run. Perhaps by one inch? (Photo Espn Deportes broadcast)

Baseball is a game of inches and this is proof. Cuban catcher tags out the potential tying Puerto Rican run. Perhaps by one inch? (Photo Espn Deportes broadcast)

Now its future in the tournament is not in their hands, but in those of the Dominican Republic. The Puerto Rican team must now depend on the defeat of the Dominican team against Mexico to cause a draw of 1-3 with the Dominican team if Puerto Rico can win its next game.

Cuba, meanwhile, avoided elimination last night when the leadoff batter, Roel Santos singled to score Frank Morejon, who had made it to second on error by third baseman Yadiel Rivera. The Cuban team celebrated their first win and left team Puerto Rico on the field in the 10th, by winning in the bottom of the 10th by a final score of 3-2 in front of 18,000 fans. One thing they will all agree was that this was one high tension game in the Hiram Bithorn stadium.

Cuba celebrates their first victory after a tug of war with Puerto Rico in 10 innings. (Photo endi.com)

Cuba celebrates their first victory after a tug of war with Puerto Rico in 10 innings. (Photo endi.com)

Cuba had to win to avoid elimination and they did, one day after the defection of two players from their roster. Cuba and Venezuela play today. If Cuba wins it would advance to the semifinal. If they lose they could be part of a three-way tie with Puerto Rico and the Dominican with 1-3 record.

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