With late inning exploits Mexico derails DR’s hopes to take the series lead with 6-3 win • Latino Sports

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With late inning exploits Mexico derails DR’s hopes to take the series lead with 6-3 win

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After upsetting Puerto Rican fans and putting their team in a 1-2 hole by pulling off a ninth inning rally in game 6 of the Caribbean Series, the Dominican team hoped to distance itself  from the pack by beating  Mexico, both entering the game with a won-lost record  of 2-1. But Mexico took its own turn with late inning dramatics by coming from behind in the 8th to tie the game and taking the lead on a 3-run homerun in the 9th.

The Dominicans scored first in their bottom of the second on a single, passed ball moving the runner to second and an RBI single. Mexico got on board on a home run by RF Karim Garcia on the top of the fourth, but DR answered with a run in the bottom of that inning with a walk followed by two singles. They added another run in the bottom of the 5dth on a single, a sacrifice bunt, a ground out moved the runner to third that scored on a wild pitch by Mexico’s starter Francisley Bueno giving DR a 3-1 lead.

That lead lasted till the top of the eight when Mexico tied the game. DR’s starter, Adalberto Méndez, had gone five innings allowing only one run and his successors kept Mexico scoreless for two innings until the 8th when a single, a wild pitch moving the runner, an RBI single and two relievers later a walk and RBI hit by pinch hitter S. Oscar Robles for 3B Jóse Rodriguez  tied the game. Mexico had the bases loaded after tying the game, but got no further until the top of the ninth.

On the top of the ninth after the first batter made out, CF Justin Christian reached base on a throwing error by Dominican 3rd baseman Danny Richar. A single by Everth Cabrera to shallow left followed putting two men on. The next batter Karim Garcia struck out for the second out setting the stage for a 3-run home run by 1B Jorge Vázquez.

The Dominican Republic put two runners on base in the top of the 9th but failed to do their second come from behind in a row. And Mexico has beaten them twice in this series under the leadership of a Dominican manager. Would Mexico go on to unseat the DR as Caribbean champions – would there any consolation….? (As readers may know, the skipper of the DR team is a gringo; the skipper of Venezuela is Dominican and only Puerto Rico has a native skipper)

Puerto Rico will try to even ites record at 2-2 in game 8, a game with a late start because Game 7 above got delayed 2 housrs.

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.