Santo Domingo – Puerto Rico opened this Caribbean Series with two defeats and today, Sunday, he practically risks his life with his commitment to the representation of Venezuela, the Navegantes de Magallanes.
The Dominican improved its record to 2-0, as did Colombia. While Panama and Colombia play for 1-1. The top four from the first round will advance to the semifinals.
Puerto Rico has no room for another setback. Starting with 0-3 could mean elimination in the first phase.
But the leader Ramon Vazquez trust in a reaction to understand that on Saturday there was an improvement compared to the performance of the first game, when they lost 3-2 to Panama.
“We know that we are against the wall, but if tomorrow (Sunday) we play like we did today, I understand that we are going to be fine,” Vázquez said at a press conference.
“I talked about it with the guys after the game, and told them that at some point in their careers they had a moment like this. I experienced it now in 2021 with Boston, when we had to win three games in Washington and we did it. And I hope that is what happens here”, added the also coach of the Red Sox in the Majors.
The Criollos de Caguas (Puerto Rico) fell to a 0-2 mark, while the Gigantes del Cibao (Dominican Republic) improved to 2-0. In the photo, Kevin Gutiérrez, of the Dominican team. (Xavier J. Araujo)
The Puerto Ricans will return to the field this Sunday to face the Navegantes de Magallanes from Venezuela starting at 3:00 pm In the photo, David Vidal after hitting a home run with a loaded base. (Xavier J. Araújo Berríos)
The Dominican Republic has won five games in a row against the Puerto Ricans in the Caribbean tournament since 2019. In the photo, Moisés Sierra. (Xavier J. Araujo)
Robinson Canó was pure poison for the Criollos from the first inning. His big hit came in the seventh inning with the bases loaded as he drove in two runs with a single and extended the lead to 4-1. PHOTO BY: email@example.com Xavier Araujo / GFR Media (Xavier J. Araujo)
Marcell Ozuna hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Cano with the second run of the game. (Xavier J. Araujo)
Jancarlos Cintron. (Xavier J. Araujo)
It was not until the sixth lap that the first race came to close the scoreboard, 2-1. With David Vidal at first, Danny Ortiz doubled to left with two outs to get him to the plate. (Xavier J. Araujo)
Nelson Velazquez. (Xavier J. Araujo)
In the fifth, they put runners on third and second base with one out, but Edwin Diaz struck out and Johneshwy Fargas flied out to right. (Xavier J. Araujo)
Jonathan Morales. (Xavier J. Araujo)
Dominican fans during the match. (Xavier J. Araujo)
In addition to the setback against the Gigantes del Cibao, Caguas saw out of the game Danny Ortiz after completing a swing and opener Eric Stout in the sixth inning due to a cramp. After the game, Ortiz said that the ailment is in one knee and he does not think he will be in uniform today for the crucial match. Ortiz is a sensitive casualty. On Saturday he drove in the first race with a double.
The Puerto Rican defense failed at an important moment in the seventh inning with the score 2-1 in favor of the hosts. Jancarlos Cintron he failed to field a double play with runners on second and third base. Vázquez pointed out that there was an irregular rebound. “The ball hit him bad. These are things that happen.”
The pads were filled after the error and after two outs, Robinson Cano he singled to extend the lead 4-1.
“You have to give credit to them who put the ball in play. They didn’t strike out. Canó practically threw the bat at him and then Guzmán (Ronald in the eighth) also played the ball with that shot at third and scored another run,” said Vázquez, understanding that his team was “more aggressive” in the offense, though he blew multiple chances from the first inning.
The Creoles accumulated eight hits on the night.
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Puerto Rico before its second defeat in the Caribbean Series: “We know we are against the wall”