Dominican Republic on Thursday left on the ground 5 races for 4 to Puerto Rico and in the process eliminated it from any possibility of the Caribbean Series, which will have a new champion, and which will be developed in the Panamanian capital.
The match had good four innings duel between starters Fernando Cabrera, for Puerto Rico, and Raúl Valdés, for the Dominican troop, keeping the score at zero.
It was not until the fourth stage, when Puerto Rico woke up the fans, with two runs, opening the scoring.
An unstoppable Iván De Jesús brought to the register the first run of the game, while the second of the Puerto Ricans came in from David Vidal’s spikes, for an infield hit produced by Irving Falú.
The reaction of the Dominicans was immediate. In that same fourth section they went up, by scoring three runs.
The first run was through a long homer by Diego Goris, on the left field, the other two were the product of an unstoppable Edwin Spinal. Then Spinal himself reached the plate for a sacrificial lift from Audrey Pérez.
The top of the fifth and sixth innings were productive for the boys led by helmsman Carmelo Martínez, tying and taking control of the actions with a 4-3.
For the Dominicans it was not the same, leaving three episodes in zero.
In the eighth, the Puerto Ricans created danger to increase the score, but the rebellion was eliminated.
For the eighth in its bottom, Puerto Rico called Fernando Cruz, the same pitcher who had spoiled the game against Panama and the Dominican Republic, on the first date.
Well, Cruz was punished again. The Dominicans tied the game, Aneury Távarez shot unstoppable to the left, towing Moises Sierra with the tie.
In the top of the ninth, against the throws of bigleaguer Rafael "Jumbo" Díaz, Puerto Rico was close to go up, but Díaz squeezed and survived the episode.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Dominican Republic sealed their victory thanks to Junior Lake, who hit a deep ball between left and center, bringing Wilkin Castillo to the home, to lay on the field 5 runs 4 to Puerto Rico, almost eliminate them of the match, with record of 0-3.
The match was won by José Rafael Díaz, who had a task of one episode, allowed one hit, one struck out and gave a ticket to first base. The defeat went to Nicholas Padilla, who threw a third of episode, allowing two hits and one run.
The best in offensive for the winners were Junior Lake 5-2 with one towed, at the end of the game he scored the run to win, and Audrey Távez 3-2 and one pushed. For Puerto Rico highlighted David Vidal with the wood of 4-2 with one scored and one pushed.
Tomorrow, in Group B, from 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT) Dominicans (2-1) play a life or death game against Panama (2-0), Puerto Rico rests; while at the second hour, 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT Saturday), Venezuela will go against Mexico, in group B, the Cubans will have a free date.