Puerto Rico finishes tournament on winning note
VALENCIA, Venezuela -- Edwards Guzman made this Caribbean Series a forgettable one for the Mazatlan Deer of Mexico.
The first baseman for the Carolina Giants (Puerto Rico) hit a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Puerto Ricans a 3-2 victory on the last day of the round-robin tournament. Mexico finished in last place with an 0-6 record, while Puerto Rico went 2-4 in the series, with both wins coming against the Mexicans.
Jose Valentin homered for Puerto Rico in the eighth to tie the game at 2, then scored the winning run in the 11th on Guzman's hit. Trenidad Hubbard scored both of Mexico's runs, including a solo homer.
For Mexico, which was without traditional stars Erubiel Durazo and Vinny Castilla, it was the second time in four years they posted a goose egg in the Series. And for Puerto Rico, the nightmare continues in this event, despite Tuesday's victory; Puerto Rican teams have now lost 17 of their last 20 in Caribbean Series play dating to 2003.
In Tuesday's nightcap, the Licey Tigers (Dominican Republic) will face the Caracas Lions (Venezuela) in Maracay. If the D.R. (4-1) wins, it will force a one-game playoff on Wednesday against the Venezuelans (5-0). If Venezuela defeats the Dominicans, it will win outright its first Caribbean Series since 1989.
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