SAN JUAN – The Criollos de Caguas defeated the Indios de Mayagüez 4-0 on Thursday, at the start of the final series of winter baseball, at the Hiram Bithorn stadium in San Juan.
The Criollos, supported by a triple by Yadier Molina and an effective combination of four pitchers, achieved a fifth straight victory in the postseason and in turn ended Mayagüez’s five-game winning streak.
Right-hander José De León silenced the Indians’ offense with 12 strikeouts and just two hits allowed in six innings. Relievers Anthony Maldonado, Zach Muckenhirn and Fernando Cruz covered the rest of the trip.
La Yegüita woke up the western team early by making three runs in the first episode. The first two through a triple by Molina and the third with a roll in the box by Víctor Caratini, who brought the captain of the National Team to the plate. In the eighth inning, Jonathan Morales ‘sacrifice fly brought the Criollos’ fourth hairline on Jancarlos Cintrón’s legs.
Left-hander Héctor Hernández took the backhand for the Indians. In seven innings he gave way to six hits and three runs.
The series, with a maximum of seven games, moves to the Isidoro ‘Cholo’ García stadium this Friday at 6:00 in the afternoon.