MAYAGÜEZ – The Caguas Criollos reached the supremacy of the Puerto Rican winter baseball scepters this Sunday, by dramatically beating the Indians 7-6 at the Isidoro ‘Cholo’ García stadium, in Mayagüez.
La Yegüita swept the series 4-0 and became the first ninth to win 19 championships in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (LBPRC).
It was the eighth consecutive victory for Caguas, who were undefeated throughout the postseason. It is also the first title for the team since 2018, the last time that Puerto Rico won a championship in the Caribbean Series.
The new monarchs took a definitive lead in the ninth inning, after two outs, off reliever Yacksel Ríos. With the scoreboard 6-5 in favor of the locals, Víctor Caratini hit his first hit in the series, which tied the match in the legs of Jarren Durán and Vimael Machín gave the driving hit of the lead race, marked by the runner pop-up Kevin Santa.
Duran starred in the first run of the game, hitting a solo home run in the first inning. It was his second home run in consecutive nights. In the third episode, he marked the second line of the Criollos, after Caratini received a ticket with congested bases.
In the same third inning, the Indians scored one and in the fifth inning, José Miranda disappeared with two on board to take off the 5-1 advantage in favor of the Criollos. In the bottom of the fifth act, Mayagüez scored his second touchdown, with a sacrifice fly from Xaver Fernández.
Mayagüez came from behind in the seventh inning, with a bouquet of four laps. With the scoreboard 5-2 in favor of Caguas, Fernández hit a double that drove in the third touchdown and Henry Ramos two-line RBI single that leveled the match. Then, Ramos took advantage of a mistake from the gardener
Jay Gonzalez to get to the plate and score the run that put them ahead 6-5.
Reliever Joshua Torres won with one tackle and Fernando Cruz, who climbed the mound in all four games of the series, claimed the save.
The now Criollos of Puerto Rico will go in search of their sixth championship in Caribbean Series, in Mazatlán, Mexico.