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The 2013 Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was the forty-third edition of the second stage of the Caribbean Series. It was held in the brand new Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico from February 1-7, 2013. The series featured four teams from Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Venezuela. For the first time, the format changed from a double round-robin winner-take-all to a double round-robin with the top two teams facing off in a championship game. Overall, it was the second time a scheduled final was played.

The Yaquis de Obregón won the title with an epic 4-3 victory over the Leones del Escogido in a final game that required 18 innings and nearly seven hours to determine a winner. Escogido had dominated the tournament until then, winning five of its six games, while the Mexican Pacific League representatives had squeaked into the final with a record of only 3-3. Yaquis hurler Luis Mendoza was named MVP after going 2-0 with a no-hitter for over 7 innings one start and allowed no runs in 13 2/3 IP for the Series.

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[edit] Final Standings

Team League G W L WPCT Manager
Yaquis de Obregón Mexican Pacific League 7 4 3 .571 Eddy Díaz
Leones del Escogido Dominican League 7 5 2 .714 Audo Vicente
Criollos de Caguas Puerto Rican League 6 2 4 .333 Pedro Lopez
Navegantes del Magallanes Venezuelan League 6 2 4 .333 Luis Sojo

[edit] Teams

[edit] Leaders

[edit] All-Star Team

[edit] Games

[edit] February 1

Game 1

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Magallanes 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1
Escogido 0 0 0 1 4 0 2 0 - 7 7 0
Win: Castro (1-0) Loss: Perez (0-1)

Fernando Valenzuela (who would be one of six new inductees into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame two days later) threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Navegantes got out to a quick start, as 2B Reegie Carona took Ángel Castro's second pitch of the game deep for a homer. In the fourth, they made it 2-0 on a double by 2B Cesar Suarez, a ground-out and a single by 1B José Castillo. Those would be the only three hits Castro and two relievers would allow though, as they finished with a 9-strikeout, 3-hit gem.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Leones began to come back against Sergio Perez. With one away, LF Ricardo Nanita singled and SS Miguel Tejada drew a walk. After a wild pitch, 1B Donell Linares hit a sacrifice fly. In the 5th, they took the lead for good. 3B Fernando Tatis singled, then #9 hitter and C Francisco Pena cracked a 2-run homer. 2B José Ramírez walked. Perez was yanked in favor of Yeiper Castillo. Ramírez stole second, then DH Hanley Ramírez singled. Nanita followed with a RBI single (one of three hits for the day) and Tejada added a sacrifice fly to cap a four-run inning.

Game 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Caguas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Obregón 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 - 3 6 0
Win: Mendoza (1-0) Loss: Villa (0-1) Save: Ayala (1)

The home team had a fine debut in front of 16,000 home fans. Luis Mendoza and five other relievers teamed up on a five-hit shutout. 3B Agustín Murillo began the scoring, drawing a third-inning walk from Kelvin Villa and coming home on a double by SS Alfredo Amezaga. It remained 1-0 until the 6th. RF Karim García opened that frame with a single. Eddy Ramos was summoned from the bullpen, but yielded a single to 1B Jesse Gutierrez then threw a wild pitch. PH Oscar Robles batted for DH Bárbaro Cañizares and delivered a 2-run double for some insurance to end the scoring.

[edit] February 2

Game 3

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Escogido 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 6 8 0
Caguas 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
Win: Peguero (1-0) Loss: De la Torre (0-1)

For four innings, Escogido's Edward Valdez and Caguas's Giancarlo Alvarado traded goose eggs. In the top of the 5th, 3B Luis Jimenez hit a one-out double off Alvarado. Following a passed ball by C Johnny Monell Jr. and an out, C Alberto Rosario hit into an error by Caguas SS Luis Mateo to make it 1-0.

In the bottom of the 5th, the Criollos took their only lead. DH Aaron Bates doubled off Valdez, then Monell avenged his earlier defensive miscue with a two-run jack off Valdez. The Escogido bullpen excelled, though, with Ramon Garcia, Jailen Peguero, Armando Rodriguez and Fernando Rodney combining to allow one hit and fan six batters in 4 1/3 shutout innings.

2B José Ramírez led off the 6th with a walk from Alvarado. After another Monell passed ball and an out, Cole McCurry relieved but served up a game-tying double to LF Ricardo Nanita. In the 7th, the Leones went ahead. RF Jordany Valdespin led off with a double off Jose de la Torre. With two outs, de la Torre tried to pick off Valdespin, but made an error, sending him to third. De la Torre continued to blow it himself by throwing a wild pitch to put the Leones ahead, 3-2.

In the 8th, Escogido added some insurance. DH Hanley Ramírez drew a walk from Rob Bryson and stole second. After an out by Nanita, SS Miguel Tejada walked as well. 1B Donell Linares then came through with a three-run homer to put it away.

Game 4

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Obregón 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 9 0
Magallanes 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 6 1
Win: Garcia (1-0) Loss: Benacka (0-1)

The Navegantes made their way to a late comeback to even the Mexicans in second place at 1-1. The game's first run featured two players whose combined age was 80 - Magallanes RF Robert Pérez (43 years old) took 37-year-old hurler Rodrigo López deep in the bottom of the third. In the top of the 4th, the Yaquis tied it against Ramon Ramirez, the damage done by the heart of the order. LF Marlon Byrd doubled and was grounded over by 1B Jesse Gutierrez. DH Bárbaro Cañizares singled to make it 1-1. López and Ramirez both excelled over the next 2 1/2 innings, with five straight 1-2-3 stretches.

In the top of the 7th, the Mexicans took the lead. Gutierrez led off with a single and Cañizares hit into an error by 3B Mario Lissón. RF Karim García singled to score Gutierrez. 2011 Italian Baseball League Pitcher of the Year Darwin Cubillan relieved Ramirez but gave up a single to 2B Carlos Valencia to make it 3-1. Cubillan then threw a wild pitch to put both runners in scoring position, but he recovered to strike out C Iker Franco, 3B Agustín Murillo and CF Chris Roberson in order to escape further harm.

Jose Cobos replaced López in the 7th and provided Mexico with a fourth straight 1-2-3 inning. To that point, Venezuela had just two hits. In the 8th, Oscar Villarreal relieved. With one out, Lissón homered. Pérez singled and Renny Osuna pinch-ran. C Gustavo Molina struck out, then Villarreal balked. SS Luis Nunez doubled in Osuna to tie the score.

In the top of the 9th, Marcos Tabata gave up a one-out single to PH Doug Clark. Gabriel Garcia replaced Tabata and pinch-hitter Oscar Robles grounded into a twin killing. In the bottom of the ninth, reliever Mike Benacka walked 1B José Castillo with two away then threw a wild pitch. He issued an intentional walk to LF Joe Thurston. Lissón delivered in a big way, singling to center to score Castillo with the winner.

[edit] February 3

Game 5

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Magallanes 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 5 0
Caguas 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0
Win: Ray (1-0) Loss: Segovia (0-1) Save: Moreno (1)

Caguas remained winless, striking out 14 times against Ken Ray, Jean Toledo, Gabriel Alfaro and Victor Moreno while managing just one run. DH José Castillo began the game's scoring with a solo home run off Zack Segovia in the second. In the 4th, the Criollos tied it against Ray. 3B Andy González singled. After an out, C Ramón Castro and DH Johnny Monell Jr. added two more singles to even it at one.

In the sixth, the Navegantes took the lead for good. Catcher José Yepez, their #9 batter, hit a leadoff homer off Segovia to make it 2-1. After one out, SS Renny Osuna singled and CF Alex Romero walked. Castillo then came through again, this time with a single to score Osuna, though Romero was thrown out trying for third on the play.

Game 6

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Obregón 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 12 1
Escogido 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 12 0
Win: Payano (1-0) Loss: Ayala (0-1)

The Dominicans had their closest scare yet, but beat the host country in extra innings to remain unbeaten at the midway point.

Escogido got on the board first. In the bottom of the second, Edgar González plunked LF Ricardo Nanita, then SS Miguel Tejada hit his 14th Caribbean Series home run, extending his record, to make it 2-0. 3B Oscar Robles led off the next inning with a walk from Lorenzo Barcelo, then C Jose Felix singled. CF Chris Roberson laid down a sacrifice bunt, then SS Alfredo Amezaga singled in Robles.

In the fourth, Obregón took the lead. 1B Jesse Gutierrez and DH Bárbaro Cañizares hit back-to-back doubles to make it 2-2. RF Marlon Byrd singled in Cañizares for a 3-2 edge. 2B Carlos Valencia bunted Byrd over. Robles then singled to center, but Byrd was thrown out trying to score as well. Willy Lebrón replaced Barcelo in the 5th but could not stop the bleeding. Roberson led off with a double and Amezaga singled to put men on the corners. A wild pitch advanced Amezaga, then LF Doug Clark struck out. Gutierrez hit a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 edge. Cañizares drew a walk. Armando Rodriguez relieved Lebrón and walked Byrd, but Valencia flew out to end the threat.

The Dominican club stormed back in the bottom of the fifth against González, aided by poor Obregón defense. With one out, C Francisco Pena grounded into an error by Amezaga. 2B José Ramírez singled, as did RF Jordany Valdespin hit a RBI single to close it to 4-3. DH Hanley Ramírez doubled home both José Ramírez and Valdespin for a 5-4 edge. Escogido loaded the bases with two away with two out in the 7th but 1B Donell Linares flew out against Jose Cobos.

The Yaquis came back in the 9th. Roberson led off with a single off closer Fernando Rodney, stole second and took third on a wild pitch, but was thrown out trying to score on a grounder by Amezaga. It was the Yaquis' second runner thrown out at home that inning. Clark singled and stole second, then Gutierrez whiffed for out number two. Cañizares walked again, then Pena committed a passed ball to let Clark the tying run.

In the bottom of the 9th, Hanley Ramírez drew a two-out walk from Luis Ayala and stole second, but was stranded when cleanup hitter Nanita flew out. In the top of the 11th, Gutierrez hit a two-out double off Nelson Payano, the 9th Dominican hurler, but Cañizares flew out. In the bottom of that inning, PH Julio Lugo hit a one-out single off Ayala and José Ramírez singled him to third. Valdespin was intentionally walked to load the bases. Hanley Ramírez grounded to Robles, who threw home to get Lugo. Called on again in the clutch, Nanita did the job of the cleanup batter, singling in José Ramírez with the winner.

[edit] February 4

Game 7

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Caguas 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 13 2
Escogido 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 8 1
Win: Espinosa (1-0) Loss: Peguero (0-1) Save: Rivera (1)

The only winless team remaining stunned the only unbeaten team, as Puerto Rico downed the Dominican Republic in extra innings. Caguas took advantage of wildness by Escogido starter Dustin Richardson in the second inning. 1B Carlos Rivera led off with a single, the first of his three hits that day. One out later, DH Johnny Monell Jr. drew a walk (he would reach all five times today). CF Jorge Padilla was plunked to load the bases. RF Edgardo Baez drew a walk from Richardson to score Rivera. After SS Luis Mateo popped out, LF Jesús Feliciano drew Richardson's third walk of the inning, forcing in a second run.

In the bottom of the third, CF Abraham Almonte singled off Michael Nix. Two outs later, RF Jordany Valdespin cracked a two-run homer to even the score. The game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the sixth, with Puerto Rico stranding the bases loaded in the top of the sixth when 2B Rey Navarro flew out. In the bottom of the sixth, Jose de la Torre relieved Nix. With one out, he walked LF Ricardo Nanita. 3B Miguel Tejada singled, then de la Torre hit 1B Donell Linares. A sacrifice fly by DH Julio Lugo made it 3-2 Escogido.

In the 7th, the Leones added some insurance, when C Alberto Rosario, the #9 hitter, took reliever Cole McCurry deep. In the top of the 8th, though, Caguas came back against Tony Pena Jr., the fifth Escogido hurler. With two outs, Mateo singled. Feliciano hit into an error by SS Hanley Ramírez. Navarro then came through with a two-run single to tie the score. In the bottom of the 8th, Escogido drew two walks but Lugo and Almonte were retired.

Caguas had a good chance in the top of the 10th against Nelson Payano. Rivera singled and Miguel Abreu pinch-ran for him. With one out, Monell walked, then Abreu stole third. Payano recovered to strike out the next batter, then Jailen Peguero relieved and fanned Baez to end the inning. In the bottom of the 9th, Rosario led off with a single against Eddy Ramos but got no further.

In the top of the tenth, Feliciano hit a one-out single against Peguero and Navarro followed with a game-winning home run, giving him four RBI in two at-bats after a 1-for-10 start to the Series. In the bottom of the 10th, Saul Rivera breezed through the heart of the Escogido order, striking out Hanley Ramírez and Nanita, then retiring Tejada on a grounder.

Game 8

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Magallanes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Obregón 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Win: Valdez (1-0) Loss: Bibens-Dirkx (0-1) Save: Villarreal (1)

The hosts won a pitching duel with Magallanes, both teams finishing the day with 2-2 records. Rolando Valdez, a strong starter in the 2012 Caribbean Series a year ago today, gave up two first-inning singles, to 1B José Castillo and CF Joe Thurston, but retired LF Mario Lissón to escape the jam. In the bottom of the first, all the game's runs were scored. CF Chris Roberson hit into an error by Castillo, then 2B Alfredo Amezaga homered to right. Austin Bibens-Dirkx would allow only two more hits and no more runs, but Mexico had all the runs they needed.

Valdez, Hector Navarro, Dennys Reyes and Oscar Villarreal combined on the whitewash for the Yaquis. Venezuela's only time getting a runner as far as third, after the 1st inning, came in the 8th. DH Cesar Suarez and Castillo had two-out back-to-back singles off Navarro, but Reyes relieved and struck out cleanup man Thurston to end it. Villarreal went 1-2-3 in the 9th for his first save of the Series.

[edit] February 5

Game 9

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Caguas 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 9 0
Magallanes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Win: Nieves (1-0) Loss: Castillo (0-1) Save: Rivera (2)

Caguas won their second straight after an 0-3 start, behind some fine pitching. The only run they allowed came in the bottom of the second, when Magallanes 1B Mario Lissón homered off Efrain Nieves. Nieves allowed four hits and one run in five innings, then his bullpen was even sharper as Derek Blacksher, Ricardo Gomez and Saul Rivera allowed one hit and no walks in four innings, striking out five.

Caguas tied the game in the 4th when C Ramón Castro went yard with two out off Yeiper Castillo. In the 5th, LF Daniel Ortiz had a one-out single. Gabriel Garcia replaced Castillo with two away. Ortiz stole second and took third on a wild pitch, then came home on a single by CF Jesús Feliciano, one of three hits on the day for Feliciano.

It remained 2-1 until the 8th. Feliciano singled off Darwin Cubillan. 2B Rey Navarro bunted Feliciano over, then 3B Andy González doubled in Feliciano for a 3-1 lead. In the 9th, RF Edgardo Baez doubled off Jean Toledo and scored on a one-out single to left by SS Luis Mateo to cap the scoring.

Game 10

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Escogido 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 0 11 12 4
Obregón 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 0
Win: Lebrón (1-0) Loss: Villarreal (0-1)

The Leones del Escogido would have clinched the title under the old format; instead, they clinched a spot in the finals with the other three teams all in the mix at 2-3. They did it with a back-and-forth first third of the game, a mid-game fade and a late rally.

In the top of the first, RF Jordany Valdespin doubled off Marco Carrillo. After a strikeout by DH Hanley Ramírez, LF Ricardo Nanita singled in Valdespin for a 1-0 lead. Mexico quickly tied it in the bottom of the inning on a solo leadoff homer by CF Chris Roberson off Alfredo Figaro. In the top of the third, Ramírez had a two-out single and scored from first on a single by Nanita. SS Miguel Tejada continued to pad his Series home run record with a 2-run shot to put the Dominicans in front, 4-1. After another hit, David Reyes relieved Carrillo and blanked the Leones for 4 1/3 innings, with one hit, no walks and seven whiffs.

The Escogido lead was short-lived. In the bottom of the third, SS Alfredo Amezaga hit into a one-out error by Tejada. After a balk by Figaro, LF Doug Clark singled in Amezaga, one of 3 hits on the game for Clark. 1B Jesse Gutierrez hit into a miscue by 2B José Ramírez. RF Marlon Byrd flew out, but 38-year-old DH Bárbaro Cañizares came through with a two-run double to tie it.

The Yaquis gave the capacity crowd something to cheer about in the bottom of the fourth. With one away, 3B Agustín Murillo singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Roberson struck out, but SS Alfredo Amezaga tripled for a 5-4 edge. He then came home on a single by Clark. That was it for Figaro, which was bad news for the Mexican hitters feasting on him. Willy Lebrón, Jhonny Nunez and Fernando Rodney combined for 5 1/3 shutout innings of relief, with one hit, two walks and six strikeouts.

In the top of the 8th, Adrian Ramirez replaced Reyes and allowed a single to Valdespin. Oscar Villarreal relieved and started on a strong note, fanning #3 batter Hanley Ramírez and cleanup hitter Nanita. Tejada singled in Valdespin to close it to 6-5. 1B Donell Linares drew a walk from Villarreal to force in a run and tie the game. 3B Luis Jimenez walked as well to put Escogido ahead. Luis Ayala was the next reliever the Yaquis tried; CF Abraham Almonte greeted him with a two-run single to RF. PH Julio Lugo singled, then leadoff man José Ramírez cracked a 3-run homer to finish the 7-run inning.

[edit] February 6

Game 11

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Escogido 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 9 2
Magallanes 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
Win: Rodriguez (1-0) Loss: Moreno (0-1) Save: Peguero (1)

The Navegantes lost a shot in the finals by falling to Escogido in a well-fought game. Escogido only took the field a few minutes before the game, as they complained about broken promises by team management over finances. Venezuela got on the board in the bottom of the third against Carlos Pimentel thanks to bad defense. LF Cesar Suarez hit into a two-base throwing error by SS José Ramírez. Suarez then stole third and scored on a throwing error on the play by C Alberto Rosario. In the top of the 4th, the Leones tied it when 2B Julio Lugo hit a two-out solo shot off Sergio Perez, the only run Perez would allow.

Magallanes went back ahead in the bottom of the 5th versus reliever Lorenzo Barcelo. With two out, SS Renny Osuna tripled, then came home on a single by Suarez. Escogido tied it again in the 7th. Rosario singled off Gabriel Alfaro; with two outs, DH Hanley Ramírez singled to third and an error on the play by 3B Luis Nunez led Rosario score. The game was still 2-2 going into the 9th, when each team turned to one of the Mexican League's top two in saves for 2012: Victor Moreno for Magallanes and Jailen Peguero for Escogido. Moreno walked RF Jordany Valdespin wit hone out and struck out Hanley Ramírez. Marcos Tabata then came in to pitch and served up a two-run, game-losing gopher ball to backup 1B Francisco Pena. Peguero, on the other hand, allowed only a Luis Landaeta single in the bottom of the 9th to save it.

Game 12

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Obregón 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 10 9 0
Caguas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Win: Mendoza (2-0) Loss: Villa (0-2)

Mexico romped past Puerto Rico to get the second spot in the finale. They got all the offense they needed in the second off Kelvin Villa. RF Marlon Byrd doubled, then 1B Bárbaro Cañizares hit a home run. DH Karim García doubled. 3B Agustín Murillo bunted, but Villa made an error on the play to put men on the corners. 2B Oscar Robles then grounded into a run-scoring double play for a 3-0 lead.

The Yaquis padded their lead big-time in the sixth. SS Alfredo Amezaga drew a leadoff walk. LF Doug Clark laid down a bunt hit and Villa made his second error of the day on a bunt. Zack Segovia relieved but gave up a two-run double to Byrd. Cañizares struck out, García was intentionally walked and Murillo struck out. Veterans Byrd and García then pulled off a double steal, after which Robles was walked intentionally. Rob Bryson was summoned as the third Criollos hurler that frame, but he wasn't too good either. C Iker Franco greeted him with a two-run single. CF Chris Roberson drew the inning's third intentional walk and a wild pitch scored a 5th run to make it 8-0 before Amezaga finally ended the carnage with a fly-out.

Meanwhile, Luis Mendoza was cruising, having tossed seven no-hit innings with nine strikeouts. He did not allow a hit until the bottom of the 8th, when RF Daniel Ortiz doubled for the first of three Caguas hits. Dennys Reyes and Jose Cobos finished up the shutout for the home country.

In the 9th, the Yaquis ended the scoring. Pinch-hitter Jose Felix singled off Sergio Espinosa and scored on a double by pinch-hitter Sergio Contreras. With one out, Clark singled and Byrd had his third RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly for the final 10-0 score.

[edit] February 7

Game 13

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
Obregón 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 6 2
Escogido 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 16 1
Win: Carrillo (1-0) Loss: Valdez (0-1)

The finale was one for the ages, setting Caribbean Series records for pitchers used (21) and duration (7 hours, 28 minutes) while tying the record for innings (set in 2007).

Escogido got their only run in 7 2/3 innings off Mexican starter Rodrigo López in the third on a leadoff double by CF Abraham Almonte, a botched pick-off by López and a one-out grounder by 2B José Ramírez. Leones starter Angel Castro shut out the home country for four innings, but Mexico rallied in the 5th to take the lead. 1B Bárbaro Cañizares doubled and was bunted over by DH Karim García. Castro walked 2B Oscar Robles, then 3B Agustín Murillo grounded in Cañizares. C Jose Felix hit one to RF Jordany Valdespin, but Valdespin made a crucial error, scoring Robles to make it 2-1. Those would be the only two runs in 7 2/3 innings by Castro, who gave up just two hits.

In the top of the 9th, the Yaquis had their best chance for insurance, but failed to come through, while Escogido burned through four relievers. The inning began with Ramon Garcia walking LF Doug Clark. Jhonny Nunez relieved and RF Marlon Byrd laid down a sacrifice bunt. Cañizares was intentionally walked. A fly-out by Karim García advanced Clark to third. Nelson Payano was summoned from the bullpen and hit 1B Jesse Gutierrez. Audo Vicente turned to Fernando Rodney as his fourth hurler of the frame and Rodney got Mruillo on an inning-ending grounder. In the bottom of the 9th, Luis Ayala was summoned to close it up but gave up a leadoff homer to LF Ricardo Nanita to even the score.

In the bottom of the 10th, Escogido got a quick start on hits by C Alberto Rosario (off Ayala) and José Ramírez (off Adrian Ramirez) but Valdespin bunted into an out at third. Oscar Villarreal retired DH Hanley Ramírez (1 for 8 on the day) and Dennys Reyes came in to get Nanita to end the threat.

The Yaquis took the lead again in the top of the 14th, when Karim García homered off Jailen Peguero, the 7th Escogido hurler. In the bottom of the inning, the Leones evened it back up against the 10th Mexican pitcher, Edgar González. José Ramírez and Valdespin drew back-to-back walks. Hanley Ramírez hit into a force at third, then Nanita grounded into a force at second. SS Miguel Tejada singled to right to score Valdespin, then 1B Donell Linares whiffed to end the inning.

In the top of the 18th, Clark homered off Edward Valdez, the 10th Dominican hurler, his shot just clearing the right-field fence, for what would be the Series-winning blow. Obregón then turned to Marco Carrillo to seal the deal, having already tossed three shutout innings from the 15th to the 17th. He retired both Hanley Ramírez and Nanita, but Caribbean Series legend Tejada singled to keep the Escogido hopes alive. With an 0-1 count, Linares then flew to Byrd to end the game and the Series.

Obregón won the finale despite a combined 0-for-21 effort from CF Chris Roberson, SS Alfredo Amezaga (the 1-2 batters) and C Felix.

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