Trot times for the championship game of the 2013 Caribbean Series, including trots from Karim Garcia and Douglas Clark.
Last night—and well into this morning—Mexico's Yaquis de Ciudad Obregón and Dominican Republic's Leones de Escogido battled in the championship game of the Caribbean Series. Los Yaquis defeated Los Leones, 4-3,to take the crown for the second time in three years. The game lasted seven hours and 18 innings and was only won when Mexico's Douglas Clark hit a home run over the right field fence in the top of the 18th.
As the Caribbean Series rolls on, the Dominicans continue to stifle the opposition, and the frustration of the Mexicans begins to boil over.
At 12 minutes before the scheduled start of Monday's first game, Estadio Roberto Clemente Walker was a ghost town. A crowd slowly trickled in after the umpires took the field--a leisurely stroll in the bright Caribbean sun. When the Dominican national anthem (Quisqueyanos Valientes) came on, no one in the crowd had to stand up--they hadn't yet found their seats.
You'd hardly have known that the key game of the series was about to take place. If the Dominicans won, they'd be 4-0, and the pressure would be on Puerto Rico to keep pace--even though they were merely facing the execrable Mexican squad in the nightcap. Meanwhile, at 1-2, the Venezuelans had to win today to keep their hopes of a title alive. Off with the bullet points we go:
Day Three featured two lopsided victories. Live in Puerto Rico, Derek passes on what caught his attention.
It was a strange feeling being in Puerto Rico, watching baseball on Super Bowl Sunday. It felt like being a rebel leader in exile, biding my time, keeping the faith, and trying to secure foreign support while waiting for the current despots-the NFL-to slip up, so that the people can be liberated from football once and for all.
Until the glorious day the anti-football revolution comes, people in America will be unfamiliar with the workings of the Caribbean Series, and it will be incumbent upon us to educate them. Saturday's Day Two action left us with two undefeated teams, and two winless ones. The Dominicans pounded Mexico, 9-0, with Tony Batista again proving the offensive catalyst, adding two more homers to the one he hit in the opening game. In the nightcap, the home team beat the Venezuelans in a much closer match, 6-3. So on Sunday, the two winless teams played each other in the afternoon, leaving the two undefeateds to joust in the evening. In other words, after the day's action we would finally have a clear, unbeaten front-runner, as well as one 0-3 team that will be virtually out of contention for the crown.
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