Parque Yldefonso Sola Morales
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Through four games of the LBPRC championship series, each team has failed to establish a home field advantage.
Santurce's 4-1 victory Wednesday evening over Caguas was their second at Parque Sola Morales. The series now shifts back to Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Thursday, where los Criollos have likewise won games One and Three.
Should this series go the distance, los Cangrejeroes de Santurce would host a decisive Game Nine.
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Los Criollos and Cangrejeros dueled to a one all tie through six innings.
Santurce designated hitter Christian Vasquez led-off the top of the fifth with a triple, and would later score on a sac-fly. Criollos left fielder Rusney Castillo wielded a quick response with a lead-off home run to right in the bottom of the sixth.
In the seventh, it was Christian Vasquez again whom knocked Criollos starter John Brownell out of the box. After issuing a lead-off walk to first baseman Neftali Soto, Brownell surrendered a double to Vasquez, scoring Soto with what proved to be the game winning run. After a pitching change, reliever Joel Pineiro then allowed another three hits, and Santurce's third run charged to Brownell.
An insurance run in the ninth gave Santurce their final margin of victory.
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Caguas bats went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, and grounded into three double-plays. Los Criollos are 0 for 10 in the last two games, and just 9 for 60 (.150) through ten post-season games with runners in scoring position.
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