SERIE del CARIBE
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Los Criollos de Caguas Bring Caribbean Championship Back to Puerto Rico.
La Yeguita ha llegado ...
!Los Criollos de Caguas son campeones del Caribe!
Seventeen years in the making ... the Borinquen delegation from Caguas defeated Mexico's Aguilas de Mexciali to capture the winter league's Serie del Caribe 2017 title.
After opening the Caribbean tournament with three consecutive loses against Mexico, Venezuela, and Cuba, los Criollos parlayed their lone first round victory over Relublico Dominicana into a semi-final appearance versus Venezuela.
Once there, Caguas avenged their opening round loss against Aguilas de Zulia with a 9-6 victory in Monday's penultimate game, and thereby earned themselves a tournament rematch against Mexico in the Serie final.
Los Criollos de Caguas prevailed 1-0 in ten innings over los Aguilas de Mexicali in the series finale before a dismayed crowd at Tomateros Stadium to capture this year's Caribbean crown for Puerto Rico.
This marks Puerto Rico's 15th Serie del Caribe title, and their first since 2000 when los Cangrejeros de Santurce last accomplished the feat.
In the bottom of the tenth, Criollos reliever Miguel Mejia retired los Aguilas de Mexicali in order to earn the win, and close out Puerto Rico's ultimate victory.
Starter Adalberto Flores faced 18 batters through six innings pitched, allowing just one hit and a walk.
Analizan lo que quieran, ellos son especiales y creyeron.— Alex (@ac13alex) February 8, 2017
Analyze all you want, they are special and believed - GM Alex Cora
Believe in themselves they did ... when it seemed as if no one else did.
Having ended their regular season with a slightly sub par .500 record, they've been labeled underdogs the day since Puerto Rico's LBPRC regular season ended and this improbable post-season journey began. Few liked their chances against los Indios de Mayaguez in the league's semi-final, and even less liked their chances for getting by los Cangrejeros de Santurce in the LBPRC Serie Final.
Were it not for a ponderous Dominican exit from the Serie del Caribe, we may not even be having this conversation. But Puerto Rico's road to the Caribbean title undeniably reaffirms the notion los Criollos simply continued winning when the games mattered most.
Upon conclusion of round robin play, Venezuela entered the semi-final game the top seeded team, yet fell to Caguas. And while los Criollos entered the Serie final game with a 2-3 record, los Aguilas de Mexicali entered the final game with a Serie best 4-1 mark, and likewise fell to Caguas.
Parque Yldefonso Sola Morales
Home of 2017 Caribbean Champions
LOS CRIOLLOS de CAGUAS