2007 Caribbean Series

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The IXIL edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 2007. It was held from February 2 through February 7 featuring the champions teams from Dominican Republic (Aguilas Cibaeñas), Mexico (Naranjeros de Hermosillo), Puerto Rico (Gigantes de Carolina) and Venezuela (Tigres de Aragua). The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at Roberto Clemente Stadium in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Summary[edit]

Dominican Republic clinched the Series with a 5-1 record and was managed by Félix Fermín, who became the first manager in series history to win three titles. In their only defeat, the Dominicans were shut out, by Puerto Rico, 1–0, on three hits. Series MVP Tony Batista led the team with three home runs and eight RBIs. Also helping out were Miguel Tejada (.304, one HR, five RBI) and Anderson Hernández (.310, six runs, two doubles). The offense led the tournament with 37 runs, while the pitching staff provided a strong support by limiting opponents to eight runs (two unearned) in 62 ⅓ innings pitched for a .087 ERA. José Acevedo (1-0, six strikeouts, 0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP), Fabio Castro (1-0, four SO, 0.00, 5.0 IP), Julián Tavárez (1-0, six SO, 1.69, 5 ⅓ IP), Héctor Almonte (1-0, .214, five SO, 3 ⅔ IP), Julio De Paula (1-0, 0.00, three SO, 4 ⅓), José Capellán (.217 ERA, five SO, 6 ⅓ IP), José Vargas (one save, .267, two SO), and José Lima (0-1, 10 SO, 1.32 ERA, 13 ⅓ IP) headed the staff. Also on the roster were Alberto Castillo, Bernie Castro, Nelson Cruz, Pablo Ozuna and Luis Polonia. Overall, the Dominican Republic won the Series for the 16th time, one more than Puerto Rico. This was the fifth time that the Águilas Cibaeñas (Cibao Eagles) represented the Dominicans and took the title.

The Puerto Rican team, managed by Lino Rivera, finished first with a 4-2 mark. The offense was clearly guided by Armando Ríos, who led the Series hitters in batting average (.545), hits (12), stolen bases (2), SLG (.682), OBS (.667) and OPS (1.349). Other contributions came from Juan González (.385, three runs, two RBI), Javier Valentín (.368) and Alex Cora (.364, two doubles, two runs, four RBI). Other than starters Giancarlo Alvarado (1-0, 0.73, 10 SO, 12 ⅓ IP) and Brian Edwards (1-0, 4.50, 6.0 IP), the pitching rotation resulted ineffective. Relievers Pedro Feliciano (2-0, 0.00, 5.0 IP, four SO), Bubbie Buzachero (1.80, one save, five SO, five IP) and Fernando Cabrera (0.00 ERA, 0.00 OBA, two SO, three IP) provided some support. Other players in the roster included Hiram Bocachica, Rubén Gotay, Luis Matos, José Santiago, and the brothers José and Yadier Molina.

Venezuela was guided by Buddy Bailey and finished 2-4 in third place. The two victories came at the expense of Mexico and Puerto Rico. The offense was guided by Oscar Salazar, who led the series batters with nine RBI, while hitting .346 (9-for-26) with two home runs and a .654 SLG. Other two hitters carried much of the offensive weight: José Castillo (.321, six doubles, four runs, three RBI) and Ronny Cedeño (.440, 11 hits, .481 OBP). Despite a 2.18 collective ERA, the pitching staff was victim of a lousy defense that committed 11 errors. Starters Josmir Romero (1-0, 0.00, Tim McClaskey (1-0, 3.60, five SO, five IP) and Horacio Estrada (0-0, 2.25, 12 IP) each turned in fine efforts, while Yohan Pino (0.00, 10 SO, 7 ⅓ IP) and Kevin Tolar (0.00, five SO, 3 ⅓ IP) did the job out of the bullpen. The Venezuelan team also featured players as Cory Bailey, Alex Delgado, Ramón Hernández, Luis Rodríguez, Randall Simon and Steve Torrealba.

Piloted by Lorenzo Bundy, Mexico was outscored by their opponents 45-13 and finished in last place with an 1-5 record, getting his only victory against Venezuela. A one-man offensive performance was led by Luis Alfonso García, who finished second in the batting race with a .458 average (11-for-24) and hit four doubles with four RBI; Juan Cañizalez batted .333 (6-for-18), Alfredo Amézaga hit the team's only home run, and Pablo Ortega was the only pitcher to lose two games in the Series that year. The team also incluyed veterans players as Vinny Castilla, Elmer Dessens, Erubiel Durazo, Karim García, Gerónimo Gil and Derrick White.

Final standings[edit]

Country Club W L W/L % GB Managers
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg   Dominican Republic Aguilas Cibaeñas 5 1 .833   –   Félix Fermín
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg   Puerto Rico Gigantes de Carolina 4 2 .667 1.0   Lino Rivera
Flag of Venezuela.svg   Venezuela Tigres de Aragua 2 4 .333 3.0   Buddy Bailey
Flag of Mexico.svg   Mexico Venados de Mazatlán 1 5 .167 4.0   Lorenzo Bundy


Individual leaders
Player/Club Statistic
Armando Ríos/PUR Batting average .545
Tony Batista/DOM Home runs      3
Oscar Salazar/VEN Runs batted in    11
Anderson Hernández/DOM
Miguel Tejada/DOM
Runs      6
Armando Ríos/PUR Hits    12
José Castillo/VEN Doubles      6
Gregor Blanco/VEN
José Fernández/DOM
Luis Polonia/DOM
Armando Ríos/PUR
Oscar Salazar/VEN
Triples      1
José Fernández/DOM
Armando Ríos/PUR
Stolen bases      2
Pedro Feliciano/PUR Wins      2
Giancarlo Alvarado/PUR
José Lima/DOM
Yohan Pino/VEN
Strikeouts    10
Giancarlo Alvarado/PUR Earned run average 0.73
José Lima/DOM Innings pitched 13⅓
Jorge Sosa/DOM Saves      2
Kevin Tolar/VEN Games pitched      4
Awards
Tony Batista/DOM Most Valuable Player
Félix Fermín/DOM Manager


All-Star Team
Name/Club Position
Alberto Castillo/DOM catcher
Javier Valentín/PUR first baseman
Anderson Hernández/PUR second baseman
Tony Batista/DOM third baseman
Miguel Tejada/DOM shortstop
Oscar Salazar/VEN left fielder
Alex Fernández/DOM center fielder
Armando Ríos/PUR right fielder
Juan González/PUR designated hitter
José Acevedo/DOM right-handed pitcher
Fabio Castro/DOM left-handed pitcher
Félix Fermín/DOM manager

Scoreboards[edit]

Game 1, February 2[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 15 4
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4   9 2
WP: Héctor Almonte (1-0)   LP: Francisco Butto (0-1)
Home runs:
VEN: None
DOM: Miguel Tejada (1), Tony Batista (1)

Game 2, February 2[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1   4 1
Puerto Rico 0 2 0 4 3 0 2 0 x 11 16 0
WP: Giancarlo Alvarado (1-0)   LP: Elmer Dessens (0-1)
Home runs:
MEX: Alfredo Amézaga (1)
PRI: Víctor Rodríguez (1)

Game 3, February 3[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 0 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 9 14 0
Mexico 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0   5 0
WP: José Acevedo (1-0)   LP: Pablo Ortega (0-1)
Home runs:
DOM: Tony Batista 2 (3), Nelson Cruz (1)
MEX: None

Game 4, February 3[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 1 6 13 0
Venezuela 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3   8 2
WP: Brian Edwards (1-0)   LP: Rosman García (0-1)   Sv: Bubbie Buzachero (1)
Home runs:
PRI: None
VEN: Gregor Blanco (1)

Game 5, February 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0   3 10 2
Venezuela 7 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 x 13 17 1
WP: Tim McClaskey (1-0)   LP: Justin Lehr (0-1)
Home runs:
MEX: None
VEN: Oscar Salazar (1)

Game 6, February 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0   3 1
Dominican Republic 4 2 0 3 0 0 3 0 x 12 14 1
WP: Fabián Castro (1-0)   LP: Jonathan Albadalejo (0-1)

Game 7, February 5[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 7 11 0
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1   6 2
WP: Julián Tavárez (1-0)   LP: Vladimir Núñez (0-1)

Game 8, February 5[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 0
Mexico 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   9 3
WP: Pedro Feliciano (1-0)   LP: Luther Hackman (0-1)

Game 9, February 6[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 6 0
Dominican Republic 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 x 5 9 1
WP: Julio De Paula (1-0)   LP: Pablo Ortega (0-2)   Sv: José Vargas (1)
Home runs:
MEX: None
DOM: José Fernández (1)

Game 10, February 6[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3   8 1
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 11 1
WP: Josmir Romero (1-0)   LP: Willie Collazo (0-1)   Sv: Francisco Butto (1)
Home runs:
VEN: Oscar Salazar (2)
PRI: None

Game 11, February 7[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 11 1
Mexico 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 4   7 0
WP: Mauricio Tequida (1-0)   LP: Juan Ovalles (0-1)

Game 12, February 7[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
WP: Pedro Feliciano (1-0)   LP: José Lima (0-1)

 

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Antero Núñez, José. Series del Caribe. Jefferson, Caracas, Venezuela: Impresos Urbina, C.A., 1987.
  • Gutiérrez, Daniel. Enciclopedia del Béisbol en Venezuela – 1895–2006 . Caracas, Venezuela: Impresión Arte, C.A., 2007.

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