2010 Central American and Caribbean Games

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The 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games were the 21st Central American and Caribbean Games. The baseball part of the Games was held from July 20 through July 28, 2010 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Participants were Puerto Rico, Panama, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Netherlands Antilles, Venezuela, Guatemala, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Cuba withdrew due to visa problems. Weather would play havoc with the schedule, forcing many games to switch dates and some teams to play 3 games before another had played any. Also, originally no team was scheduled to play more than once in a day - this had to be changed. The Dominican Republic won its first Gold in 28 years, Mexico took its record sixth Silver Medal and Nicaragua got the Bronze.

See 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games (Rosters) for roster information.


July 20[edit]

July 21[edit]

July 22[edit]

  • Flag of Guatemala Guatemala 7, Flag of United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands 6. The Virgin Islands lost a closely-fought match with Guatemala in the best hope for a win for either team. The Virgin Islands led 5-2 going into the bottom of the 9th but Franklin Leonard surrendered three runs to tie it. The Islanders got one in the 11th only to allow two in the bottom of the 11th by Richard White and Kenny Jackson for a tough defeat. 1B Michael Flemming and 3B Eric Perez each drove in two for the Virgin Islands, which outhit Guatemala 11-5. Unfortunately, Virgin Islands pitchers walked 15 (three Guatemalans each drawing three) and hit three batters, with both Timothy Brewer and Leonard walking six (Leonard doing so in 2 2/3 IP). Erick Acosta got the win in relief, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings.
  • Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 6, Flag of Panama Panama 0. 3,000 fans turned out to see a third straight win for the hosts. Efrain Nieves allowed one hit in five innings and three relievers wrapped up the shutout. Jorge Jimenez hits a first-inning grand slam off former major leaguer Davis Romero and Puerto Rico does not look back.

July 23[edit]

  • Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 20, Flag of Guatemala Guatemala 0. Carlos Mori and two relievers combine on a 2-hit shutout, while four Guatemalan hurlers allow 17 hits and 8 walks while the defense commits six errors in a lopsided game. C Franklin Tua Jr. falls a homer shy of the cycle and has 3 runs and 3 RBI while RF Selwyn Langaigne goes 1 for 3 with 3 walks and four runs. Venezuelan batters go 17 for 35.

July 24[edit]

  • Flag of Panama Panama 15, Flag of Guatemala Guatemala 0. Guatemala is again held to two hits and no runs, this time by Elias Saenz and Jose Corrales. Panama gets 15 hits and 7 walks in their 7-inning mercy rule win. 1B Carlos Quiroz is the star, going 4 for 5 with four runs, five RBI, a double and two dingers.

July 25[edit]

July 26[edit]

  • Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua 2, Flag of Venezuela Venezuela 0. In a battle for a semifinal spot, Jesús Yépez of Venezuela and Julio Raudez of Nicaragua tossed shutout ball for six innings each. In the 7th, Nicaragua got to Yépez for a run, then they got one insurance score in the 9th against the bullpen. Meanwhile, Raudez and Diego Sandino teamed up on a 4-hit shutout to advance Nicaragua in an upset.

July 27[edit]

  • Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 6, Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua 5. Former major leaguer Roberto Novoa allows two quick Dominican runs in the first, but Armando Hernández gives the runs back in the bottom of the second. Novoa's woes continue as he allows two more runs, one in the third and one in the fourth, before getting yanked by Denny Gonzalez. Nicaragua led 5-3 going into the bottom of the 6th but veteran Diego Sandino surrendered a 3-run homer to Dominican C Danilo Sánchez and there went the game. J. Pena, José Cabrera and Dario Veras tossed scoreless ball for the final four innings to send the Dominican Republic to the Gold Medal game.

July 28[edit]

  • Bronze Medal Game - Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua 7, Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 6. Puerto Rico's heartbreak ends with a medal-less tourney after being the last team to take its first loss. They struck quickly, scoring twice off Mario Peña in the first. Efrain Nieves, meanwhile, allowed one run in five while whiffing seven and Puerto Rico led 2-1 halfway through. Reliever Andrew Urena, 2-0 coming in, promptly allowed two Nicaraguan runs in the 6th but Puerto Rico rallied for three in the 6th and 7th to take a solid 6-3 lead heading into the 9th. That inning was awful for them as Francisco Ortiz, Manuel Romero and R.J. Rodriguez combined to allow four Nicaraguan runs. Armando Hernandez and Julio Raudez shut out Puerto Rico in the bottom of the 9th to lock it up as 3,500 home fans walk away disappointed. 2B Mario Holmann reached three times for Nicaragua and his counterpart Irving Falu had 2 hits, a triple, 2 steals, 2 runs and 2 RBI in a losing effort.