2024 Caribbean Series

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The 2024 Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was the fifty-fourth edition of the second stage of the Caribbean Series. It was played in Miami, FL, USA from February 1-9, 2024, at LoanDepot Park. It was the first Series held in the US after failed attempts in Miami in 1990 and 1991 and the first held in a MLB park (Miami did not have a MLB team in 1990-1991). The field of teams continued to fluctuate, with Nicaragua making its debut while Cuba and Colombia were absent after appearing the prior Series. The Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan League, managed by Ozzie Guillen, won their first title and first by a Venezuelan team in 15 years.

Final Standings[edit]

Team League G W L WPCT Manager
Tiburones de La Guaira Venezuelan League 8 7 1 .875 Ozzie Guillén
Tigres del Licey‎ Dominican League 8 4 4 .500 Gilberto Gomez
Federales de Chiriquí Panamanian League 8 6 2 .750 José Mayorga
Curaçao Suns Curaçao League 8 3 5 .375 Hainley Statia
Criollos de Caguas Puerto Rican League 6 3 3 .500 Yadier Molina
Naranjeros de Hermosillo Mexican Pacific League 6 2 4 .333 Juan Castro
Gigantes de Rivas Nicaraguan League 6 0 6 .000 Marvin Benard


  • The Curaçao Suns had won their first title and were playing in their first Series.

All-Star Team[edit]


February 1[edit]

Game 1

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rivas 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 1
Caguas 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 x 5 10 0
Win: Ricardo Vélez (1-0) Loss: Jesus Linarez (0-1)

Rivas became the first Nicaraguan team to play in a Caribbean Series. They took the lead in the second against Eduardo Rivera when 3B Cheslor Cuthbert doubled in 1B Raudy Read. Luis Ramirez meanwhile shut down Puerto Rico for the first four, but they tied it in the 5th when LF Danny Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly to bring in CF Bryan Torres. In the 6th, they went ahead for good against Jesus Linarez. SS Jack López tripled in DH Heliot Ramos and then scored on a single by 2B Vimael Machín. A double by C Melvin Novoa in the 8th closed it to 3-2 but Caguas came back for two in the bottom of the inning when Ramos singled in 3B Emmanuel Rivera then scored on a sacrifice fly.

Game 2

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Curaçao 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 6 10 1
Hermosillo 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 7 0
Win: Kevin Kelly (1-0) Loss: Manny Barreda (0-1) Save: Anthony Herrera (1)

Mexico jumped to an early lead in the second when LF Aaron Altherr and RF Julian Ornelas went deep off Cody Mincey. Mincey and Kevin Kelly shut them down from there until the 8th, though, while the Suns' offense got going. SS Andrelton Simmons and LF Roger Bernadina singled off Manny Barreda in the third and CF Jurickson Profar drew a walk. 3B Didi Gregorius cleared the bases with a triple. In the 6th, they got insurance on their own back-to-back homers, by 2B Jonathan Schoop and DH Ademar Rifaela. 39-year-old RF Wladimir Balentien kept up the veteran attack for the islanders when he went yard off Fernando Salas in the 8th. That last insurance run would prove crucial when Mexico came back in the bottom of the 9th. DH Ramiro Peña doubled with one out of Kelly. An Altherr single with two out cut it to 6-3 then Ornelas hit his second homer and the Suns' lead was down to one. Anthony Herrera relieved the flagging Kelly and retired 41-year-old 3B Agustín Murillo to end it.

Game 3

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
La Guaira 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 10 1
Licey 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 0
Win: Miguel Romero (1-0) Loss: Raúl Valdés (0-1) Save: Arnaldo Hernández (1)

It was a big day for Cubans, even if their country did not have a representative team in this Series. Each team started a Cuban hurler and a Cuban batter went deep. In the third, La Guaira went ahead. RF Ramón Flores singled off 46-year-old Raúl Valdés and 1B Leonardo Reginatto singled as well. After a bunt by SS Ehire Adrianza, CF Alexi Amarista singled in Flores; it was one of three hits today for Amarista. Venezuela doubled their lead in the 6th. DH Wilson Ramos had a one-out single off Pedro Payano and C Luis Torrens drew a walk. Williams Jerez entered and allowed a RBI single to Flores. Licey cut the gap back to one in the bottom of the 6th, finally getting to Miguel Romero. C Webster Rivas had a leadoff single. With one away, Tiago Da Silva replaced Romero and allowed singles to CF Emilio Bonifacio and SS Gustavo Núñez to load the bases. 2B Robinson Canó hit a sacrifice fly to close it to 2-1 and Jorgan Cavanerio came in to retire 1B Ramon Hernandez. Silvino Bracho, Anthony Vizcaya and Arnaldo Hernández each worked a scoreless inning to close out the win. Their team got one more run in the 8th when LF Yasiel Puig took J.C. Mejia deep.

February 2[edit]

Game 4

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chiriqui 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 1 0 7 10 0
Curaçao 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 9 1
Win: Ronald Ramirez (1-0) Loss: JC Sulbaran (0-1)

Panama became the last team to debut this Series and did so in fine form. They went ahead in the third against JC Sulbaran when CF Jhonny Santos reached on an error by SS Didi Gregorius then 2B Joshwan Wright had a one-out single and LF [[Allen Córdoba] a two-out RBI single. The Suns tied it in the bottom of the 4th. RF Ademar Rifaela drew a one-out walk from Harold Araúz and DH Wladimir Balentien had one of his three hits today. A sac fly by 3B Sharlon Schoop evened it.

The Federales retook the lead in the 5th. A double by RF Ricardo Céspedes chases Sulbaran and Eric Mendez relieved. With two away, LF Allen Córdoba singled to make it 2-1. Curaçao loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but 2B Jonathan Schoop and Rifaela came up empty. Panama then padded their lead in the 6th. After Mendez plunked SS Rubén Tejada with one out, Wendell Floranus relieved but he hit 3B Johan Camargo. 1B Jean Arnaez doubled in a run. After a second out, Alexander Rodriguez became his team's third pitcher of the inning. Céspedes greeted him with a two-run single for a 5-1 edge.

The islanders came back in the bottom of the 6th when Balentien went deep for his second homer of the Series. Panama struck right back in the 7th when Herrera went yard off Shea Spitzbarth. In the 8th, Spitzbarth hit Santos, Córdoba drew a two-out walk and Herrera singled for his third RBI of the day. The last run came in the bottom of the 9th against Abdiel Saldana when CF Jurickson Profar had a one-out single and scored on a two-out double by Jonathan Schoop.

Game 5

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Licey 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 5 10 1
Rivas 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 11 2
Win: Neftali Feliz (1-0) Loss: Euclides Leyer (0-1) Save: Jairo Asencio (1)

Nicaragua had a shot at their first win in a Series before a late Licey rally. In the bottom of the first, the Gigantes scored first. CF Jairus Richards singled off Brooks Hall and stole second, then swiped third and raced home on a throwing error by C Webster Rivas. The defending champs tied it in the second against Yoanner Negrin. 3B Dawel Lugo doubled and RF Junior Lake walked. Rivas bunted the runners over and a grounder by 2B Leury García brought Lugo home.

Rivas retook the lead in the 4th. RF Francisco Peguero, C Raudy Read and 3B Cheslor Cuthbert had three singles in a row to make it 2-1 (Read finished with three hits). Read was out at home on a grounder for out number two, but DH Omar Mendoza singled home Cuthbert. The Tigres pulled back within a run in the top of the 5th on singles by CF Emilio Bonifacio, SS Gustavo Núñez and DH Robinson Canó but stranded a pair. Rivas rebuilt their lead to two in the bottom of the inning when 2B Emmanuel Garcia homered off Jorge Martínez.

From there, Licey staged their comeback. In the top of the 7th, Canó had a one-out single off Leo Crawford. 1B Ramon Hernandez hit into a Crawford miscue and LF Hector Rodriguez singled, with an error on the play by C Melvin Novoa closing the game to 4-3. Osman Gutiérrez came in and escaped further damage that inning. After Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless bottom of the 7th, the Tigres' offense made him the winner in the 8th. New pitcher Euclides Leyer plunked Rivas and Sergio Alcantara pinch-ran. Following a sacrifice bunt, Bonifacio tripled in the tying run. Samuel Adames entered to face his countrymates and struck out Núñez then intentionally walked Canó. Hernandez singled in Bonifacio for a 5-4 Dominican lead. J.C. Mejia faced the minimum in the bottom of the 8th then Jairo Asencio blanked Rivas in the 9th, allowing only a hit to LF Norlando Valle.

Game 6

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Caguas 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
Hermosillo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Win: Angel Reyes (1-0) Loss: Odrisamer Despaigne (0-1) Save: Chavez Fernander (1)

Caguas's staff showed off their stuff as Alex Sanabia, Angel Reyes, Bryan Garcia, Lincoln Henzman, Endrys Briceño, Danny Wirchansky and Chavez Fernander team on a four-hitter, with only one hit over the final six innings. Mexico's pitching nearly matched them, with scoreless ball and two innings except for the 5th inning. In that frame, LF Danny Ortiz and RF Heliot Ramos started off with singles off Odrisamer Despaigne. C Jonathan Morales bunted both men over and 3B Emmanuel Rivera singled to center to plate both runners.

February 3[edit]

Game 7

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
La Guaira 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
Curaçao 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Win: Luis Martinez (1-0) Loss: Scott Prins (0-1) Save: Arnaldo Hernández (2)

The Tiburones began quickly when CF Alexi Amarista singled off Scott Prins to open it and RF Ramón Flores went deep with one away. Suns DH Wladimir Balentien was hit by Luis Martinez to begin the bottom of the second and advanced on a wild pitch and two grounders to make it a one-run game. In the third, SS Ehire Adrianza drew a leadoff walk from Prins and 2B Wilfredo Tovar singled with one out (after the initial call on the field was overturned). Arlison Rodriguez replaced Prins and walked both Flores and LF Yasiel Puig to force in a run. DH Wilson Ramos hit into a run-scoring force for a 4-1 lead. Franklin Van Gurp, Wendell Floranus, Nelmerson Angela and Anthony Herrera shut out La Guaira the rest of the way but they had done all the damage they needed. Curaçao got a little closer in the bottom of the inning when C Hendrik Clementina tripled and Martinez threw a wild pitch, but the Venezuelan bullpen also proved effective, not allowing any more runs.

Game 8

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hermosillo 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 10 0
Chiriqui 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 5 0
Win: Severino González (1-0) Loss: Jake Sanchez (0-1)

Mexico looked set for their first win but instead fell to 0-3 despite only being outscored by four runs in that period. They got to Samuel Burgos in the first when DH Roberto Valenzuela singled with one out, LF Aaron Altherr drew a two-out walk and 1B Bobby Bradley singled in a run. Chiriqui tied it in the second when CF Jhonny Santos homered off Wilmer Ríos, the only run Ríos gave up in his 5 2/3 IP. It was still 1-1 entering the 5th when Valenzuela again started a rally with a single. Kenny Hernandez replaced Burgos and got two quick outs before Bradley singled the runner to third. 3B Agustín Murillo then laid down a bunt hit that put Hermosillo ahead, 2-1.

The Naranjeros made it 3-1 in the 9th when RF Julian Ornelas singled off Severino González with two away and Altherr tripled him home. They looked to close it out with Series veteran Jake Sanchez. DH Iván Herrera was hit by a pitch and C Christian Bethancourt doubled. Sanchez struck out SS Rubén Tejada then 3B Johan Camargo grounded in a run; the Panamanians had closed it to 3-2 and had the tying run on third but they were down to their last out. 1B Jean Arnaez singled in Bethancourt to tie it at three then Santos came up with the game-winning triple.

Game 9

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Licey 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 12 1
Caguas 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Win: César Valdéz (1-0) Loss: Daryl Thompson (0-1) Save: Jairo Asencio (2)

Licey turned to last year's Series MVP César Valdéz and he handed Caguas their first loss. He got some support in the second when 1B Ramon Hernandez, DH Dawel Lugo and RF Hector Rodriguez all singled then 3B Kelvin Gutiérrez grounded into a run-scoring double play. They beefed up the lead in the third, getting all the offense they would need. CF Emilio Bonifacio had a one-out single and DH Robinson Canó had a two-out homer. Hernandez then doubled and Lugo singled him home for a 4-0 lead.

The Criollos got their only runs in the bottom of the 4th as RF Heliot Ramos singled and LF Danny Ortiz doubled him in. A sac fly by CF Johneshwy Fargas closed it to 4-2, but that's as close as they would get. The Tigres meanwhile tacked on one more run in the 7th against Christian Torres when LF Yadiel Hernández singled, was bunted over and scored on a hit by SS Gustavo Núñez.

This game drew an all-time Caribbean Series record crowd of 35,972, as the organizers' hope of drawing massively from Miami's Latin community was fulfilled.

February 4[edit]

Game 10

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chiriqui 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 1 6 10 2
Rivas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 8 2
Win: Heitor Tokar (1-0) Loss: Ronald Medrano (0-1) Save: Severino González (1)

The two Central American teams squared off; the Federales remained unbeaten while the Gigantes stayed winless. Ronald Medrano kept Panama scoreless for four. With one out in that inning, RF Ricardo Céspedes smacked his third double in three games. 2B Edgar Muñoz drew a walk and Fidencio Flores took over on the hill. With two away, C Iván Herrera singled in the go-ahead run. Panama padded the lead with four more in the 6th and did not look back; Céspedes and LF Allen Córdoba each had three hits, the latter driving in three. Brazilian Heitor Tokar went six shutout innings for the win.

Game 11

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Caguas 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 6 10 1
La Guaira 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 1
Win: Danny Wirchansky (1-0) Loss: Tiago Da Silva (0-1) Save: Chavez Fernander (2)

While a Brazilian won for Panama today, Venezuela had less success with their Brazilian starter in getting bumped from the ranks of the unbeaten. RF Nelson Velázquez scored a pair and SS Jack López drove in two for Caguas, which scored twice in the first and never looked back. Chavez Fernander allowed one hit over the final three for the save.

Game 12

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hermosillo 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 2 9 9 1
Licey 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Win: Jeff Kinley (1-0) Loss: Andy Otero (0-1)

After three close losses, the Naranjeros get their first win in dominant fashion. Things don't start well for them, though, as Jeff Kinley allows a single to CF Emilio Bonifacio, a double to SS Gustavo Núñez and a sacrifice fly to 2B Robinson Canó. He escaped that jam and finished with one run in six innings while Taylor Williams, Fernando Salas and Luis Marquez each throw a hitless, scoreless innings to close it out.

After 8 of their first 9 hitters were retired, CF José Cardona got Mexico's offense going with a two-out single in the third. SS Roberto Valenzuela singled and DH Julian Ornelas was plunked. LF Aaron Altherr, the LMP MVP, smacked a three-run double to put the Naranjeros ahead and they kept going from there; Altherr drew three walks to reach in four of his five trips to the plate today.

February 5[edit]

Game 13

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rivas 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
Curaçao 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 x 6 9 0
Win: Shairon Martis (1-0) Loss: Pedro Torrez (0-1) Save: Kevin Kelly (1)

Nicaragua got to former major leaguer Shairon Martis in the second on a two-out single by RF Francisco Peguero followed by a double by DH Elián Herrera. They then doubled their lead in the 4th on a leadoff double from 3B Emmanuel Garcia and a two-out double by Peguero. Those were the only runs Martis allowed in his eight innings of work and his offense gave him the win by coming to life in the bottom of the 4th. CF Jurickson Profar drew a walk then RF Wladimir Balentien singled and 3B Didi Gregorius beat out a bunt hit. After 2B Jonathan Schoop lined out, his brother 1B Sharlon Schoop grounded in Profar. C Hendrik Clementina walked and DH Juremi Profar singled in a pair for the lead.

The Suns built their lead in the 6th against Jesus Linarez. Gregorius singled, Sharlon Schoop had a one-out single and Clementina socked a three-run homer. In the 9th, C Raudy Read greeted Anthony Herrera with a double and 1B Cheslor Cuthbert singled. Peguero hit into a run-scoring double play and Elián Herrera doubled to chase Anthony Herrera. Kevin Kelly entered and closed the door on Rivas.

Game 14

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
La Guaira 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 6 13 0
Hermosillo 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Win: Jorgan Cavanerio (1-0) Loss: Juan Gámez (0-1)

Mexico again had a fine start done undone by their bullpen. Zach Matson turned in four shutout innings then Joe Van Meter followed with two. While they were doing their job, the Naranjeros gave them a 1-0 lead in the third. 2B Irving López, CF José Cardona and DH Roberto Valenzuela had three straight two-out singles off Ricardo Pinto. That was all the offense Mexico mustered today, though.

Their lead collapsed in the 7th after Juan Gámez succeeded Van Meter. With one away, 1B Leonardo Reginatto, 2B Alcides Escobar and CF Alexi Amarista all singled to tie the game. Curtis Taylor relieved but allowed a RBI single to SS Wilfredo Tovar. He got the second out but DH Wilson Ramos singled and 3B Hernán Pérez drew a walk. Mexico tried their third hurler of the inning, Elkin Alcala. C Luis Torrens greeted him with a three-run double to make it a six-run inning and put things out of reach.

Game 15

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Caguas 1 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 7 9 3
Chiriquí 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 x 9 13 1
Win: Fernando Pérez (1-0) Loss: Derrick Adams (0-1) Save: Severino González (2)

Panama remained unbeaten but got a late scare. The Criollos got to James González early as CF Bryan Torres walked, stole second and scored on a one-out single by 3B Emmanuel Rivera; it was the first of his three runs today. The Federales struck back in the second when RF Jhonny Santos drew a two-out walk from Derrick Adams. 2B Joshwan Wright doubled and two Puerto Rican errors on the play made it 2-1. LF Edgar Muñoz walked and CF Allen Córdoba had a bunt single then C Iván Herrera doubled them both in to make it 4-1.

Puerto Rico battled back in the third when Torres walked and DH Nelson Velázquez went deep to close it to 4-3. Panama's offense kept rolling. SS Rubén Tejada drew a walk from Christian Torres and DH Jean Arnaez had a one-out single. Bryan Garcia replaced Torres and Santos singled in a run, though Arnaez was thrown out at third. Wright singled for a 6-3 edge, Muñoz was plunked and Córdoba walked. When the wild Garcia also hit Herrera, it was 7-3.

Caguas got one in the 6th against Steven Fuentes. LF Danny Ortiz walked, advanced on a throwing error on a pick-off attempt from Herrera, and scored on a grounder by RF Heliot Ramos as they cut the gap to 3, 7-4. They got closer still in the 7th. SS Jack López's single chases Fuentes. Kenny Hernandez relieved then Bryan Torres singled and Velázquez singled for his third RBI. It was now Panama's turn for wild pitching as 1B J.C. Escarra drew a walk and new hurler Fernando Pérez walked Rivera to force in a run and the big lead was down to one run, 7-6, with none out and the bases loaded. Pérez recovered, getting Ortiz to hit into a force at home then striking out Ramos and getting 2B Vimael Machín on a lineout.

Puerto Rico loaded the bases in the 8th but failed to score when Escarra hit into a crucial double play for the Central Americans. Panama got some big insurance in the 8th against Endrys Briceño. 1B Christian Bethancourt doubled and scored on a one-out double from 3B Johan Camargo. After a wild pitch and a hit batsman, Danny Wirchansky relieved and got Santos for out number two but Wright had a bunt single for his third hit of the day, scoring Camargo.

The Criollos weren't done yet. Ramos's two-out dinger off Severino González closed it to 9-7. Machín singled to bring up the potential tying run in backup SS Trei Cruz but González retired him for his second save of the Series.

February 6[edit]

Game 16

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hermosillo 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 13 0
Rivas 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 1
Win: Manny Barreda (1-1) Loss: Luis Ramirez (0-1) Save: Luis Marquez (1)

Mexico kept Nicaragua winless. They jumped on Luis Ramirez early as DH Roberto Valenzuela drew a one-out walk and LF Aaron Altherr smashed a two-out homer to make it 2-0. In the third, Altherr had a one-out single, then 1B Bobby Bradley and 3B Agustín Murillo singled for a 3-0 lead; Murillo finished 5-for-5. Leo Crawford relieved and allowed a RBI single to SS Juan Carlos Gamboa. With two away, C Sergio Burruel singled in another and Mexico led 5-0. Their pitchers made that hold up.

Game 17

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Curaçao 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Licey 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 x 2 7 1
Win: Raúl Valdés (1-1) Loss: Cody Mincey (0-1) Save: Jairo Asencio (3)

Two 2-2 teams squared off and it was a fine pitching duel. Raúl Valdés, Fernando Abad, Neftali Feliz, J.C. Mejia and Jairo Asencio blanked a Suns team with 7 former major leaguers in the starting lineup. CF Roger Bernadina had two hits but his teammates were 1-for-25 with no walks and nine strikeouts. Cody Mincey wasn't quite as dominant but kept the Tigres off the board for three innings. In the 4th, hits from SS Gustavo Núñez, 1B Ramon Hernandez and 3B Dawel Lugo gave the Dominicans their only run off Mincey, but it was all they would need. They tacked on an insurance run in the 8th when DH Emilio Bonifacio and Núñez singled off Franklin Van Gurp and 2B Robinson Canó hit a sacrifice fly off Shea Spitzbarth.

Game 18

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chiriquí 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 0
La Guaira 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 x 5 6 1
Win: Elvis Araujo (1-0) Loss: Abdiel Saldana (0-1) Save: Arnaldo Hernández (3)

Venezuela knocked Panama from being the only unbeaten team as the two were now tied for the lead at 4-1. The Federales burst out to a quick start against Ariel Miranda when CF Allen Córdoba and 1B Iván Herrera hit back-to-back one-out homers in the first. Venezuela struck back in the second. Facing Antonio Frías, DH Wilson Ramos singled, LF Yasiel Puig walked and 3B Hernán Pérez doubled to make it 2-1 but Frías escaped the inning without allowing another run.

In the 3rd, Chiriquí took a 3-1 lead. LF Edgar Muñoz singled and took second on an error by 2B Alcides Escobar. Córdoba singled but was caught stealing then Herrera walked. Anthony Castro relieved and C Christian Bethancourt had a RBI single. Panama carried the 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 6th. SS Wilfredo Tovar drew a one-out walk and Ramos a two-out walk. Abdiel Saldana replaced Frías but walked Puig. Pérez then smacked his second two-bagger, this one a bases-clearing shot for a four-RBI day, and his team held a 4-3 edge.

La Guaira got a crucial insurance run in the 7th when Escobar avenged himself with an error. In the 9th, Arnaldo Hernández came on to close it out but Jhonny Santos greeted him with a pinch-hit double. Another pinch-hitter, Joshwan Wright, singled as well and Venezuela's lead was down to one. Hernández got Muñoz to hit into a crucial double play and then whiffed Córdoba, who had been 3-for-4 today to push his Series average over .400, as Arnaldo registered his third save.

February 7[edit]

Game 19

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Curaçao 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
Caguas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Win: J.C. Sulbaran (1-1) Loss: Daryl Thompson (0-2) Save: Anthony Herrera (2)

With a spot in the semifinals at stake, Curaçao tops Puerto Rico, 2-0. Veteran J.C. Sulbaran faced the minimum through the first three, but Daryl Thompson was matching him goose egg for goose egg. In the 4th, DH Wladimir Balentien singled and 2B Jonathan Schoop doubled. Alex Claudio replaced Thompson and got an out then walked C Hendrik Clementina intentionally. 1B Juremi Profar's sacrifice fly made it 1-0, Suns. Wendell Floranus, Shea Spitzbarth and Anthony Herrera succeded Sulbaran with scoreless relief. It was still 1-0 entering the 9th. Profar opened that inning with a single off Endrys Briceño and Darren Seferina pinch-ran. SS Andrelton Simmons bunted into a two-base error by Briceño. After an out, Danny Wirchansky relieved and intentionally walked CF Jurickson Profar. Just like after the prior intentional walk to load the bases, the Suns got a sac fly, this time from 3B Didi Gregorius. That wrapped up the scoring for the game.

Game 20

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Licey 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
Chiriquí 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 x 3 7 1
Win: Davis Romero (1-0) Loss: Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1)

The defending champs finish the round-robin only 3-3. DH Emilio Bonifácio began the game with a triple off Ernesto Silva but was stranded. In the second, CF Jhonny Santos homered off Jorge Martínez to make it 1-0. Licey struck back in the 3rd as Bonifácio walked, 2B Robinson Canó had a one-out single and Bonifácio stole third, then scored on a two-out hit by 3B Dawel Lugo. It remained 1-1 until the 6th when 1B Christian Bethancourt took Lisalverto Bonilla deep. After Silva left, 40-year-old Davis Romero turned in four shutout innings. The Federales got a little insurance in the 8th when SS Johan Camargo singled in LF Allen Córdoba.

Game 21

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rivas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
La Guaira 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 5 x 9 18 0
Win: Ángel Padrón‎‎ (1-0) Loss: Yoanner Negrín (0-1)

Rivas not only finishes their first Series winless, but wind up getting no-hit, raising questions about whether they would be included in future editions. Ángel Padrón‎‎ was nearly perfect, allowing only a 8th-inning walk to 1B Raudy Read, for the second Caribbean Series no-hitter - 72 years after Tommy Fine had hurled the only prior one. He only needed 88 pitches for his masterpiece. His teammates, meanwhile, bang out 18 hits and score 9 times. RF Odubel Herrera, 1B Leonardo Reginatto and 2B Alcides Escobar each have three hits for the Tiburones in their rout as they finish the round-robin in first place.

February 8[edit]

Game 22

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Licey 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 8 2
Chiriquí 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 0
Win: Fernando Abad (1-0) Loss: Harold Araúz (0-1) Save: Jairo Asencio (4)

Chiriquí had gone 5-1 in the round-robin, while the defending champs had only been 3-3, but Licey knocked out the Federales in the semifinals today. SS Gustavo Núñez drew a one-out walk in the first from Harold Araúz and 2B Robinson Canó grounded him over, then 3B Dawel Lugo delivered a RBI single. They got more in the third as RF Junior Lake walked, was balked over and came home on a hit by CF Emilio Bonifácio. Núñez laid down a bunt and Canó drew another walk. Steven Fuentes took over on the hill but walked Lugo. LF Yadiel Hernández delivered a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

In the 6th, three straight singles from Hernández, C Webster Rivas and 1B Kelvin Gutiérrez put the Dominicans ahead by four. Cameron Gann, Jonathan Aro, Fernando Abad and Neftali Feliz blanked the Panamanians for the first seven. They got their lone run in the 8th off J.C. Mejia when LF Allen Córdoba doubled and DH Iván Herrera singled him home.

Game 23

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Curaçao 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 0
La Guaira 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 x 6 7 0
Win: Miguel Romero (2-0) Loss: Nelmerson Angela (0-1)

The other team that went 5-1 in the round-robin prevailed in their semifinal. They fell behind quickly when LF Roger Bernadina doubled off Miguel Romero and scored on a hit from CF Jurickson Profar; Bernadina would finish with a three-hit day. The Suns' other Profar drove in their second run - in the 4th, RF Ademar Rifaela singled and 1B Juremi Profar had a RBI double. Despite getting 11 hits, those were the only runs for Curaçao as they wound up stranding ten.

Venezuela came back and took the lead for good in the bottom of the 4th. With two away, DH Wilson Ramos singled and LF Yasiel Puig walked. RF Ramón Flores (who would reach in all four plate appearances and score or drive in four of his team's six runs) singled in Ramos. Kevin Kelly took over for Nelmerson Angela but allowed a two-run single to C Luis Torrens and the Tiburones had all the runs they would need. They had another 3-run frame coming, though. In the 6th, Ramos had a one-out single off Wendell Floranus. Flores doubled him home with two away. Franklin Van Gurp relieved and walked Torres then 1B Leonardo Reginatto singled in both runners to make it 6-2, the final score.

February 9[edit]

Game 24

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Curaçao 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
Chiriquí 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 0 x 5 10 1
Win: Samuel Burgos (1-0) Loss: Cody Mincey (0-2) Save: Severino González (2)

The 3rd-place game was a close contest. The Suns got to Heitor Tokar in the second on three straight one-out singles, by 1B Juremi Profar, SS Didi Gregorius and RF Ademar Rifaela. The Federales answered in the bottom of the inning against Scott Prins. 3B Johan Camargo had a one-out single and CF Jhonny Santos walked. RF Ricardo Céspedes hit into a force at second, then 2B Joshwan Wright hit into an error by 3B Darren Seferina to tie it.

Curaçao went ahead in the third. Seferina singled then raced home on a hit by LF Roger Bernadina. With two out, 2B Jonathan Schoop homered and it was 4-1. Juremi Profar singled. As Tokar had now allowed 7 hits and 4 runs in 2 2/3 IP, he was replaced by Samuel Burgos. Burgos worked 4 2/3 shutout innings as the Panamanian bullpen pitched shutout ball the rest of the day. Meanwhile, their offense edged closer in the 4th. SS Rubén Tejada singled for one of his three hits. Camargo walked and Santos grounded both men into scoring position. Céspedes also had a productive out, grounding in a run. A single by Wright plated Camargo to make it 4-3.

In the 6th, Chiriquí tied it against Cody Mincey. Tejada and Camargo both singled and Santos bunted them over. After an intentional walk to Céspedes, Wright's sacrifice fly brought in Tejada. When C Iván Herrera took Mincey deep in the 7th, Panama had taken the lead for the first time, but it would hold.

Game 25

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Licey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
La Guaira 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 x 3 9 0
Win: Ricardo Pinto (1-0) Loss: César Valdéz (1-1) Save: Arnaldo Hernández (4)

The dominant team this Series, the Tiburones bring home Venezuela's first title in 15 years and the first in team history, with a strong pitching display. Ricardo Pinto, Jorgan Cavanerio, Silvino Bracho, Anthony Vizcaya and Arnaldo Hernández strike out 11 and walk one in a six-hit whitewash. 2B Robinson Canó goes 3-for-3 with a walk but his teammates are a combined 3-for-29 with no walks.

The defending champs matched Pinto for three innings. LF Yasiel Puig opened the 4th with a hit off reigning Series MVP César Valdéz and Odubel Herrera pinch-ran. RF Ramón Flores singled and C Luis Torrens bunted the runners over. After an intentional walk to 1B Leonardo Reginatto, 2B Alcides Escobar's sacrifice fly scored Herrera with what would be the winning run. In the 5th, they got insurance when SS Wilfredo Tovar singled and 3B Hernán Pérez tripled him in. Jonathan Aro relieved and got one out, then Herrera grounded in the game's last run.

The game beat the all-time attendance record set earlier in the tournament, as 36,098 tickets were sold. Pinto was named the Caribbean Series MVP and winning manager Ozzie Guillen became only the second person to have won both a Caribbean Series and a World Series title as manager, after Tommy Lasorda.


Further Reading[edit]

  • Ricardo Montes de Oca: "Marlins eye 'home of béisbol' title with Serie del Caribe", mlb.com, February 8, 2024. [1]
  • Manny Randhawa: "Venezuela's Ángel Padrón throws first Caribbean Series no-no since 1952", mlb.com, February 8, 2024. [2]
  • David Venn: "Caribbean Series preview: Big names hit Miami for historic tournament", mlb.com, January 31, 2024. [3]
  • David Venn: "Venezuela shuts out DR to win 8th Caribbean Series title", mlb.com, February 10, 2024. [4]

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