The Dominican Republic’s Gigantes del Cibao got in the Caribbean Series last on Thursday night with a tournament-best 5-1 record while playing in their house nation’s capital city, Santo Domingo. The Gigantes were likewise wanting to make it 3 straight series champions for the D.R.
Despite dealing with the Gigantes and their home-field benefit, it was the Caimanes de Barranquilla who became series champs with a 4-1 success at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal, ending up being the very first Colombian group to win the Caribbean Series title.
The Caimanes utilized a three-run 2nd inning, an outstanding start from right-hander Elkin Alcala and a shutdown effort from the bullpen as the title-clinching formula.
Back-to-back doubles from Mauricio Ramos and Dilson Herrera, plus a Brayan Buelvas RBI single 2 batters later on offered all the offense the Caimanes would require by the bottom of the 3rd. The Caimanes got an insurance coverage run in the top of the ninth on a Ramos ground ball that led to a double play.
Alcala offered his club 5 2/3 innings in which he yielded one operate on 4 hits, strolling one and setting out 7 prior to turning things over to the bullpen. Luis Moreno worked around a hit to complete the 6th, Juan Diaz pitched an inning and a 3rd, and Rodrigo Benoit got the video game’s last 5 outs to clinch the title for Colombia.
The Caribbean Series is a six-team competition including the champ from each of the 4 expert baseball leagues in the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation (Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Mexico), along with one agent each from Panama and Colombia.
The Caimanes punched their ticket to the competition for the 2nd successive year by winning their 12th Colombian Professional Baseball League title. They completed the competition with a 5-2 record and a champion after going winless in 5 video games throughout the 2021 Caribbean Series.