Caribbean Series Day 2: Very Long Day and a Walkoff Winner

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Tuesday started with a long rain delay in the Dominican Republic putting day 2 of the Caribbean World Series on hold. The day ended with an extra-inning walkoff win for Venezuela over the host team in easily the best game of the series to date. When game 1 between Mexico and Cuba finally got going, Mexico’s catcher Sebastian Valle launched a 3-run double to put his team ahead 3-0 and they never looked back en route to a 9-3 win over Cuba. Cyle Hankerd put up a home run to make it 4-0 in the third. With the score 5-0 after 5 Cuba put up 3 in their half of the 6th, but a run in the 6th and 3 in the 7th gave Mexico the final margin of victory. They face Venezuela this afternoon.

As for said Venezuelan team, they worked overtime with a run in the 9th to tie the score and a run in the 10th for an 8-7 win over the Dominican Republic. The home team made it 4-0 early but Venezuela tied it at 4-4. The tying run in the 9th came off former big leaguer and Venezuelan closer Fernando Rodney. Cuba takes on Puerto Rico in tonight’s late game, giving the 0-2 home team a night off.

The Mets traded Darrell Ceciliani to the Blue Jays for a player to be named. Ceciliani is one of those Mets you think of from before the Yoenis Cespedes trade. Before Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe joined the team the Mets were trotting out a bad AAA offense to support above-average major league pitchers, and Ceciliani was part of that along with John Mayberry Jr and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (both gone) Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawicki, Danny Muno and Johnny Monell (all still in the organization if not on the 40-man roster.)

Another Met, Lucas Duda is our first birthday today. He is 30. He’s been a Met since they took him in round 7 of the 2007 draft. In 2010 he made his MLB debut and later hit his first MLB home run, both off the late Tommy Hanson, who we lost a few months ago. Up until 2014 Ike Davis played more first base than Duda, but Davis would be dealt to Pittsburgh that season leaving first base to Duda alone. He drove in 5 runs of the final game of the NLCS against the Cubs, tying a Mets record.  Curtis Granderson had driven in 5 in game 3 of the NLDS. Previously it had been done by Carlos Delgado, Edgardo Alfonso and Rusty Staub.

Fred Lynn is 64.  The Chicago native and Jim Rice were the two rookies in 1975 that took the Red Sox from nowhere to the World Series. Lynn was the league’s Rookie of the Year and MVP, though it is widely thought that if Jim Rice hadn’t broken his hand in September the outcome of the World Series could have been different.  Lynn was an All-Star 9 times, including 3 with the Angels after he left Boston.

He hit 4 All-Star home runs including the only grand slam in the mid-summer classic, a feat  he pulled off  in 1983-the 50th anniversary of the great event.

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