2022 Caribbean Series
The 2022 Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was the fifty-second edition of the second stage of the Caribbean Series. It was played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from January 28-February 3, 2022, at Estadio Quisqueya. It was the earliest the Series had begun, two days prior to last year's record-setter. The series featured six teams - from Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela. The Caimanes de Barranquilla of the Colombian League won the series and were managed by José Mosquera. The Most Valuable Player was Reynaldo Rodríguez, an infielder with Barranquilla. Barranquilla had gone 0-5 the prior year and Colombian teams had been 0-10 in Series history before this year's championship.
|Caimanes de Barranquilla||Colombian League||7||5||2||.714||José Mosquera|
|Gigantes del Cibao||Dominican League||7||5||2||.714||Luis Urueta|
|Charros de Jalisco||Mexican Pacific League||6||3||3||.500||Roberto Vizcarra|
|Navegantes del Magallanes||Venezuelan League||6||3||3||.500||Willie Romero|
|Criollos de Caguas||Puerto Rican League||5||1||4||.200||Ramón Vázquez|
|Astronautas de Los Santos||Panamanian League||5||1||4||.200||Raul Domínguez|
- The Charros de Jalisco won the Mexican Pacific League title for the second time, having played in the 2019 Caribbean Series.
- The Navegantes del Magallanes were playing in their 13th Caribbean Series and had won twice, most recently in 1979.
- The Criollos de Caguas were five-time Series champs and had just won their 20th Puerto Rican League crown.
- The Gigantes del Cibao won their second Dominican League title, having played in the 2015 Caribbean Series.
- The Astronautas de Los Santos had won their first Panamanian League pennant. They had appeared two years prior when they were the Astronautas de Chiriquí.
- The Caimanes de Barranquilla won the Colombian League title to make their second Caribbean Series, having appeared the prior year as well.
- Batting Average: .500 - Reynaldo Rodríguez, Barranquilla
- Home Runs: Nine tied with one
- Runs Batted In: 8 - Robinson Canó, Cibao
- Wins: Eighteen tied with one
- C: Christian Bethancourt, Los Santos (.350/.350/.400)
- 1B: Reynaldo Rodríguez, Barranquilla (.500/.536/.731)
- 2B: Robinson Canó, Cibao (.417/.542/.548, 8 RBI)
- SS: Hanser Alberto. Cibao (.276/.281/.414)
- 3B: Niuman Romero, Magallanes (.273/.429/.273, 6 BB)
- LF: Félix Pérez, Magallanes (.263/.364/.579)
- CF: José Siri, Cibao (.267/.313/.433)
- RF: Danry Vásquez, Magallanes (.333/.440/.476)
- DH: Juan Francisco, Cibao (.286/.286/.286)
- SP: Tyler Alexander, Cibao (1-0, 2.45)
- RP: Luis Castillo, Cibao (1-0, 0 R in 2 IP)
- Manager: José Mosquera, Barranquilla
|Win: Abdiel Saldana (1-0) Loss: Alexis Diaz (0-1)|
Panama started off with a nice comeback win. Harold Araúz held Puerto Rico to one run in six - in the 4th, he walked 3B Emmanuel Rivera and 2B Vimael Machín and DH Roberto Pérez singled in a run. Meanwhile, Nivaldo Rodríguez, Braden Webb and Ricardo Velez kept Panama off the board through seven innings. That changed in the 8th against Fernando Cruz as LF Olmo Rosario hit a two-out homer to tie it. 1B Ivan Herrera singled and DH Joe Deluca walked. Caguas turned to 43-year-old closer Ricardo Gómez but RF Christian Bethancourt singled in Herrera for a 2-1 lead.
Former Series MVP David Vidal opened the 9th with a single off Abdiel Saldana and Brett Rodriguez pinch-ran. PH Jancarlos Cintron singled him to third then Pérez hit into an error by SS Eduardo Thomas Jr. to even the score. Saldana promptly struck out C Jonathan Morales and SS Edwin Diaz to end the threat. In the bottom of the 9th, Alexis Diaz came in to pitch. 3B Jose Caballero walked and CF Jhonny Santos got plunked. 2B Edgar Muñoz singled in Caballero with the game-winner.
|Win: Luis Moreno (1-0) Loss: Junior Guerra (0-1)|
After having gone winless in their prior two Caribbean Series appearances, dropping all ten games, a Colombian team wins handily in their opener this year. They got all the runs they needed in the third. LF Andrés Angulo opened the inning with a hit off Junior Guerra. After an out, CF Brayan Buelvas hit into a force and SS Tsung-Che Cheng walked. 2B Carlos Arroyo singled in one run then RF Harold Ramírez singled in another. A two-run single by 1B Reynaldo Rodríguez made it 4-0. A fine pitching effort by seven Colombian hurlers (none of them working more than two innings) held Venezuela to four hits and one run. Eduar Lopez started it off and was succeeded by Luis Moreno, Sugar Ray Marimón, Francisco Jiménez, Rodrigo Benoit, Ronald Ramírez and Donald Goodson.
|Win: Luis Castillo (1-0) Loss: Jared Wilson (0-1) Save: Juan Minaya (1)|
The Dominicans came out strong against LMP finals MVP Brennan Bernardino as SS Hanser Alberto hit a one-out triple and 2B Robinson Canó grounded him in. In the bottom of the first, 1B Joey Meneses hit a two-out single off Tyler Alexander, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by DH Japhet Amador. In the bottom of the third, 2B Esteban Quiroz doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a Meneses single. Cibao took out Alexander after that inning and the bullpen of Frank Garces, Jenrry Mejia, Luis Castillo, Jhan Maríñez, Reymin Guduan, Fernando Abad and Juan Minaya allowed no runs the rest of the way.
Bernardino settled down after the first and Mexico still held their 2-1 lead going into the seventh. RF Moisés Sierra doubled off Jared Wilson to open the inning, then Jordany Valdespin drew a pinch-hit walk. After an out, CF José Siri hit into a force to put men on the corners. Alberto singled to center to plate Sierra with the tying run. Samuel Zazueta took over for Wilson and eight-time All-Star Canó greeted him with a single to drive in Siri with the winning run.
|Win: Sugar Ray Marimón (1-0) Loss: Abdiel Saldana (1-1)|
After being 0-10 in their prior Series trips, Colombia started off this year at 2-0. 2B Carlos Arroyo started things off with a one-out homer in the bottom of the first off Manny Correa. Elkin Alcala blanked Los Santos for four but Panama tied it in the 5th. 1B Joe Deluca and C Christian Bethancourt singled and RF Rodrigo Orozco Jr. walked then Alcala gave way to Jeffry Nino. SS Eduardo Thomas Jr. hit into a run-scoring double play.
Colombia came back in the bottom of the inning. Correa hit DH Andrés Angulo and then walked C Sandy León with one out. CF Brayan Buelvas singled to load them up. Ernesto Silva relieved and SS Tsung-Che Cheng hit into a run-scoring force for a 2-1 edge. They got some insurance in the 7th. 3B Mauricio Ramos drew a one-out walk from Wilfredo Pereira. Luis Ramos took over for Pereira and walked León then Buelvas singled to again load the bags for Cheng. Cheng singled to make it 3-1, but Severino González came in and got two outs to prevent further harm.
The Astronautas took off in the 8th. Thomas drew a walk from Luis Escobar and CF Jhonny Santos hit into an error by Mauricio Ramos. Escobar retired the next two but LF Olmo Rosario singled in one run and the runners advanced on an error (Daniel Jiménez then ran for Rosario). Rodrigo Benoit came in but served up a two-run single to DH Ivan Herrera for a 4-3 Panamanian lead. In the bottom of the 8th, Colombia came back. 1B Reynaldo Rodríguez doubled (to go to 4-for-4), and PH Edgar Figueroa drew a one-out walk. Mauricio Ramos doubled in one run, but Figueroa was thrown out at the plate trying to score the go-ahead run.
Panama struck back in the top of the 9th. Thomas drew a one-out walk from Porfirio López in a repeat of the start of the prior rally then Santos and 3B Trey Hair both drew walks as well. Sugar Ray Marimón entered and got 2B Edgar Muñoz to hit into a force, scoring a run to put Los Santos ahead again. The Caimanes came back once again, in the bottom of the ninth. Buelvas drew a leadoff walk from José Molina and was bunted over, then Abdiel Saldana relieved. PH Carlos Martinez doubled in the tying run, then RF Harold Ramírez doubled in Martinez with the winner.
|Win: Yohander Méndez (1-0) Loss: Manny Barreda (0-1)|
Yohander Méndez was dominant, allowing one hit and no runs in five innings, then Wilking Rodríguez, Silvino Bracho, Anthony Vizcaya and Bruce Rondón completed the whitewash. Venezuela got all the offense it would need in the bottom of the third. LVBP finals MVP Cade Gotta drew a walk from Manny Barreda then Niuman Romero also walked. After one out, Danry Vásquez doubled in two runs and Balbino Fuenmayor singled in another. Gotta finished with three hits and a walk.
|Win: Raúl Valdés (1-0) Loss: Eric Stout (0-1) Save: Juan Minaya (2)|
Cibao went to 2-0, while Caguas fell to 0-2. The Gigantes used the same duo to get going as in Game 1 as SS Hanser Alberto singled off Eric Stout and Robinson Canó tripled him home. 3B Kelvin Gutiérrez walked and LF Marcell Ozuna hit a sacrifice fly. 44-year-old Raúl Valdés began with five shutout innings. Caguas got to him in the sixth. With two outs, LF David Vidal singled and RF Danny Ortiz doubled him in.
The Dominicans got insurance in the 7th. With one out, RF Ronald Guzmán singled off Carlos Francisco and PH Juan Francisco singled as well. CF Jose Siri hit into an error by 2B Jancarlos Cintron. After an out, Nelvin Fuentes relieved and Canó hit a two-run single for a 4-1 edge. In the 8th, 3B Emmanuel Rivera drew a leadoff walk from Reymin Guduan and Vidal hit a two-run homer, but Puerto Rico got no closer. The Dominicans got a little insurance in the bottom of the inning when Guzmán singled off Zach Muckenhirn to score Ozuna.
|Win: Wilmer Rios (1-0) Loss: Porfirio López (0-1) Save: Roberto Osuna (1)|
Winless Jalisco beat unbeaten Barranquilla as Wilmer Rios allowed three hits and no walks or runs in 6 2/3 IP, then Enrique Burgos Jr. and Roberto Osuna wrapped up the four-hit, no-walk whitewash. The only run came in the second when RF Félix Pérez took Porfirio López yard. The game took only 2 hours, 37 minutes.
|Win: Enderson Franco (1-0) Loss: Yordy Cabrera (0-1) Save: Bruce Rondón (1)|
Caguas fell to 0-3 as Magallanes outhit them, 12-4. The Navegantes had no trouble finding their way against Yordy Cabrera. In the top of the second, they got a pair on a single by 1B Balbino Fuenmayor, a double by DH Pablo Sandoval and a one-out two-run single by C Francisco Arcia. They added another in the third when 2B Willians Astudillo drew a walk, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and was driven in by LF Alberth Martínez.
Puerto Rico made it a one-run game in the third against César Jiménez. RF Nelson Velazquez singled and advanced on a wild pitch, then SS Edwin Diaz walked and there was a wild pitch to send Velazquez to third. After an out, Jiménez uncorked his third wild pitch of the inning to put both men in scoring position. 3B Emmanuel Rivera hit a two-run single. In addition to his three wild pitches, Jiménez walked four in 2 2/3 IP. The bullpen was much sharper as Enderson Franco, Vicente Campos, Wilking Rodríguez, Anthony Vizcaya and Bruce Rondón allowed two hits, one walk and no runs over the next 6 1/3 innings.
Venezuela got one insurance run in the fourth off Ricardo Velez. With two outs, 3B Niuman Romero singled, Astudillo walked and RF Danry Vásquez hit a ground-rule double. Velez, Braden Webb and Alexis Diaz pitched shutout ball the rest of the way but the damage had been done.
|Win: Ryan Kussmaul (1-0) Loss: Wilfredo Pereira (0-1)|
The Dominicans remained unbeaten, but Panama got on the board first. In the top of the second, C Christian Bethancourt had a one-out double off Yunesky Maya. RF Daniel Jiménez singled and an error on the play by LF Marcell Ozuna made it 1-0. SS Eduardo Thomas Jr. singled in Jimenez as well. Cibao came back in the bottom of the third against Eduardo Rivera. C Carlos Paulino doubled, CF Jose Siri tripled him in and SS Hanser Alberto doubled to tie the game (Alberto would finish with three hits today). Rivera intentionally walked 2B Robinson Canó and then Ozuna hit into a miscue by 2B Edgar Muñoz to make it 3-2.
Los Santos pulled alongside in the seventh against Ryan Kussmaul. 3B Trey Hair doubled and CF Jhonny Santos singled. With one out, LF Olmo Rosario grounded in Hair. The Gigantes came right back in the bottom of the inning. Wilfredo Pereira walked Paulino and Gustavo Núñez pinch-ran. He stole second and took third on a throwing error by Bethancourt, then Siri walked as well. Alberto doubled to score one run and Canó was intentionally walked again. The move backfired when Pereira walked Ozuna to force in Siri and make it 5-3. Elvin Liriano took over on the mound and got RF Henry Urrutia to hit into a force at home, but he walked 3B Kelvin Gutiérrez to force in another run. The Dominicans capped the scoring in the 8th. Manuel Soliman walked C Webster Rivas, who advanced on a grounder by Siri and a fly from Alberto. This time, Panama pitched to Canó and he made them pay with a run-scoring double.
|Win: Henderson Alvarez (1-0) Loss: José Molina (0-1) Save: Bruce Rondón (2)|
This contest featured a fine pitching duel as Panama's Davis Romero allowed two hits and no runs in 5 1/3 IP while Erick Leal and Henderson Alvarez combined for five shutout innings for Venezuela. In the 6th, José Molina relieved Romero with one out and RF Danry Vásquez singled. LF Angel Reyes homered; it was Venezuela's last hit, but they would not need another. Los Santos got closer in the bottom of the inning. DH Joe Deluca and RF Christian Bethancourt both singled off Danny Rondón. A bunt led to force at third then Silvino Bracho relieved. SS Eduardo Thomas Jr. walked and 3B Trey Hair hit a sacrifice fly to cut the gap to one. Bracho, Anthony Vizcaya and Bruce Rondón closed it out with shutout work over the final three.
|Win: Nick Struck (1-0) Loss: Oscar De La Cruz (0-1)|
Puerto Rico lost again, falling to 0-4. Nick Struck, David Gutierrez, Jared Wilson, Daniel Duarte and Jake Sanchez kept them off the board, with a combined six-hit shutout. Jalisco got all the offense they needed with the first two batters against Oscar De La Cruz as CF José Cardona singled and 2B Esteban Quiroz homered.
|Win: Fernando Perez (1-0) Loss: Lisalverto Bonilla (0-1) Save: Ronald Ramirez (1)|
The last unbeaten team fell as Colombia toppled the Dominicans in a close contest, upsetting a team with many former major leaguers. Facing former Ranger and Red Lisalverto Bonilla, the Caimanes went ahead in the second. 1B Reynaldo Rodríguez singled and LF Andrés Angulo hit into an error by 2B Robinson Canó. A bunt by DH Robinson Cabrera originally led to an out call but it was overturned on replay, loading the bases. CF Brayan Buelvas's sacrifice fly made it 1-0.
Colombia doubled their lead in the third. SS Tsung-Che Chung singled and stole second. With one out, RF Harold Ramírez singled (one of his three hits today) then Rodríguez singled home Chung. Colombia wouldn't get any more runs but wouldn't need any more. Minor league veteran Fernando Perez kept the Dominicans in check for five. In the 6th, he allowed a one-out double to José Siri and walked Hanser Alberto. After a power failure, Juan Diaz replaced Perez on the hill. Canó singled to cut it to 2-1 but LF Marcell Ozuna struck out. Diaz walked 3B Kelvin Gutiérrez then DH Juan Francisco grounded out to end the inning. Luis Moreno, Jeffry Nino and Ronald Ramirez shut out the Gigantes over the final three innings.
|Win: Luis Cruz (1-0) Loss: Eduar Lopez (0-1)|
At least Puerto Rico avoided a winless tournament by topping Colombia to end the round-robin. Caimanes 3B Mauricio Ramos took Luis Cruz deep to open the third, but Puerto Rico tied it in the bottom of the inning against Eduar Lopez when RF Rey Fuentes reached on an error by 2B Carlos Arroyo, 2B Jancarlos Cintron doubled and Lopez threw a wild pitch. They got the winning run in the 4th when SS Emmanuel Rivera singled off Lopez, 3B David Vidal walked, LF Roby Enriquez hit into a force at second and CF Johneshwy Fargas had a bunt RBI single against reliever Randy Consuegra.
In the 5th, Consuegra walked three then was replaced by Luis De Avila, who gave up a two-run single to PH Nelson Velasquez. They made their lead bigger in the sixth. Fuentes singled, Cintron hit into an error by Brallan Pérez (who had succeeded Arroyo) and C Jonathan Morales was hit. Luis Escobar took over for De Avila and got one out but 1B Vimael Machín hit into a two-run error by his counterpart, Andrés Angulo, as half of Puerto Rico's runs were unearned. Colombia got a little closer in the 8th when Braden Webb walked Edgar Figueroa, served up a single to Brayan Buelvas, walked Tsung-Che Cheng and gave up a sacrifice fly to Pérez.
|Win: Javier Solano (1-0) Loss: Ernesto Silva (0-1) Save: Roberto Osuna (2)|
Panama joined Puerto Rico as 1-4 and in missing the semifinals. Javier Solano allowed only two hits and two walks in six shutout innings and Enrique Burgos, Jake Sanchez and Roberto Osuna completed the shutout. Ernesto Silva matched Solano zero for zero through four innings before Mexico got to him in the fifth. CF José Cardona had a two-out single, stole second and took third on a throwing error by Freddy Fermin. 2B Esteban Quiroz singled in Cardona for the lone run. LF Félix Pérez was 2 for 2 with two walks for Mexico.
|Win: Fernando Abad (1-0) Loss: Danny Rondón (0-1)|
With both teams having locked up spots in the semifinals, this game was less meaningful. Fernando Abad was the 10th Dominican hurler and picked up the win. SS Hanser Alberto's sacrifice fly scored PR Melky Mesa with the winning run. In a losing cause, 3B Niuman Romero and DH Pablo Sandoval each collect three hits.
Game 16 - First Semi-final
|Win: Elniery García (1-0) Loss: Junior Guerra (0-2)|
Having already become the first Colombian Caribbean Series entry to win a game, secure a winning record and make the semifinals, the Caimanes easily punched their ticket for the finals. They jumped all over Junior Guerra, a veteran of over 200 MLB games, for four runs in two innings. 2B Carlos Arroyo was one of five Colombians with two hits and also had two runs and three RBI. Meanwhile, Elniery García (who had never advanced beyond A ball) allowed only one hit in 6 2/3 shutout innings (4 BB, 3 K). Luis Moreno finished out the 7th and Ronald Ramírez pitched a scoreless 8th before Yaramil Hiraldo allowed the lone run in the 9th when LF Angel Reyes drove in 1B Balbino Fuenmayor.
Game 17 - Second Semi-final
|Win: Tyler Alexander (1-0) Loss: Brennan Bernardino (0-1) Save: Juan Minaya (3)|
The Dominicans earned a return trip to the finale with a pitching duel win over Mexico. Brennan Bernardino turned in a solid performance, allowing his only run in the 2nd when DH Henry Urrutia doubled and RF Moisés Sierra singled him in, for the first run allowed by the Mexican team in more than three games. The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 8th. 2B Robinson Canó opened that inning with a double off Jake Sanchez; with one out, Urrutia singled for his third hit and a sacrifice fly by Sierra off Roberto Osuna made it 2-0.
The insurance run proved crucial. After Tyler Alexander had pitched eight perfect innings, SS Isaac Rodríguez Salazar doubled to open the 9th. The Dominicans turned to closer Juan Minaya and PH Victor Mendoza singled to put men on the corners and bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate. Minaya got PH José Aguilar on a liner, then CF José Cardona grounded in a run to make it 2-1. Minaya retired 2B Esteban Quiroz on another grounder to end the game.
|Win: Elkin Alcala (1-0) Loss: Raúl Valdés (1-1) Save: Rodrigo Benoit (1)|
Colombia's Cinderella run ended with a title as they again got the win over an experienced major league hurler. The country that had never won a Series game before this year beat the country with the most Series titles. The big inning was the 2nd. 1B Reynaldo Rodríguez, who was later named the tournament MVP, doubled off Raúl Valdés and scored on a one-out double by 3B Mauricio Ramos. LF Dilson Herrera doubled as well to make it 2-0, then C Sandy León and CF Brayan Buelvas both singled for a 3-0 edge.
Elkin Alcala blanked Cibao for five. In the 6th, 3B Richard Ureña singled and advanced on a fly. After a second out, Luis Moreno replaced Alcala and a single by 2B Robinson Canó cut the lead to 3-1. Juan Diaz and Rodrigo Benoit would shut out the powerful Dominicans for the final three innings. Colombia got a little insurance in the 9th. Valdés had allowed only two hits outside the 2nd before Rodríguez again got it going, opening the frame with a single. Jhan Maríñez relieved and allowed a single to DH Andrés Angulo. Ramos then hit into a run-scoring double play. DH Henry Urrutia was 4-for-4 in a losing cause.
- Paul Casella and Manny Randhawa: "Caribbean Series FAQ 2022", mlb.com, January 27, 2022. 
- Manny Randhawa: "Colombia holds off D.R. for Caribbean Series title", mlb.com, February 3, 2022. 
|Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series)
|Most Valuable Player | Serie Interamericana | Confederación de Béisbol del Caribe|
|Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame|