The Tigres of Aragua, champions of the Venezuelan baseball league, won the 2009 Caribbean World Series in Mexicali, Mexico after beating the Venados of Mazatlán (champions of the Mexican baseball league) 5 to 3.
The Venezuelan team won for the fifth time in five games in the ‘Casa de Geo’ Stadium in the Mexican state of Baja California.
This is the first Caribbean World Series title for the Tigres and the seventh for a Venezuelan team. The Navegantes of Magallanes, Leones of Caracas and Águilas of Zulia have all won two titles each.
American manager Buddy Bailey relied on Erick Arteaga, a pitcher who usually comes on in relief for Zulia, for the start.
Arteaga pitched for 2 and 2/3s innings in which he allowed one run before giving way to Marcos Carvajal, Orber Moreno, Ronald Belisario and Francisco Buttó, who managed to hold down the Mexican offense.
Mazatlán took the lead in the first inning with a two-run double from Adrián González, but the Tigres hit back in the second with RBI singles from Raúl Chávez and Rodney Medina.
The Mexican team tied the game in the fifth inning following a single by Adrián González.
The Tigres then scored three runs in the seventh, enough to beat the local team and take hom the title. They scored with hits from Luis Ugueto and Chávez, as well as a hit by Selwynn Langaigne.
In the ninth inning, Mazatlán rallied for one run against Buttó, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, but this was not enough to beat the Venezuelan champions.
Moreno was credited with the victory, and Oscar Butillos took the loss. Buttó recorded a saved game, his fourth in the series.
For the Tigres, Chávez went 3/5 with two RBIs and Langaigne also went 3/5 with one run and an RBI. For Mazatlán, Adrián González went 2/3 with a double and two RBIs.
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 9, 2009