Mexico’s Yaquis de Obregon beat the Dominican Republic’s Escogido Leones, 4-3, to take the Caribbean Series final in an 18-inning, seven hour, 28-minute game.
Douglas Clark, from Springfield, Massachusetts, hit a homer off Dominican reliever Edward Valdez in a top of the 18th to give the Yaquis their second Caribbean Series title in three years. The 36-year-old Clark is a former University of Massachusetts football player picked by the San Francisco Giants in the seventh round of the 1998 draft. He played 14 games between the Giants the the Oakland A’s before doing a stint in Asia.
Ricardo Nanita, who has played 11 seasons in the minor leagues, took Orioles reliever Luis Ayala deep to lead off the bottom of the 9th for the DR to tie the game and send it into extras. Karim Garcia led off the top of the 14th with a homer for Mexico but Miguel Tejada hit a two-out, game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
The 21 pitchers used in the game set a Caribbean Series record.
It was the longest Caribbean Series game in history, breaking the previous record of six hours, 13 minutes in 2007 when Tony Batista‘s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 18th gave the Dominican Republic a 4-3 victory over Venezuela.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza, who played for Yaquis de Obregon was named the Most Valuable Player after pitching 13 1/3 scoreless innings in his two starts.