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02/12/2004 Archived Entry: "CARIBBEAN SERIES STATS"
PITCHERS OUTDUELED HITTERS
The last Caribbean Series held in Dominican Republic, showed the Latin pitching power, that has been performed at a major league level, while big hitters names come up to almost "nothing " names, in front of big hurlers suchs as series MVP Franncis Beltran , who led the tournament in saves with 2 tied with Francisco Rodriguez) Anaheim) of Venezuela ,and ERA with 0.00, along with Luis Ayala (Expos) of Mexico.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico´s righthander Dickie Gonzales fanned a total of 14 batters to become series Dr. K, while 10 pitchers got an identical 1-0 record in wins, among them ,names of the tale of Mexicans, Elmer Dessens (Arizona), Rodrigo Lopez (Orioles) and Luis Ayala, along with Dominicans, Francis Beltran,Guillermo Mota (Dodgers), Felix Rodriguez (Giants), Jose Jimenez, and Venezuelans, Rick Palma, Victor Moreno and Francisco Butto, got ou unbeaten.
In spite of that, hitters who did it well enough to be awarded with the leading role in each and every offensive category were batting champion Carlos Rivera from Puerto Rico,whose .450 average (20-9), followed by Eduardo Rios (Ven), Mendy Lopez (DR) and Mexican Benji Gil, that made them be included into the All Star team.
Home run king were Venezuelan Eduardo Rios and Dominican Raul Gonzales with 2 roundtrippers, while RBI kings were Luis Ordaz from Venezuela, Kit Pellow (Mex) and Jose Offerman with 5.
In doubles Benji Gil got 3, while Carlos Rivera was " the hit machine with 9.
In other subjects, Raul Mondesi is in legal troubles, when former major leaguer Mario Guerrero, suited him for contract non compliance, and Santo Domingo´s Court ordered to confiscate all his bank acccounts, up until he gets his lawsuit cleared up. The story behind it, is that, Mario was formerly training Raul to polish his baseball skills and become a good player and prospect ,while in his native hometown, offering as compensation by contract part of his future incomes, once reaching the big leagues, which according to Mario´s demand , that failed to happen.