By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
Hainley Statia’s pitching staff dealt their way to a 1-0 shutout victory for Curacao over Panama’s Federales De Chiriqui at Estadio De La Rinconada Saturday.
Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens went 3.2 innings, allowing six hits, two walks, and striking out one, facing 17 batters. Temesh Lourens came out of the bullpen in the fourth inning and went 3.1 innings, striking out two batters, walking two, and not allowing a hit.
Panama’s starting pitcher Edison Frias went five innings, allowing three hits, no earned runs, walking four and striking out three in the loss before manager Jose Mayorga went to his bullpen.
In the top of the sixth inning, Curacao’s Ray-Patrick Didder was hit by a pitch with the bases load, pushing Darren Seferina across the plate for the game’s only run.
Panama Relief pitcher Yusniel Padron did not come back out for the seventh inning as he just went 1 inning allowing two hits, one earned run, walking two and striking out one batter.
Curacao’s bullpen combined went the rest of the way after Jurrjens came out in the fourth, allowing no hits, two walks, and four strikeouts during the win. Relief pitcher Kevin Kelly threw the bottom of the eighth, going one inning, walking none, allowing no hits, and striking out one. Relief Pitcher Franklin Van Gurp came in to finish the game off in the ninth inning, and got Johnny Santos to ground into a double play to end the game.
Curacao improved their record to 2-1 at the Caribbean Series with the 1-0 shutout win.
Curacao will face Colombia’s Vaqueros De Monteria on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Estadio Forum La Guaira. Panama will go up against Puerto Rico’s Indios De Mayaguez on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Estadio Forum La Guaira.
All Caribbean Series games are streamed on ESPN Deportes and ESPN+.