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The Naranjeros de Hermosillo swept the Liga ARCO Mexicana del Pacifico championship series, taking game four on Wednesday night 4-0 from the Venados de Mazatlan to earn a trip to the 2024 Caribbean Series in Miami.
Isaac Paredes ripped a two-run double in the top of the third to give the Naranjeros a 2-0 lead, and they added two more runs in the top of the seventh on RBI singles by Agustin Murillo and Andretty Cordero.
The sweep gave Hermosillo its 17th championship in the LAMP and its first in a decade. In 2014, the last time the Naranjeros won the LAMP title, they also captured the Caribbean Series title, defeating the Tigres del Licey from the Dominican Republic in the semifinals and the Indios de Mayaguez from Puerto Rico in the championship game at Estadio Nueva Esparta in Margarita, Venezuela.
Former Major Leaguer Aaron Altherr was named the MVP of the championship series. Altherr went 3-for-16 in the series, but made his hits count, clubbing two homers – a three-run shot in game one and a solo homer in game three.
The Naranjeros will represent Mexico at the 2024 Caribbean Series at loanDepot Park in Miami starting next Thursday. They will open the series against Curacao at 3:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 1. The 2024 Caribbean Series will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes in the United States.
Tiburones Win Game One Slugfest In Venezuela – Luis Torrens went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers for the Tiburones de La Guaira, who won a back-and-forth game two in the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional championship series on Wednesday night.
La Guaira leads the series two games to none.
Torrens launched a solo homer to left in the bottom of the second to get La Guaira on the board, and tied the game at 8-8 in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run homer to left.
Mikael Garcia and Wilson Garcia each smacked two-run homers in the bottom of the eighth to give La Guaira at 12-8 lead which held up, though the Cardenales got a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on a homer by Carlos Narvaez and an RBI ground out by Rangel Ravelo.
Game three of the LVBP championship series is Thursday night at 6 p.m. EST. The game can be streamed via Beisbolplay.com with a paid subscription.