Venezuelan Professional Baseball League will define 2 playoff spots on the final day

The Anzoátegui Caribs only needed to win on Tuesday to secure their place in the final Round Robin of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

Instead, their 5-4 loss to the Navegantes del Magallanes was combined with triumphs by the Bravos de Margarita and the Tigres de Aragua. And that guaranteed a dramatic close on Wednesday, with three teams seeking the final two spots in the postseason.

The Caribs held a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning, securing their place in the postseason. However, Jackson Valera hit a two-run homer and the Navigators rallied.

Valera was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, in addition to his home run. Leonardo Reginatto hit a two-run home run and Rayder Ascanio had a one-run RBI single.

Enderson Franco (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings as a reliever and scored the win. The defeat went to José Domínguez (2-3), after allowing two touchdowns in his one-episode relief.

In Porlamar, the Braves thrashed the La Guaira Sharks 11-4 and remained with a chance to qualify.

Omar Carrizales hit a two-run homer, Diego Rincones went 3-1 with a double and three RBIs, Adonis Garcia was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Luis Castro went 3-2 with a double and two RBIs.

Yander Cáramo (2-1) retired 2 2/3 innings without conceding with three strikeouts and scored the victory. The setback went to the record of David Davadillo (0-1), after allowing five touchdowns in just one and a third inning.

In Caracas, César Jiménez delivered a good opening and received the support of his offense, and the Tigres de Aragua avoided elimination with a vital 6-5 victory over the Leones del Caracas.

Jiménez (2-6) responded at a crucial moment in a season of ups and downs, and the victory was credited with a work of five innings, in which he allowed only one run and five hits with four strikeouts. The loss went to Yoimer Camacho’s record (6-1), after conceding four runs and six hits in six innings.

Wilfredo Giménez was 3-2 with a double and two RBIs, and Deiner López was 4-2 with an RBI.

In La Guaira, the Águilas del Zulia ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Cardenales de Lara.

Héctor Sánchez rocked a two-run RBI single to break at the top of the eighth inning, supporting a solid start by Giussepe Velázquez (1-1), who allowed only one touchdown and a pair of hits in five innings to win the meeting.

Luis Lugo (0-3) fell, after admitting a touchdown and three hits in two chapters.

With only one match left in the regular season, the Navigators lead the circuit with a 31-17 record, followed by the Cardinals (28-20) and the Leones (26-22) already classified. The Caribs (25-23), Braves (24-24) and Tigers (24-24) are fighting to advance. Eagles (19-29) and Sharks (15-33) have already been eliminated.

The best five qualify for the final Round Robin of the contest.