The 2014 Caribbean Series opened play on Saturday in Margarita Island, Venezuela, and the Puerto Rican team opened up a lead on the field by beating Licey, the Dominican Republic's representative, 7-6 in ten innings.
Infielder Irving Falu, who will be a non-roster invitee to Brewers camp in a couple of weeks, started at third base and got Mayaguez on the board in the first inning, hitting a solo home run off former Nationals pitcher Yunesky Maya. Falu went 2-for-4 in the contest and was also credited with a sac bunt.
Martin Maldonado caught the full game for Mayaguez but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He did make a notable contribution defensively, throwing out both runners who attempted to steal a base off of him.
One of those would-be base stealers was 2013 Nashville Sound Eugenio Velez, who went 0-for-3 with a walk in the game for Licey. Brewers minor leaguer Hector Gomez had a much better day for the losing side, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk and driving in three runs.
The go-ahead run scored in the top of the tenth inning when former Brewers reliever Guillermo Mota allowed a run on a double, Falu's sac bunt and a fielder's choice.
Play continues in Venezuela tomorrow when Mayaguez takes on the Mexican team at 1:30. Each team plays four games in the round-robin phase before Saturday's championship game.