Mets second baseman Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with three RBI Saturday and fueled a 5-3 Dominican Republic Caribbean Series win over Puerto Rico at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Cano’s Dominican league (LIDOM) championship team, Gigantes del Cibao, is representing the Dominican Republic in a round-robin format that features champions of six domestic winter baseball leagues.
The Latin American championship, which dates back to 1949, runs from Friday through Thursday with the following participants: Colombia (Caimanes de Barranquilla), the Dominican Republic (Gigantes del Cibao), Mexico (Charros de Jalisco), Panama (Astronautas de Los Santos), Puerto Rico (Criollos de Caguas) and Venezuela (Navegantes del Magallanes).
Cano put the Dominican Republic up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning after splitting the left-center gap by lining an 0-1 fastball with one out and a runner on first, wheeling his way to third.
He struck again in the bottom of the seventh with the Dominican Republic clinging to a 2-1 lead.
With the bases loaded, two outs and a 2-2 count, Cano stayed back on a hanging off-speed pitch and lofted the pitch into right field for an RBI single that scored two and built the Dominican Republic’s cushion to 4-1.
The Dominican Republic is 2-0, including a 3-2 win over Mexico this past Friday.
Cano is back in action Sunday at 7 p.m. against Panama.
This winter has been a pivotal one for Cano getting back on the field after MLB suspended him Nov. 18, 2020, all 162 games of the 2021 season after he tested positive for Stanozol, a substance that violates the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Cano, who is under contract through the 2023 season, last played for the Mets in 2020 and slashed .316/.352/.544 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI over 49 games.
Source: Yahoo Sports