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Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico, wins Pool C

Mar 10, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

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The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 4-2, earning first place in Pool C and the right to play Pool D winner Italy in the second round. They staked starter Wandy Rodriguez to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after stringing together three consecutive one-out singles, the RBI provided by Edwin Encarnacion.

Puerto Rico took the lead in the fourth. Alex Rios singled to lead off the inning, but Rodriguez retired Carlos Beltran to get the first out. At that point, though, Rodriguez had thrown 61 pitches, reaching the pitch count limit and had to be taken out. Lorenzo Barcelo entered in relief and immediately surrendered a two-run home run to Mike Aviles. Barcelo escaped the frame without any further damage.

Robinson Cano immediately tied the game in the top of the fifth, leading off with a solo home run. The D.R. would tack on two more runs, one in the sixth on an Alejandro De Aza double and one in the seventh on a Nelson Cruz ground out.

The Dominican Republic bullpen was lights out, holding Puerto Rico to three hits — all singles — in the final four frames. Fernando Rodney breezed through the ninth inning, retiring Aviles, Eddie Rosario, and Pedro Valdes for the save.

Puerto Rico will play Pool D runner-up United States.

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Same old story: US v. Puerto Rico.

  2. bancacentral - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Bill, you got the match-ups for the 2nd round right, but the standings wrong.

    Pool C winner (DR) plays Pool D runner up (Italy, which finished 2nd because they lose to the US in their first round game)

    Pool D winner (USA) plays Pool C runner up (Puerto Rico)

  3. mungman69 - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    Japan goes for their 3rd WBC title.

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Encarnacion and Reyes are having a very good series for the Dominican Republic.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Apparently, the Dominicans poisoned Jhonny Peralta. Cheaters!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Poisoned? The guy needs to go on a diet anyways.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Peralta? He’s not that big.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        If you say so!

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        He doesn’t weigh anything more than Dickey.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Is that why he has terrific speed and has tremendous range?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        No, that’s about skill level, not weight.

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