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Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes power Dominican Republic past Italy

Mar 12, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

Dominican Republic's Cano greets teammates after defeating Italy in their World Baseball Classic game in Miami Reuters

Trying to pull off another stunner, Italy jumped out early against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, only to see its 4-0 lead whittled away in a 5-4 loss.

After Dominican starter Edinson Volquez at one point threw 11 straight balls in the first, Alex Liddi hit a sac fly and Chris Colabello followed with a three-run homer. Volquez, though, rebounded from there, pitching into the fifth and keeping the game within reach for the powerful Dominican offense.

Jose Reyes got the Dominicans on the board with a solo shot in the third, and Robinson Cano, who finished 3-for-4, delivered another in the sixth.

The key play in the game came with two on and one out in the seventh. With Reyes and Erick Aybar about and one out, Cano lofted a fly to shallow left. Left fielder Mike Costanzo froze initially and couldn’t get to it. Shortstop Anthony Granato almost grabbed it on the run, only to have it go off his glove for what was originally ruled a very tough error. It was later changed to hit.

That loaded the bases for Edwin Encarnacion, who walked. Hanley Ramirez followed with a game-tying sac fly, and Nelson Cruz delivered a broken-bat liner into shallow left for an RBI single, giving the Dominican Republic its first lead.

Santiago Casilla and Fernando Rodney finished the game from there. The Dominican bullpen allowed a total of one hit over 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Dominican Republic will now face the winner of the Team USA and Puerto Rico game for a spot in the WBC semifinals. Italy goes into the loser’s bracket in this modified double-elimination tourney.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    The Dominican Republic sure has a loaded infield.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      And this with Pujols, Beltre and Aramis all absent.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        yep

  2. Darkoestrada - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    U.S. vs Puerto Rico should be a good game. Hopefully the U.S. can pull out the win because I really want to see them match up with the Dominican team. Love the WBC

  3. indaburg - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Italy really hung in there, and their pitchers did what Hamels, the Yankees (except for Kuroda), Venezuela, and Puerto Rico failed to do. I’m rooting for the DR, but I wouldn’t have minded losing to such a great underdog story. I’m a sucker for an underdog. If it wasn’t for that one play when Cano blooped that error changed to hit, I think Italy would’ve won it.

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