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Dominican Republic defeats the Netherlands, will face Puerto Rico in WBC final

Mar 19, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

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The championship game for the 2013 World Baseball Classic is set.

The Dominican Republic defeated the Netherlands by the score of 4-1 this evening at AT&T Park in San Francisco and will advance to face Puerto Rico in the WBC finals tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET. Samuel Deduno is slated to start for the Dominicans while Giancarlo Alvarado will pitch for Puerto Rico.

The Netherlands grabbed the early lead in this one without the benefit of a hit. Edinson Volquez struggled with his control in the first inning by walking Andrelton Simmons and Jurickson Profar to begin the ballgame. Simmons eventually came around to score on a ground out by Wladimir Balentien. However, they couldn’t get anything else going for the rest of the night, collecting just four hits.

Dutch starter Diegomar Markwell offered very little in the way of velocity, but he actually held the Dominicans off the board until the bottom of the fifth inning when Moises Sierra doubled home Carlos Santana to tie things up. After Alejandro De Aza was retired on a ground out, Jose Reyes delivered a go-ahead RBI single. He later scored the third run of the inning when Tom Stuifbergen replaced Markwell and immediately uncorked a wild pitch. Edwin Encarnacion then capped the rally with an RBI single, driving home Miguel Tejada.

And that was all the offense the Dominican Republic would need. Their dominant bullpen took over from there, as Kelvin Herrera, Pedro Strop and Fernando “Rally Plantain” Rodney combined for four innings of scoreless relief to finish off the victory.

The Dominican Republic squad is now a perfect 7-0 in in the 2013 World Baseball Classic and can run the table with a win tomorrow night. They have already defeated Puerto Rico twice in this year’s tournament.

  1. cktai - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM


    Impressive run by the Dutch, especially considering that they only have one starter who is in the minor leagues, and he struggled in A+ last season. Take a bow guys, you made a nation proud.

    • cktai - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      And congratulations to D.R. of course. 7-0 so far, they have been truly impressive this tournament.

  2. aklolzer - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Who cares

    • cktai - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      I, for one, woke up at 2 in the night to watch the game.

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Meaningful baseball in 13 days.

    • mrfloydpink - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      Apparently, you do, enough to comment.

  3. ranoversquarells - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    So naturally DR will lose tomorrow …

  4. kiwicricket - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    5 comments and nobody even mentions ‘rally plantain’ yet???
    Or the 7ft monster?!

    Great tournament by the Netherlands.

    • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      The rally Plantain stole the show. That and the Fruit Bats.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      5 comments and nobody even mentions ‘rally plantain’ yet???
      Or the 7ft monster?!

      Isn’t that a bit redundant? And come on, this is a family friendly site!

  5. proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Three Blue Jays (including Sierra who will start the season in Triple A) on the Dominican Republic team are mentioned in the write up. Guess who I will be cheering for?

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    The Second Round, Pool 2 shows why the WBC is a joke.

    USA crushes Puerto Rico. USA loses to the best team in the tournament, DR. So the USA then has to beat PR AGAIN to make it to the finals. Why?

    Had the USA been crushed by PR, then beat Italy, then beat PR, THEY would have gone to the finals.

    Seems to me, this is College Football all over again. It doesn’t depend on IF you lose, but WHEN you lose. It’s a complete joke. It should have been a true round robin.

    • cktai - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      It’s all because of the limited number of games being played. A full double round robin and best of 3 or 5 series would be awesome.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Yeah, it seems to me they were worried about the three 2-1, one 0-3 scenario where a team misses the final round on tiebreakers, but that strikes me as fairer than splitting against a team and losing out because you had to face the best team in the round and they got to face the worst.

    • cktai - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      In 2006 Korea were 6-0 in the tournament including two wins aginst Japan. Then they lost to Japan in the semi-finals. Something similar can happen to Dominican Republic who are 7-0 including two wins against Puerto Rico.

      On the other hand, the same can happen in the MLB. The Tigers lost 2 series and tied 1 against the Yankees in the regular season, yet they won the ALCS. In 2011, the Rangers lost their 3 series against the Tigers during the regular season, but they beat them for the AL title. In those cases, the most important factor was when they won as well.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        I think a better comparison is to compare the WBC to the MLB post-season. The way the US got screwed is like a team losing game 1, winning game 2 and getting to advance to the next round. It’s ludicrous. Regular Season is apples to oranges comparison to me.

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      My preferred format would be a month long tournament in a single country. 4 weeks. Start on a Tuesday.

      Week 1, pool letters: Double Round Robin, all teams playing each other twice home and away. That’s 6 games. day 7 is travel and rest day.

      Week 2, pool numbers: Double Round Robin, all teams playing each other twice home and away. That’s 6 games. day 7 is travel and rest day.

      Week 3, semi-finals: best 3 out of 5, since it’s the same location, alternate home and away, with 1 rest day after game 2.

      Week 4, finals: best 3 out of 5, since it’s the same location, alternate home and away, with 1 rest day after game 2.

      If the tournament started on March 5th it would end March 31st.

  7. dluxxx - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I think the craziest part of the whole thing is that Samuel Deduno is going to be starting the marquee game for the DR. He also started against the US and was brilliant… Yet, he probably won’t make the Twins starting rotation out of ST. That’s saying a lot considering how bad the Twins rotation is going to be this year…

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      I suspect that his performance has changed the plans of the Twins. They can’t be so stupid that they do not add him to their rotation or could they?

      • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        The Twins? Stupid? Hell yes.

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