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Dominican Republic goes undefeated in WBC, captures title

Mar 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

Dominican Republic's Cano celebrates with teammate Ramirez after scoring against Puerto Rico during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic final in San Francisco Reuters

The 2013 World Baseball Classic is a wrap, and we have a new champion in Team Dominican Republic.

The Dominicans rolled through the event undefeated, notching wins against Venezuela, Spain, Italy, the United States and Team Netherlands on the way to snagging the WBC crown. They topped Team Puerto Rico a total of three times — once in pool play, once in the second round and again on Tuesday night in their first-ever World Baseball Classic championship game at a rain-soaked AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Dominican starter Samuel Deduno delivered five scoreless innings in the 3-0 win, allowing only two Puerto Rican hits while fanning five. Deduno yielded one earned run in 13 World Baseball Classic innings. He was followed Tuesday by Dominican relievers Octavio Dotel, Pedro Strop, Santiago Casilla and Fernando Rodney, who all contributed scoreless frames.

Edwin Encarnacion played the biggest role on offense in the championship game, smacking a tone-setting two-run double in the bottom of the first inning after Team Puerto Rico decided to intentionally walk the batter in front of him, Robinson Cano. Cano was 0-for-3 on the night but had a massively productive tournament.

Team Japan was crowned WBC champion in 2006 and 2009. They lost in the semifinals this year.

  1. foolmaker - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    It was great to see Puerto Rico go out and embrace Dominican Republic after the game. Awesome moment for Latin American Baseball.

    • indaburg - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      I was touched by that move. Yadi started it, and his teammates followed. Very classy, PR.

  2. mckcal - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    I know this isn’t my father’s sports reporting but maybe this post should include a final score?

  3. thebadguyswon - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Good. Now we have 4 years of no WBC bullshit.

    • louhudson23 - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:37 AM

      No,we have none of your clearly off the mark ,dumbass remarks to read…WBC is here to stay,and will only grow and get better and better….

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        No it won’t. WBC sucks.

    • elbravo31 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      93% dislike rate… Take the clue

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Entitled to my opinion. Just like you.

  4. bjbeliever - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Great WBC! competition gets better every year – cant wait for the next one

  5. wlouden77 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    the article did mention that the final score was 3-0

  6. mungman69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Que pasa.

  7. mungman69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    I come to America to play bisbol.

  8. dafern0560 - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    The best team in the tournament won !. Let’s accept that fact. And no, even if team USA would have gather the cream of the crop Americans MLB players, they would have still lost to the Dominicans.

  9. proudlycanadian - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    A great series by Encarnacion and the other Jays on the winning team.

    • cur68 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Yeah, pretty much this. No Beaver Pitching but plenty of Beaver Offence for the DR. Without Our Boys do the Dominicans have a chance? Well, so long as they have access to plantains, perhaps.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        The Dominicans from the Jays talked softly and carried a big stick. Plantains were preferred by the Dominican pitchers.

  10. sabatimus - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    When the game ended, Costas delivered what was perhaps the most limp and whatever “let the celebration begin” kinda thing I’ve ever heard. Not what I expected at all. He’s better than that.

  11. mungman69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    What happened to the Japs?

  12. eagles512 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    No, if the US has their top guys, they beat the DR. And if it was held even a few weeks later, they dominate.

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      If the US used their best possible team, they would win it all easily. They won’t. That’s why I cant stand the tournament.

    • emmanuelh2013 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      I understand your concern that the USA didn’t have their top guys, but that is how this competition is! Sadly, the top dogs are not all able or willing to play. But, mind you, that this was not only the case for the USA. The Dominican team was missing TONS of the heaviest Dominican talent this WBC. If USA brings out their top guns, and DR brings out their top guns (Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, David Ortiz, A-Rod, etc.etc) it will be an interesting matchup. But I wouldn’t guarantee that any one team will win. That would be a hell of a match-up. But the fact is, that both teams had a limited team, and could have made their squad better with better talent from their countries..

  13. Old Gator - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I promised a recipe for mofongo the other day. Here, to celebrate Puerto Rico’s defeat by the Dominican, is one such recipe:

    Mofongo

    3 large green plantains
    3 cups salted water
    1/2 lb diced bacon
    3 garlic cloves, chopped
    3 sweet chillis, diced
    1/4 cup EVOO
    1/4 cup canola oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    Cut plantains into 1/2″ slices and soak in salted water.
    Saute bacon and chop coarsely.
    Combine chilli, olive oil and garlic, add salt and pepper.
    Fry plantains in canola until brown. Drain. Mash together with bacon and chilli/garlic/oil mixture. Mold into patties. May be served straight or re-fried, or used as a crust in a casserole.

    • elbravo31 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Bacon? Never had mofongo with bacon. Decent replacement for the actual, somewhat hard-to-find, ingredient… pork rinds!

    • elbravo31 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Ooh, and emphasis on GREEN plantains. If you use ripe ones it would be a totally different dish in my opinion!

  14. hcolon555 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Some of you diehard baseball fans aren’t seeing the forest for the trees. The purpose of the WBC is to not only crown a World Champion (congrats DR) but to grow the game around the world. Yet I hear people on this blog who profess to be big baseball fans disparaging the WBC, the very fans who are needed to see this tournament and the game of baseball grow.

    I grew up a baseball fan and in time became a huge soccer fan. What got me in to soccer? Watching the World Cup, especially the USA 94 one. It wet my appetite for European club soccer (Go Real Madrid) but I always root for team USA. If the WBC can inspire kids to pick up baseball and not soccer and basketball, why wouldn’t you support it?

    And if you are indeed a big baseball fan you should be very worried that kids around the world (not to mention here at home in the USA) might be choosing other sports like soccer over baseball. Venezuela and Japan were once almost exclusively baseball countries, but their soccer teams are now very completive; watch out because Cuba might be next.

    So if all you diehard MLB fans were smart, you would encourage, not discourage, interest in the WBC.

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