Impressions of the WBC: Game D3—Team Dominicana Staying Alive

Warren TurnerContributor IMarch 8, 2009

The team from the Dominican Republic, upset yesterday by the Netherlands, easily defeated Team Panama 9-0, thus ensuring at least one more day of WBC play.

Panama could not mount any kind of an attack, managing only six hits off five Dominican pitchers. Only leadoff hitter Luis Durango managed more than one hit. Javier Castillo, third baseman and Chicago White Sox prospect, was excellent defensively.

Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds, who started on the mound for the Dominicans, struck out five and allowed three hits in four and 2/3 innings. Four other pitchers combined for five more strikeouts while yielding just three hits.

The unlikely offensive hero for the Dominican Republic was light-hitting catcher Miguel Olivo, who stroked two home runs and had five runs batted in. Additionally, left fielder Nelson Cruz two hits, one a homer.

The Dominicans look forward to their next game Tuesday against the loser of Puerto Rico and the Netherlands.