With a berth in the World Baseball Classic semifinals on the line, the Dominican Republic went to battle with Team USA in Miami. As fate would have it, we saw a fierce battle until the bitter end.
So who emerged victorious with their dreams of a WBC championship on the line?
Team USA struck early, loading the bases in the first inning behind singles from Brandon Phillips, Joe Mauer and Giancarlo Stanton. With Samuel Deduno rattled, first baseman Eric Hosmer took a responsible at-bat and walked in the first run of the game.
Half of an inning later, Hanley Ramirez tied it all up with a blast to left field.