Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic: World Baseball Classic Live Score, Analysis
Less than a day after beating the United States in an elimination game, Puerto Rico will be back on the diamond Saturday afternoon against the Dominican Republic at Marlins Park in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will get the ball for the Dominican Republic, and Orlando Roman is the probable starter for Puerto Rico.
The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 4-2 in pool play back on March 10.
First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
Final: Dominican Republic 2 - Puerto Rico 0
W: Wandy Rodriguez
L: Orlando Roman
S: Fernando Rodney
Semifinals (single-elimination round)
Semifinal 1: Puerto Rico vs. Japan, Sunday at 9 p.m. ET
Semifinal 2: Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic, Monday at 9 p.m. ET
Dominican Republic 2 - Puerto Rico 0
MVPs of this game:
1. Carlos Santana- He provided the game's first run with a solo shot in the fifth inning and also drew two walks. The catcher also made a nice play at the plate when Aybar threw home in the third inning.
2. Wandy Rodriguez- The southpaw was sensational for six innings. He allowed the leadoff man to reach in the first four innings, but nobody else managed to get on base. In the first two innings, he managed to get the second hitter of the inning to hit into a double play.
3. Erick Aybar- In the third inning, the shortstop kept the game scoreless by throwing Falu out at home. In the eighth inning, he threw Maldonado out at third base on a gutsy decision. If he doesn't make those plays, this game is totally different. Aybar also started the rally in the eighth inning and scored an insurance run.
Orlando Roman- Puerto Rico's starter was matching Rodriguez every inning until the fifth when he allowed a home run to Santana. Other than that, he was great. His numbers were very similar to Rodriguez's, but he made one mistake too many.
Eddie Rosario grounds out to Cano to end it!
Final score: Dominican Republic 2 - Puerto Rico 0
What it means:
Puerto Rico will play Japan on Sunday in the first semifinal. The Domican Republic will get the day off and play the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Monday. The Dominican Republic improves to 6-0 in the 2013 WBC.
After a fan runs onto the field, Aviles doubles to the wall in left. Puerto Rico is staying alive, and the run allowed in the bottom of the eighth could end up being huge.
Rodney gets the first two batters of the ninth easily. Aviles is the last hope for Puerto Rico.
To the ninth...here comes Rodney.
End of the eighth: DR 2 - PR 0
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ADDS A RUN!
Robinson Cano takes off, which takes Falu out of his position. Pena hits the ball where Falu would've been, and the Dominican Republic benefits from a hit-and-run. Cano goes to third and Pena ends up at second on the throw.
Fontanez got Tejada, who replaced Encarnacion earlier, to pop up to short. That move came back to hurt the Dominican Republic.
With two outs, Francisco Pena will now come to the plate.
Pitching change (PR): Randy Fontanez comes in with runners on the corners with one out in the eighth.
Aybar singled to left with one out in the eighth and moved over to third on a single to right by Cano. With runners on the corners and one out, the Dominican Republic has a chance to add some insurance runs.
Shadows have now crept onto the field, which will make it even tougher for the hitters. With Fernando Rodney pitching for the Dominican Republic in the ninth inning, it will be even tougher for Puerto Rico to start a rally.
Jose Molina gets pulled for Pedro Valdes, who grounds out to Cano to end the threat.
Middle of the 8th: DR 1 - PR 0
Feliciano pulls a fastball with a runner on first down the line. It ends up going foul, but it was the only time Puerto Rico has had a good rip at a ball in a long time.
Instead, Casilla walks Feliciano to put runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs in the eighth.
Another big play by Aybar!
With Maldonado at 2nd and one out, Andy Gonzalez hits a grounder to short. Instead of taking the sure out at 1st, Aybar takes a chance and throws it to third to get the out. Maldonado was easily out, but it was a risky decision by Aybar.
The shortstop has been the defensive MVP of this game.
Martin Maldonado watches four straight balls to reach on a walk. That's the first runner Puerto Rico has had since the leadoff man in the fourth.
Irving Falu sacrifices, runner moves to second with one out.
Pitching change (DR): Santiago Casilla enters the game in the 8th.
Eury Perez, who hit for De Aza in the seventh, stays in the game to play center.
One run on five hits combined through seven innings. That sums up this game.
End of the 7th: DR 1 - PR 0
Santana, whose error in the third almost cost his team a run, has had a good day at the plate. A solo blast and two walks in three trips to the plate. The switch-hitter is the only guy to be on base more than once this game.
The bats have gone cold for Puerto Rico. 12 straight batters have been retired since Luis Figueroa doubled to start the 4th.
Remember, that was a big moment in this game.Carlos Beltran struck out and couldn't move the runner over to third.
Pitching change (DR): Jose Veras replaces Wandy Rodriguez.
Francisco Pena (C) replaces Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Tejada (3B) replaces Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana moves to 1st base.
Aviles with the hops to rob Ramirez of a hit. Edwin Encarnacion is stranded at first base.
End of the 6th: DR 1 - PR 0
It will be interesting to see how Puerto Rico's bullpen does this game. Nelson Figueroa went six innings on Friday against the U.S., but the team still used five relievers. With Roman only going five innings in this game, it could be bad news for Puerto Rico.
Pitching change: Efrain Nieves (PR) comes in for Roman to start the 6th.
Jose Molina is also in the game at catcher.
Rodriguez has retired nine in a row. He is at 74 pitches through six innings. With the pitch limit at 80, the Dominican Republic could send him back out for a batter or two in the 7th.
Rodriguez gets the leadoff man out in back-to-back innings.
Orlando Roman reaches the pitch limit and is done after five innings.
Here's his line for the game: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K.
A great outing by Roman, but the home run has his team down.
Rodriguez is at 65 pitches through 5 innings and has a near-identical stat line. The only difference is he has not allowed a run.
End of the 5th: DR 1 - PR 0
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