Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic: Score, Grades, Analysis for WBC
With a berth in the 2013 World Baseball Classic championship game on the line, the Dominican Republic used a big fifth inning to win, 4-1, over the Netherlands Monday night in San Francisco.
Edinson Volquez took the mound for the D.R., securing a win after going 5.0 innings and allowing just one run. Diegomar Markwell countered Volquez, but stumbled in the fifth and lost his grip on what was a quality performance.
With their win, the D.R. will move on to play Puerto Rico with the WBC title on the line. This will be the third game between the two sides at the World Baseball Classic.
So how did we get here?
Edinson Volquez, Dominican Republic
Overall Grade: A-
Position: Starting Pitcher
5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB
In what has become a trend for pitchers at the World Baseball Classic, Edinson Volquez started out slow and came to life as the game progressed.
During the opening inning of play, Volquez walked the first batter he faced on four pitches. After reaching a 2-2 count shortly thereafter, Volquez launched a wild pitch and allowed Andrelton Simmons to reach second.
Volquez proceeded to walk Jurickson Profar and put runners on first and second. After inducing a groundout by Roger Bernadina, Simmons and Profar advanced to second and third.
Wladimir Balentien then drove Simmons in with a groundout to shortsop.
From there on out, Volquez was marvelous. He allowed just two more hits and left those runners stranded on first both times.
A rough beginning and a phenomenal end to a quality outing.
Diegomar Markwell, Netherlands
Overall Grade: D
Position: Starting Pitcher
4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB
Early on, Diegomar Markwell was brilliant. He held the Dominican Republic through four innings, allowing just two baserunners in that time. Upon walking Hanley Ramirez, Markwell picked him off at first.
Come the fifth inning, however, Markwell fell apart. After forcing Nelson Cruz to line out, Markwell allowed Carlos Santana to blast a double to left field.
One batter later, Markwell lost it and allowed Moises Sierra to blast it to left, again, and score Santana to knot it at 1-1.
Markwell retired the next batter but allowed Jose Reyes to drive in Sierra. After Miguel Tejada picked up a single, Markwell came out with a 2-1 deficit.
The D.R. would score two more runs charged to Markwell's struggles.
Moises Sierra, Dominican Republic
Overall Grade: A+
Position: Left Field
1/3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Moises Sierra was the victory.
With the Dominican Republic trailing 1-0, it appeared as if Diegomar Markwell was on en route to yet another dominant performance at the WBC. After Carlos Santana reached on a double to left, however, Sierra stepped up to the plate.
After taking a cut and missing on the first pitch, Sierra proceeded to lift the next one to deep left field and score Santana to get the Dominicans' first run on the board.
Two batters later, Sierra crossed home plate on a Jose Reyes single to make it 2-1. As I said, Sierra was the victory. The run support that won the game.
Wladimir Balentien, Netherlands
Overall Grade: B+
Position: Right Field
Wladimir Balentien only went 1-for-4 at the plate, but his lone hit produced the Kingdom of the Netherlands' only run.
That's a quality outing in my book.
Balentien stepped up to the plate in the first inning with Andrelton Simmons on third base. After getting ahead in the count at 2-1, Balentien turned on a pitch and sent it to the shortstop.
Although Balentien would be thrown out, the run would score.
Balentien would also hit a double in the top of the sixth, but his teammates failed to bring him in.
Jose Reyes, Dominican Republic
Overall Grade: A+
2/4, 1 R, 1 RBI
With the Dominican Republic in need of run support, Jose Reyes provided the two scores that ended up deciding this game. One came with his bat and the other with his legs and instincts.
When it was all said and done, Reyes' contributions catapulted the Dominican Republic to the championship game.
With the game tied at 1-1, Reyes stepped up to the plate. There were two outs and a runner on second, with Diegomar Markwell seemingly recovered from early woes.
Reyes, however, took a pitch into center and scored Moises Sierra.
Two batters later, Reyes capitalized on a wild pitch and crossed home plate to make it a 3-1 game. This proved to be all the D.R. needed.
A wonderful performance by Reyes.