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?