World Baseball Classic 2013: How Dominican Republic Crushed the Competition
The Dominican Republic made history on Tuesday night, completing a perfect 8-0 run through the competition in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Loaded with MLB talent, the Dominicans got it done in every aspect of the game, from the batters box to the pitching mound, as can be seen in this graphic via ESPN Stats & Info:
There's no question the Dominican Republic was the best team at the WBC:twitpic.com/ccst14— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 20, 2013
Following the D.R.'s 3-0 shutout of Puerto Rico, it's time to take a look back at how the Dominican Republic ran through the competition at the WBC.
Led by Samuel Deduno, the D.R. starters were superb in the WBC.
Deduno went 2-0 and surrendered just one earned run and fanned 17 hitters in 13 innings pitched in the tournament.
Wandy Rodriguez was also a big part of the starting staff for the Dominican Republic, as he pitched 9.1 innings and allowed just one earned run on five hits to go with six strikeouts and a minuscule 0.86 WHIP.
Also earning wins were Lorenzo Barcelo, Pedro Strop and Edinson Volquez, but Deduno and Rodriguez were the leaders of the staff.
Not surprisingly, the Dominican Republic led the entire WBC in ERA.
Robinson Cano and the Offense
There wasn't a better all around player in the WBC than Robinson Cano.
Cano completed the tournament 15-for-32 (.469) with two homers, six RBI and four doubles.
The New York Yankees' second baseman received help from teammates like Nelson Cruz, Carlos Santana, Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion.
Puerto Rican pitchers finally decided to pitch around Cano in the championship game (somewhat), but his teammates picked him up, as Reyes and Erick Aybar collected two hits while Encarnacion drove home two runs.
Cano was obviously the best offensive player in the WBC—he won the MVP—but his teammates deserve a ton of credit as well.
Fernando Rodney Shutting the Door
Once Fernando Rodney entered the game during the WBC, the opposition knew it was over.
Rodney was absolutely dominant throughout the Classic, as was the entire D.R. bullpen, as ESPN Stats & Info tells us:
The Dominican Republic bullpen did not allow a run over 20 2/3 innings in its last five WBC games.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 20, 2013
Rodney was completely unhittable, tossing 7.1 innings, earning seven saves and surrendering a mere one hit and zero runs throughout the WBC.
Though the WBC is still young in terms of its history, Rodney's performance throughout the 2013 tournament will likely go down as one of the best by a closer in the history of the Classic.
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