Puerto Rico will have a rematch with the United States in the World Baseball Classic, after Uncle Sam’s baseball representativess lost to the power of the Dominican Republic, 3-1, in the main match of the night on Thursday
It was a battle to the finish that was tied at 1 run apiece until the ninth inning when Erick Aybar hit the go ahead RBI hit.
Following that hit, Aybar scored on a single by José Reyes. Then in the bottom of the ninth, top Quisqueya closer, Fernando Rodney was responsible for disarming the U.S. artillery.
The USA had scored first in the first inning, when Samuel Deduno allowed the bases to be filled then, hit a batter to allow the United States only run.
However, in the second inning the Dominicans tied the score thanks to a solo homer by Hanley Ramirez.
With the win, Quisqueya secures its pass to the semifinals, while the United States will face off with Puerto Rico tonight (Friday) in the game that will decide the fourth ticket to the semifinals, to be played this Sunday in San Francisco, California.
It will be the latest episode in the battle between these two countries in the WBC. In 2009 the United States eliminated Puerto Rico, in the second game although in the first round Puerto Rico had beaten the USA.
If Puerto Rico wins tonight this will be the first time in these WBC games that the two sister Caribbean nations, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will plav side by side in the semi finals.
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