San Juan, PR (Sports Network) - Jonathan Sanchez allowed just two hits and a walk while fanning four in four scoreless innings, and seven relievers for Puerto Rico maintained the shutout in a 5-0 victory over the Netherlands in the Pool D title game of the World Baseball Classic at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
Both teams had already advanced to the second round, which will be played in Miami, Florida from March 14-18. Puerto Rico will serve as the No. 1 seed in Pool 2 with a perfect 3-0 record and will match up against the United States in the first game.
The Netherlands, which will play Pool C winner Venezuela, advanced in dramatic fashion on Tuesday behind an 11th-inning rally to upset the heavily-favored Dominican Republic for the second time in less than a week.
Alex Rios tripled, walked twice, scored and drove in a run for Puerto Rico, which previously upended the Netherlands 3-1 in pool play. Carlos Delgado was walked three times, while recording a hit and a run scored for the victors.
Sanchez's counterpart, Pim Walsma, struggled through two innings but allowed just a run on one hit and five walks for the Netherlands, which mustered a mere six hits in the loss.
Puerto Rico got on the board in the first, as Carlos Beltran's fielder's choice scored Jesus Feliciano, who walked and advanced to third on Walsma's wild pitch.
The hosts tacked on two more in the fifth when Rios tripled in Delgado and scored on an Ivan Rodriguez single.
Geovany Soto's two-out, bases-loaded single to center scored another run for Puerto Rico in the sixth, and the bullpen managed to keep the Dutch off the scoreboard, while Alex Cora's RBI single added an insurance run in the eighth.
03/11 21:55:29 ET