Dominican Republic beats Netherlands to reach WBC final
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Jose Reyes plated the go-ahead score and was one of four batters to cross the plate in the fifth, as the Dominican Republic ousted the Netherlands, 4-1, to advance to the World Baseball Classic championship game.
Edinson Volquez was masterful in the start and paved the way to a dominant overall pitching performance by the Dominican Republic, which remains undefeated in seven WBC contests and will attempt to run the table when it takes on Puerto Rico in Tuesday's final.
Edwin Encarnacion and Moises Sierra each drove in a run in the victory.
Stifled by the pitching performance of the Dominicans, the Netherlands had just four hits and managed just four at-bats with runners in scoring position all game.
The lone run for the Dutch came on Wladimir Balentien's RBI groundout in the first inning.
The Netherlands nursed a 1-0 lead for four innings, but the Dominicans went on the attack in the fifth.
Sierra had tied the contest at 1-1 with an RBI double before Reyes gave the Dominican Republic the lead for good with a run-scoring single to center field.
The speedy shortstop then advanced to third on a base hit from Miguel Tejada before crossing the plate on a wild pitch for a two-run advantage for the Dominicans.
Encarnacion then drove a curveball into center to cap the four-run burst, which would be all the support the Dominican pitching staff would need.
The Dutch, who didn't have their first hit until the fourth inning, had just one runner in scoring position the rest of the way.
Kelvin Herrera and Pedro Strop combined for three scoreless innings before Fernando Rodney locked down the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
03/19 00:58:20 ET