Monday, May 22, 2023

Dominican Republic Rallies Past Venezuela Twice

The Dominican Republic rallied twice past Venezuela. They trailed 3-0 in Game 1, but rallied to force extra innings and then David Ortiz delivered a clutch 2-run single in the 10th inning for a 6-4 win. In the game in the Dominican Republic tey trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Filipe Alou's pinch hit double made it 3-2, and then Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a 3-run homer to acocunt for the 5-3 win.

Here are the line scores, and the box scores are at the bottom of this blog. You can click here for all 12 great all-time World Baseball Classic Teams.

Game 1                            1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 R   H   E
Dominican Republic0004000002 6100
Venezuela0210100000 470
Game 2123456789  RHE
Venezuela010000210  381
Dominican Republic100400400  580

The win moves the Dominican Republican and cliches at least second place and the playoffs. However, if Cuba upsets Florida in both of the last two games, then the Dominican Republic would join Puerto Rico and Texas in getting a bye to the championship pool. If Florida wins at least one game against Cuba then they win the South because of the head-to-head tie breaker for sweeping the Dominican Republic back in December after Chipper Jones homer.
StandSouth (top 3 advance)WLRSRARemaining
1Florida 3195Cuba
2Dominican Republic 421915done
3Venezuela 332221done

The only way Florida could drop to third place and need to go through the playoff game is if Cuba not only swept Florida, but scored at least 16 runs in the sweep to give Venezuela the tie-breaker on runs allowed.

Here are the two box scores.

Dominican Rep. Line-up        Pos     AB  R  H  RBI Note     AB   R   H   RBI  Note
Fernando Tatis Jr.6-SS5100  41133-r HR
Jose Ramirez5-3B5110  41102b
Vladimir Guerrero HOF7-OF5120  4021 
Manny Ramirez7-OF4110  3000 
Sammy Sosa7-OF4000  4010 
David Ortiz HOF3-1B4012gw-rbi 4000 
Robinson Canó4-2B5121  3110 
Tony Pena2-C3010  2120 
Rafael Furcalpr0000sb      
Luis Severinoph1012  1000Sac
Felipe Alou7-OF1000  11112b
Cesar Cedenopr-cf1000sb      
Placido Polanco4-2B1010       
Johnny Cuetop-11000       
Team .250 Gm1, .300 Gm2 405105 030595 
Johnny Cueto2-8'33332/1      
Ramon Martinez2-7'21110/1      
Luis Castillo2-7'23000/3      
Armando Benitez2-9'11000/0 W      
Francisco Cordero2-8'10001/1      
Bartolo Colon2-7'10000/2 S      
Luis Severino2-7'0000  65111/9
Pascual Perez2-7'0000  13220/1 W
Mario Soto2-7'0000  10002/0 H
Octavio Dotel2-7'0000  10000/0 S
  108443/8 98333/10

Venezuela Line-up              Pos     ABRH  RBI   Note         AB  R   H   RBI   Note
Ronald Acuna Jr.7-OF4121hr,2b 5000 
Jose Altuve4-2B4000  4000 
Luis Aparicio HOF6-SS4010sb 4010 
Bobby Abreu7-OF5110  3010sb
Miguel Cabrera3-1B40103b 4111hr
Salvador Perez2-C4112hr 30102b
Magglio Ordonez7-OF4010  3110 
Edgardo Alfonzo5-3B4000  41112b
German Marquezp-11111hr      
Jhoulys Chacinp-10000  1010sac
Carlos Gonzalezph1000  10112b
Victor Martinezph10102b 1000 
Dave Concepcionpr0000       
Andres Galarragaph1010       
Cesar Tovarpr0000       
Team .270 Gm1, .242 Gm2 374104  33383 
German Marquez 56441/6      
Ranger Suarez 21000/2      
Felipe Vazquez 1.11000      
Ugueth Urbina 11211/2 L      
Eduardo Rodriguez 0.11000/1      
Jhoulys Chacin 00000 54111/5
Pablo Lopez 00000 11001/1
Henderson Alvarez III 00000 04440/0 L
Carlos Carrasco 00000 10000/0
Francisco Rodriguez 00000 10000/1
Freddy Garcia4-7'1010650 89550

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