The other opening series will be California against Venezuela, as each wild card team plays the other three in a two game series, and whoever finishes first advances to play our all-time divisional winners (Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida).
Our previous blog noted we had just updated fielding ratings for all players on our 12 all-time World Baseball Classic teams. If we were still treating all players as average fielders, Pennsylvania would have scored twice in the top of the 8th inning, rather than losing 1-0.
In the top of the 9th inning of the 2nd game trailing 1-0, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a grounder back to the mound that would have been an error for most pitchers, but Herb Pennock had been upgraded to an E2, CD4 on defense, so made the play. With two outs Vladimir Guerrero singled, and Rafael Furcal came in as a pinch runner. A z-play then came up and Manny Ramirez hit a deep drive that would have been a base clearing double to tie the game if Griffey were still an average E3, but due to upgrading him as a gold glover it turned into a series ending hit.In the first game, Pennsylvania won 2-1 after the Dominicans failed to cash in early. In the second inning they loaded the bases with no outs but failed to score. In the 4th inning David Ortiz singled with one out. Cesar Cedeno pinch ran and stole second and third base, but they could not get him home.
|Dominican Rep. Line-up||Pos||Defense||AB||r||h||rbi|
|Fernando Tatis Jr.||ss||CD-1||8||0||0||0|
|Manny Ramirez||rf||CD-1||7||1||1||0||2b, robbed of GW 2b|
|Cesar Cedeno||pr1||CD-5 Gold||0||0||0||0||2 steals|
|Albert Pujols||1b1||CD-5 Gold||2||0||0||0|
|Robinson Canó||2b||CD-5 Gold||5||0||1||0|
|Cesar Cedeno||pr2||CD-5 Gold||0||0||0||0|
|Placido Polanco||2b2||CD-5 Gold||1||0||0||0||Glove saved hit|
|Tony Pena||2-C||CD-5 Gold||6||0||0||0|
|Albert Pujols||1b2||CD-5 Gold||1||0||0||0|
|DR bats .117||60||1||7||1|
|Dominican Republic Pitching||IP||H||R||ER||W||K||Notes|
|Ken Griffey Jr.||cf||CD-5 Gold||8||0||2||2||2b, Game saving catch|
|Buddy Bell||3b||CD-5 Gold||8||1||1||1||HR|
|Nellie Fox||2b||CD-5 Gold||4||0||0||0|
|Christy Mathewson||p2||CD-3||1||0||0||1||RBI Sac Fly|
|PA Batted .197||61||4||12||4|
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