By: Alfonso Diccion
The Puerto Rican team came out of Pool C as the runner-up and survived two elimination games in round 2, winning each game by one point. Puerto Rico faced Japan in the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday, February 17 at AT&T Park.
Puerto Rico’s starting pitcher, Mario Santiago, pitched a magnificent game, retiring the first ten batters he faced and throwing 4.1 innings of shutout balls. However, he was removed in the fourth inning because of a right forearm tightness. This happened because he hurried to take out Japanese slugger, Shinnosuke Abe, to finish the third inning.
Despite him getting out of the game, the Puerto Rican Bullpen saved Puerto Rico from losing by holding Japan to a one-run game. The final score was 3-1, with Puerto Rico taking the win.
They will face whoever wins the Netherlands-Dominican Republic game in the WBC finals, which will start on Tuesday from AT&T Park.
It was a cold, rainy Wednesday night at AT&T Park when Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic met in the World Baseball Classic Finals.
Puerto Rico made a surprising run to the finish but couldn’t win the game. Puerto Rico couldn’t defeat the Dominicans, losing in each of the three rounds in San Juan, Miami, and San Francisco.
Puerto Rico failed to score in the last 23 innings of all the games in which they faced the Dominican Republic. Dominican coach, Pena, called Bullpen to close out the game after Kansas City Royal infielder, Miguel Tejada, made an error.
It started off with Tampa Bay Rays’ Fernando Rodney, and then Detroit Tigers’ Octavio Dotel, Texas Rangers’ Pedro Strop, and lastly our own San Francisco Giants’ Santiago Casilla to close out the Dominican win.
Dominican Republic beats Puerto Rico 5-4, remaining undefeated throughout the entire World Baseball Classic.