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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WINS 3-0 OVER TEAM PUERTO RICO & GOES UNDEFEATED IN WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC
- Updated: March 23, 2013
By ISMAEL NUNEZ
The number Three was most likely the lucky number for team Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic. 1-This was their third meeting against team Puerto Rico as in their previous two meetings team DR was victorious. 2-Winning the champion game shutting out Puerto Rico 3-0, and then they became the first Latin American Country to win the WBC and remained unbeaten!
Edwin Encarnacion got the party started hitting a two-run double in the first inning. They then added one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Alejandro De Aza scorned in an infield out. The pitching led by starter Samuel Deduno who achieved win hurling five shutout innings, relief pitchers finished the job Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless eighth and Fernando Rodney finished the job recording his record seventh save.
New York Yankee Second Baseman Robinson Cano received the Most Valuable Player Award for the classic. Hitting New York .469 (15 for 32) with two home runs, six RBIs, six runs scored and two doubles. Manager Tony Pena stated, “It’s an honor to represent our country and we needed to bring this thing back home. And we did it.”
Fernando Rodney added “We had a good team this year, we don’t have too many All-Star players, yet once they were on the field every day we represented our country, where we come from and played hard!
With this victory are the doors open for a managerial opportunity for Tony Pena? Either way: History was made, never be forgotten by Dominicans everywhere!
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