Dominican Republic Proves that Extra Inning Games can be Blowouts

In the World Baseball Classic, Colombia was inches away from defeated the defending champion Dominican Republic. Then they weren’t. Colombia had matched every punch the DR had thrown, heading into the 9th in a 3-3 tie. In the bottom of the 9th, Oscar Mercado advanced to 3rd on a fielder’s choice with 1 out. Reynaldo Rodriguez then lined out to left, prompting Mercado to try to walk off on a sacrifice fly. Jose Bautista made a perfect throw and Wellington Castillo made a perfect catch and tag, sending the game to extra innings. In the 11th inning, WBC’s experimental rule came into effect. Each team would start their turn at bat with runners on 1st and 2nd base until the game was over. Wellington Castillo provided the winning RBI, scoring both of the awarded runners. The rest of the inning was a masterpiece of offense by the Dominican Republic. They chewed through 3 pitchers, all of whom were scored on. When the dust settled, the Dominican Republic walked away with a 10-3 lead. Colombia was scoreless, giving the DR a spot in the 2nd round. Colombia needs Canada to defeat the USA tonight in order to stay alive.

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