Very unfortunate, we did not cross

In another chapter in the book of the great sports rivalry between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, the Puerto Ricans came out with the best part by beating the Dominican team 5-2 to qualify for the quarterfinals of the fifth edition of the World Baseball Classic.

The Dominicans finished with a 2-2 mark and placed their record in elimination games at 3-4 in their five appearances in the World Cup.

It was the second time that the Dominican Republic was eliminated in the first round of the tournament. In 2009, the Dominican team finished with a 1-2 record.

The ninth Puerto Rican managed to tie (3-3) their particular series against the Dominican team in the history of the World Classics.

Jovani Morán (1-0) claimed the victory after pitching two-thirds of an inning of one run, one hit and striking out two. The losing pitcher was Johnny Cueto (0-1), who pitched two three-run innings, allowed four hits and struck out two. Edwin Diaz (1-0) earned the save.

For Puerto Rico’s ninth, Francisco Lindor 4-2, two runs scored and one towed; Keith Hernández went 2 for 4 and one RBI; Christian Vásquez went 1-for-4, scored one and drove in a lap and MJ Meléndez drove in a run.

For the quisqueyanos, Juan Soto batted 2-1, a home run, a run scored, an RBI and received two transfers.

Tonight the attendance at Loan Depot Park was 36,025 fans.

The races

Puerto Rico opened the board with four runs in the third inning against the Dominican pitching.

With no outs, Christian Vásquez hit a solo shot to left field off pitches from starter Johnny Cueto. Then, Vimael Machín reached first due to an unstoppable hit and later advanced to second due to a touch from Martín Maldonado. Bryan Abreu, who replaced Cueto, allowed an indisputable hit from Francisco Lindor that brought Machín to the plate. With a single by Enrique Hernández, Maldonado landed at the plate and the fourth round came in Lindor’s legs thanks to a groundout by MJ Meléndez to second base.

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At the bottom of that inning, the ninth tricolor responded with a solo home run by Juan Soto through center field to the first pitch from left-handed Morán, which reached 448 feet.

Francisco Lindor hit center field indisputably in the fifth inning and by Julio Rodríguez’s fielding error, he scored on the plate with the fifth round for the Puerto Rican team.

In that same episode and with the bases congested, Manny Machado hit a ground ball to second base for a double play, but managed to send Juan Soto, who had negotiated a walk, to the register.

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