Dominican Republic 4
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9:00 PM ET, March 18, 2013
Dominican Republic rallies past Netherlands to reach WBC final
SAN FRANCISCO -- This time, the Dominicans didn't let the Netherlands interfere with their road to the World Baseball Classic championship.Late lineup addition Moises Sierra hit a tying RBI double in the fifth, Jose Reyes added a go-ahead single two batters later and the Dominican Republic reached the WBC final with a 4-1 win against the Netherlands on Monday night.Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single as the undefeated Dominicans survived a rocky start from winner Edinson Volquez, who benefited from Sierra's catch over the left-field wall in foul territory to end a first-inning threat."We didn't try to make history," Volquez said. "We're just trying to keep winning."
Puerto Rico beat the Dominican Republic 7-1 in the second round of the `06 Classic before the Dominicans bounced back with two victories to reach the championship round. ... Former Giants manager and Dominican native Felipe Alou threw out a ceremonial first pitch along with Meulens. "I have a lot of relatives in the Dominican Republic today cheering for the Dominican Republic, but also cheering for me as a cousin, as their family member," Meulens said. ... Former Giants OF Moises Alou, the Dominican general manager, joked about making a comeback in San Francisco: "You never know, maybe," he said with a chuckle. His father, Felipe, turns 78 on May 12 and needs right knee replacement surgery later this spring. ... Rodney (36) and Leury Garcia (22) each celebrated birthdays.
|1st||W Balentien grounded out to shortstop, A Simmons scored, J Profar to third.||1||0|
|5th||M Sierra doubled to deep left, C Santana scored.||1||1|
|5th||J Reyes singled to center, M Sierra scored.||1||2|
|5th||J Reyes scored, M Tejada to second on wild pitch by T Stuifbergen.||1||3|
|5th||E Encarnacion singled to center, M Tejada scored, R Cano thrown out at third.||1||4|
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|Weather:||57 degrees, overcast|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Wally Bell, First Base - Trevor Grieve, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Paul Hyham|