Puerto Rico 0
Dominican Republic 3
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8:00 PM ET, March 19, 2013
Dominican Republic blanks Puerto Rico to win WBC championship
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tony Pena passed around the shiny trophy and let all of his players offer their besitos, or little kisses. Robinson Cano passed around a phone as his teammates took turns receiving congratulations from Dominican Republic president Danilo Medina."We appreciate that from the president," Jose Reyes said. "This win is all about the Dominican Republic. They were hungry waiting for this moment, and we did it."The Dominican Republic has its World Baseball Classic crown, at last.Cheers of "Dominicana! Dominicana!" rang out through the rain at AT&T Park all the way to the lively streets of Santo Domingo.
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Lowest postseason batting averages
in the divisional era (30 at-bats)
|Dan Wilson||1995||Mariners||.061 (2-33)|
|Bill North||1974||A's||.061 (2-33)|
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|Chone Figgins||2009||Angels||.086 (3-35)|
Dominican Bullpen Blanks Tourney Field
The Dominican reliever corps, which included four prominent major league relievers, finished the WBC with 25 1/3 scoreless innings. Fernando Rodney picked up seven saves and Pedro Strop earned three wins.
The Puerto Ricans were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. ... Casilla walked major league teammate Pagan on five pitches to start the eighth. ... Reyes tripled in the seventh for Team DR. ... Attendance for the three games in the Giants' ballpark was 96,913 for a tournament total of 885,212. That surpassed the previous record of 801,410 in 2009. ... ... Japan's loss to Puerto Rico on Sunday was watched by 51 percent of potential viewers in Japan, MLB said. It was the largest share for any of Japan's WBC games this year. The game also was the most-watched sporting event in the past year in Puerto Rico, with the final moments getting a 74 share. ... MLB executive Tim Brosnan called the WBC an "unqualified, over-the-top success."
|1st||E Encarnacion doubled to deep center, J Reyes and R Cano scored.||0||2|
|5th||E Aybar doubled to deep right, A De Aza scored.||0||3|
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|Weather:||59 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Paul Hyham, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Edgar Estivison|