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.
Now, it’s Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico, Take Two, for the title. The teams will play today at AT&T Park just three days after the Dominicans (7-0) won Saturday in Miami before each club flew West.
One of these proud island nations will get to throw quite a party.
Both teams are trying to win for the first time in the 3-year history of the event.