Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela: DR Stays Alive at the WBC
The Dominican Republic bounced back after its first loss at a World Baseball Classic since 2009 with a 3-0 win over Venezuela. The win puts the Dominican Republic back in the hunt for a semifinal birth, but then thanks to the tiebreaker system so is Venezuela. But we will get to that later.
Venezuela 0, Dominican Republic 3
The game was a pitcher’s duel for the first 4+ innings as it remained scoreless. Both starters went 4.1 innings. Starting for Venezuela was Jhoulys Chacin, who recently signed with the Padres. So getting his first start in Petco, Chacin gave up 1 run on 3 hits. The lone run came on a Gregory Polanco solo home run in the 5th giving the Dominican a 1-0 lead.
Edinson Volquez got the start for the Dominican Republic going 4.1 shutout innings. He gave up 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. The Dominican bullpen dominated the rest of the weay. Between Fernando Abad (W, 1-0), Hansel Robles, Dellin Betances, Jesus Colome, and Jeurys Familia (S, 1) the bullpen gave up 4 hits and struck out 8 to secure the much needed victory.
Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 for Venezuela with a double from the lead off spot.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.