The Dominican Republic gained revenge on Monday night, as the team defeated the Netherlands in the second semi-final matchup of the 2013 World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The Dominicans hadn’t forgotten the two losses to the Netherlands during the 2009 WBC, which eliminated them in the first round after coming in as one of the favorites to reach the final.
On Monday night however, things were a little bit different, and the Dominican Republic will now face Puerto Rico on Tuesday night for the championship.
The Dominican team got off to a rough start as right-handed starting pitcher Edinson Voloquez had some control issues in the first inning, as he walked the first tow batters he faced. After a groundout that put runners on second and third, Wladimir Balentien hit a slow gorunder that allowed Andrelton Simmons to score and get the 1-0 lead.
Dutch starting pitcher Diegomar Markwell had been rolling, before giving up two back to back doubles in the fifth inning, including one from late lineup addition Moises Sierra, while Jose Reyes hit a go-ahead single two batters later.
Edwin Encarnacion added an RBI single as the Domincan Republic held on for the 4-1 win.
The team will now face Puerto Rico after the two met last on March 16, with the Dominicans winning 2-0.