The Dominican Republic (4-0 in the tournament) defeated Venezuela (2-2) 8-5 at the Estadio de Béisbol Hermanos Serdan in Puebla, Mexico. The Dominican Republic took the sixth and final spot in the Tokyo Olympics with a six-run fourth inning.
Venezuela opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with a three-run “no doubt” home run in the top of the second inning by RF Diego Rincones (Giants organization).
Venezuela loaded the bases with two out in the top of the third inning. DR relieved starter RHP Radhamés Liz (Leones de Yucatán) with RHP Jhan Mariñez, and he got a fly out to leave the bases loaded.
The bottom of the third started with a double play. Venezuela starter LHP Yapson Gomez (Tigres de Quintana Roo) walked CF Emilio Bonifacio, and was replaced by RHP Eduardo Paredes. Paredes was greeted with a two-run home run by DH Melky Cabrera, and Venezuela led 3-2 after three innings.
DR took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. The inning started with singles by 1B Juan Francisco and LF Johan Mieses (Red Sox organization). Francisco scored on a double by 3B Diego Goris (Aguilas Cibaenas). SS Ramón Torres then hit a popup that was mishandled by SS Engelb Vielma (Navigantes de Magallanes), and Mieses scored giving DR a 4-3 lead. The play was reviewed for possible baserunner interference, but Torres was given the hit. C Charlie Valerio (Sioux Falls Canaries) hit an RBI double. The play at second was close, but it was reviewed, and Valerio was ruled safe. 5-3 DR.
Venezuela (2-1 in the tournament) defeated the Netherlands (0-3) 10-0 (seven innings) at the Estadio de Béisbol Hermanos Serdan in Puebla, Mexico. RHP Henry Centeno (Rieleros de Aguascalientes) pitched a two-hit shutout. Venezuela will play the Dominican Republic on Saturday for the sixth and final spot in the Tokyo Olympics.
Venezuela opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. 1B Hernán Pérez (Brewers organization) hit a double, then came home on a single by LF Alexander Palma (Brewers organization). Palma hit an RBI single in the bottom of third inning, followed by an RBI single by 3B Luis Sardiñas (Mariachis de Guadalajara), and a three-run home run by Robinson Chirinos (Yankees organization). That chased Dutch starter RHP Jair Jurrjens (Guerreros de Oaxaca), who got the loss. Venezuela led 6-0 after three innings.
The next three innings were scoreless, although not uneventful. In the top of the fifth, a pitch grazed the batter, DH Yurendell de Caster, then hit a finger of plate umpire Edgar Huerta. Huerta had to leave the game, and was replaced by Ramiro Alfaro. When play resumed, SS John Polonius (Rotterdam Curaçao Neptunus) got the Netherlands' first hit, and it was a broken bat infield single. The next batter, C Ricardo Dashenko (Rotterdam Curaçao Neptunus) was injured when he got piece of a pitch, and the ball hit his left ankle. He was unable to continue, and was replaced at the plate by Sicnarf Loopstok, who hit into double play.
The Dominican Republic (2-0 in the tournament) defeated the Netherlands (0-2) 4-3 at the Estadio de Béisbol Hermanos Serdan in Puebla, Mexico. The Netherlands will play an elimination game against Venezuela on Friday, and the Dominican Republic will play the winner on Saturday for the sixth and final spot in the Tokyo Olympics.
After two high-scoring games in this tournament, this one was a pitching duel until the eighth inning, and mostly well played. The starters were Tom de Blok for the Netherlands, and Osvaldo Bidó (Pirates organization) for DR. Bidó was relieved by Marcos Diplán (Orioles organization) in the fifth inning, but de Blok had a shutout going for nearly six innings. The only threat by either team was in the bottom of the fifth, when SS Ramon Torres hit a leadoff double, and went to third on a ground out. However, he was stranded when de Blok recorded a big strikeout of DH Melky Cabrera to end the inning.
De Blok's shutout ended with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning, when LF Johan Mieses (Red Sox organization) hit a solo home run. The next batter, 3B Diego Goris, hit a double, and de Blok was relieved by Mike Groen (Amsterdam Pirates). de Blok's numbers were 5 2/3 innings pitched, two runs on five hits, six strikeouts, and two walks.