After beating the mighty USA on Wednesday to become the winners of Pool C, Team Venezuela is carrying a lot of confidence with it into Miami for Round 2 of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Dominant pitching and timely hitting helped Puerto Rico defeat the Netherlands, 5-0, in the final game of Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night.
The way that Netherlands pitcher Juan Carlos Sulbaran handled Major League hitters in his first outing in the World Baseball Classic has been one of the biggest surprises for a Dutch team that has been full of surprises this spring.
Even the most serious baseball fans have to shake their heads at the roster of The Netherlands team that has turned this World Baseball Classic on its head by eliminating the star-studded Dominican Republic team, and ask "who are these guys?"
Puerto Rico and the Netherlands will meet on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET in the final game of Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic. Both move to Round 2 of the Classic in Miami. The winner on Wednesday, however, determines the top seed of Pool D.
After the Dominican Republic scored a run in the top of the 11th, the Dutch answered with two runs to stun the D.R., 2-1, for the second time in Pool D and advance to Round 2.
Mariners prospect and Netherlands center fielder Greg Halman is hoping that his World Baseball Classic experience will quicken his ascension to the Majors.
The Dominican Republic will seek to avenge its Game 1 loss to the Netherlands and the Dutch are out prove that they deserve to advance to the next round when the two teams meet again in Game 5 of Pool D of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.
Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands, 3-1, in Game 4 of Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic on Monday, in a battle that the Dutch almost pulled out victorious.
The Netherlands will attempt to pull off another upset when it meets Puerto Rico in Game 4 of Pool D play of the World Baseball Classic on Monday.