We just watched an incredible game between the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic. The winner of this game got to move on to the 2nd round of the World Baseball Classic. The Dominicans came with an all star lineup and were the heavy favorites. The Netherlands were the big underdogs. I was cheering for the Netherlands. I’ll admit, I had mixed feelings on this one.
Ubaldo Jimenez was the starting pitcher tonight for the DR. He plays for the Rockies and is one of our top pitchers in the rotation. Ubaldo looked sharp and set a WBC record for strikeouts in a game. He pitched 4 innings and struckout 10.
Despite Ubaldo, Willy Taveras and a slew of other great players on the Dominican team, I really wanted to see the Neterlands pull an upset. The score was 0-0 going into the 11th inning. Jose Reyes scored in the top of the 11th to give the Dominicans a 1-0 lead. But the Netherlands, fought back and in the bottom of the 11th, they not only tied the game at 1-1, but with two outs, got another run and won the game!
What an exciting game! Congrats guys. I’ll be watching again in Round Two. Sorry to the Dominican players, but I bet your teams will be glad to have you back in Spring Training.
The World Baseball Classic (WBC for those in “the know”) has officially begun.
This is my first time seeing this tournament, but I’m already hooked. I’m pulling for Team USA. Mom and I watched the game yesterday against Canada and it was a good one. Dad was stuck at work and tried to catch the score every now and then on MLB.com I filled him in when he got home. LaTroy Hawkins got the win. I’m sure you knew he used to be a Rockie.
I’m also pulling for the underdogs whenever Team USA isn’t playing. The Netherlands pulling ahead of the Dominican Republic was a shocker.
We tuned in for Italy vs. Venezuela last night. Italy looked solid for the first 4 innings, but their bullpen couldn’t hold on. Poor Jason Grilli did not pitch well.
We’re getting ready for USA vs. Venezuela, which starts in a few minutes. I hear Chris Iannetta will be behind home plate tonight. Can’t wait!
Not much else to report. It’s been kind of a lazy day for us. Mom has been sick, so she’s been lounging and taking it easy. Dad ran some errands and took me for a walk down to the park when he got home. I saw geese, ducks, dogs and people out enjoying the nice weather. We had fun. It’s in the 60’s today. Hard to believe we had snow flurries yesterday.
Anyway, game starts in 2 min. Got to get a fresh bottle and clean diaper. Talk to you later!