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MIAMI.- Pinch hitter Erick Aybar drove in the winning run in the 9th inning to lead unbeaten Dominican Republic over United States 3-1 Thursday night, and advances to the World Baseball Classic semifinals.

Aybar’s one-out single to right with Nelson Cruz on third gave the Dominican’s 2nd run, and clinched the final round qualification in San Francisco. The infielder then scored the third run with a Jose Reyes hit.

United States and Puerto Rico clash for the final spot in the semifinals on Friday.

The game was a classic pitching duel until U.S. closer Craig Kimbrel crumbled in the ninth. Cruz welcomed him with a double, Carlos Santana ?? ground out to the infield advancing the runner, and Aybar batted for Ricardo Nanita to drive him in.

Kimbrel struck out Alejandro De Aza, but Aybar stole second and Reyes’ line drive to right capped the scoreboard.

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27 comment(s)
Written by: jasfalon, 15 Mar 2013 7:17 AM
From: United States

Baseball doesn't get better than that.

And the RD fans made the game the most entertaining game that I have ever seen.



Written by: mannyberrios, 15 Mar 2013 7:56 AM
From: United States
Great game
Written by: IloveDR, 15 Mar 2013 8:01 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
We destroyed , but the US is a great team also.
Written by: Gringo_1, 15 Mar 2013 8:39 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
Well done! Gratz!
Written by: walnut, 15 Mar 2013 10:58 AM
From: Dominican Republic, La Romana
Should MLB consider putting a team in Santo Domingo?
After watching last nights game and the passion of the Dominican players and fans, it would make great sense, no?
Written by: Danilo, 15 Mar 2013 11:32 AM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
That's the most noise that stadium will experience, until the next WBC of course. Btw, do you know if they allow trumpets into American baseball stadiums?
Written by: cibaeño75, 15 Mar 2013 12:01 PM
From: United States, New York City
The WBC should be every year. To hell with emulating the Olympics. This is the REAL World Series.
Written by: Arcangel96, 15 Mar 2013 12:13 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Nice!
Written by: Tomas, 15 Mar 2013 12:36 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera
Yup! it was a great game!
Could have gone either way!
But the best team won!
Tomas.
Written by: anthonyC, 15 Mar 2013 1:04 PM
From: United States


Wow. I forgot how obnoxious some chopos can be. A great game was almost ruined by some drunk Dominicans with foul language and no woman with view was immune from their disgusting, moronic comments.


Written by: Tomas, 15 Mar 2013 1:09 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera
Hey Tony!
Maybe they were Cuban Dominican fans!
jajajajaja
Tomas.
Written by: cibaeño75, 15 Mar 2013 1:12 PM
From: United States, New York City
Anthony Comemierda quips "some drunk Dominicans with foul language and no woman with view(sic) was immune from their disgusting, moronic comments."

I can go to Hialeah right now, at this very hour, and find your co-ethnics doing the same or worse. As if the Cuban population doesn't have its share of obnoxious cat callers and individuals fond of spirits. So what's your point? Be serious.
Written by: anthonyC, 15 Mar 2013 2:33 PM
From: United States


Bigoted insults to defend your people's rude behavior?

Well that put me in my place.

No worries. We did what we always do everywhere including in S.D.. Just closed the window to keep the riff raff out.
Written by: cibaeño75, 15 Mar 2013 2:39 PM
From: United States, New York City
AC wines "Bigoted insults to defend your people's rude behavior?"

Pointing out the obvious is now bigoted insults. Whatever. Carry on.
Written by: Danilo, 15 Mar 2013 2:55 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
Anthony is just jealous that the tigres were not paying attention to him and his tight jeans.
Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 16 Mar 2013 7:34 AM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

"Should MLB consider putting a team in Santo Domingo?"

That'd be great, Walnut, and someday we may have one. Except, as yet, we don't generate the kind of money required to support one here.
The fans are there, but not the money to afford enough of us in the ballpark.

When the DR doubles its GDP, it may be possible. But it may take another ten years, if not more, before even considering having our own franchise.
If so, what would we name it? "The Sharks"? I don't know, what do you think?
Written by: Tomas, 16 Mar 2013 9:43 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera
hey, i got it!
the "dominican sankies"
Written by: lovingit, 19 Mar 2013 10:25 AM
From: United States, Delaware
@Ron

Here are a few I could think off:

Santo Domingo Saints
Santo Domingo Caribes
Santo Domingo Colonials
Santo Domingo Americans (for the birth place of the American Continent)
Santo Domingo Islanders
Santo Domingo Knights

etc...
Written by: RonEvane This user is banned, 19 Mar 2013 10:56 AM
From: United States, Gaithersburg, Maryland

@lovingit.

They all sound slick, cool ,and foxy!

My choices from your list: Caribes, Colonials, or Islanders...!
Written by: Arcangel96, 19 Mar 2013 11:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic
PUR 0-3 DOM
TOP of the 9th......two more outs to go....Go DR!!!!
Written by: Arcangel96, 19 Mar 2013 11:36 PM
From: Dominican Republic
One more strike!!!!!
Written by: Arcangel96, 19 Mar 2013 11:38 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic Champions!!!!!!
Written by: Arcangel96, 19 Mar 2013 11:40 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Also..Great Job Puerto Rico!!!
Written by: Danilo, 19 Mar 2013 11:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
Hell yeah!
Written by: Arcangel96, 19 Mar 2013 11:57 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Also..Great Job Puerto Rico!!!
Written by: Danilo, 20 Mar 2013 12:01 AM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
Btw, who got the MVP award? I missed it
Written by: Arcangel96, 20 Mar 2013 12:23 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Good question...I think I missed that part too...I would give it to Jose Reyes......

It was Robinson Cano (MVP)
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