Martinez Impresses, Netherlands Upsets Dominican Republic

An article by posted on March 7, 2009

Pedro Martinez said that he would use the World Baseball Classic as an audition for any interested teams, and today’s outing against the Netherlands was a good start. Martinez replaced Rafael Perez for the 5th inning and proceeded to pitch 3 scoreless innings, face the minimum 9 batters, gave up one hit, and struck out four of the final five hitters faced. Martinez threw 40 pitches, a whopping 32 of them for strikes. He gave up no walks and the only hit was erased on a 5-4-3 double play.

When Martinez entered the game in the 5th, the Netherlands were leading the heavily favored Dominican Republic team 3-1. The Netherland scored three times in the 1st off of Edinson Volquez, only two of them earned. The Dominican Republic got a solo homerun from Miguel Tejada in the bottom of the 4th. When Martinez left the game after the 7th, it was 3-2, after a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez that drove in Robinson Cano. Martinez was replaced by Damaso Marte.

Sidney Ponson was the starter for the Netherlands, and pitched 4 complete innings with two earned runs. One of the runs was charged to Ponson after a runner that he left on base scored after he was removed. The Netherlands were not deep in the bullpen, so they had to play matchups after Ponson left the game.

Mets SS Jose Reyes came in to pinch run for Willy Aybar in the botton of the 8th. Former Met Moises Alou pinch hit with 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th. Moises Alou flied out to end the 8th, stranding Jose Reyes. Fernando Tatis came in to play 1B for Aybar in the 9th.

The Dominican Team threatened in the bottom of the 9th, getting Willy Tavares in scoring position with 1 out. Willy Tavares was then thrown out trying to steal 3rd with Hanley Ramirez batting. Hanley Ramirez walked on a full count. Jose Bautista stuck out to seal the upset for the Netherlands.

The Dominican Republic was listed as the home team. The game was played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Dominican Team was 1 for 10 with RISP. Since the Dominican team lost, they have to play tomorrow against the loser between Panama and Puerto Rico. Since Pedro threw more than 30 pitches, he will not be eligible to play tomorrow.

Till Next Time.

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