Found March 15, 2013 on
The Victory Formation:
The Dominican Republic won an exciting and emotional game over the United States in the World Baseball Classic, but it wasn’t without controversy from home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. Eric Aybar was up with one man on with the scored tied at 1. With the count at 1-1, closer Craig Kimbrel threw it waaaaay outside. Your browser does not support iframes. I’m just not sure why he didn’t comeback with the same pitch to strike him out. Aybar ended up ripping a 97 MPH fastball to plate the game-winning run. But that call was just insanely bad. Are we sure Enrico Palazzo didn’t replace Hernandez at some point?
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It took seven years, but we finally got a matchup between the Dominican Republic and the United States of America in the World Baseball Classic. It was worth the wait. With a spot in the final round on the line, the Dominicans rallied in the top of the ninth in front of a frenzied crowd that seemed to be made up mostly of Dominican fans, celebrating every big hit like it was a walkoff...
The day before, Dominican Republic manager Tony Pena engaged in classic manager-speak, all but calling the D.R.-USA matchup "just another game."
"We're going to play to win, no matter who we play," Pena told a group of American reporters. "We're going step by step, game by game."
Pena was lying. And his reaction Thursday night, as he teared...
The Dominican Republic scored that countries biggest victory Thursday night rallying for two runs in the top of the ninth to beat the United States 3-1 in the World Baseball Classic from Miami. Tied 1-1 entering the top half of the final inning, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel entered the game where he promptly gave up [...]
One thing can be said about the World Baseball Classic: there isn’t a lack of drama! The US could have won the game last night and wrote their ticket to the semis. Instead Craig Kimbrel had a rare meltdown and the Dominican Republic moved on instead. It is not over for the US yet though as they get one more shot tonight to make it to the next round. Standing in their way is Puerto...