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WBC Game Chat: Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela, 10 am PT
2006-03-07 09:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Lake Buena Vista, Florida! The game is being televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Pool D gets underway with a clash of the two Caribbean titans. Bartolo Colón will face Johán Santana and then expect a parade of relievers.

Manny Acta will send out this starting lineup for the Dominican Republic:

  1. Alfonso Soriano, 2B
  2. Miguel Tejada, SS
  3. Albert Pujols, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Moisés Alou, LF
  6. Adrián Beltré, 3B
  7. Juan Encarnación, RF
  8. Alberto Castillo, C
  9. Willy Taveras, CF

Luis Sojo has this starting lineup for Venezuela

  1. Omar Vizquel, SS
  2. Carlos Guillén, 1B
  3. Bobby Abreu, CF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  5. Ramón Hernandez, C
  6. Magglio Ordóñez, RF
  7. Víctor Martinez, DH
  8. Edgardo Alfonzo, 2B
  9. Juan Rivera, LF

It's quite likely these teams could face each other three times: this game, again in the second round and again in the semifinals

Dominicanos preparados para Venezuela

Final Score: Dominican Republic 11, Venezuela 5

WP - Colón
LP - Santana

HRs - Ortiz 2, Beltre 2, Cabrera, Alfonzo

The Dominican Republic scored off of all five Venezuelan pitchers. Miguel Batista gave up 4 of the 5 for the Dominican Republic.

Venezuela plays Italy next on Wednesday.
The Dominican Republic is off Wednesday and plays Italy Thursday.

Poor Italy.

2006-03-07 09:33:40
1.   Cliff Corcoran
Gameday has Guillen at 1B, Hernandez behind the plate and Martinez DHing for Venezuela, with Hernandez and Martinez switched in the order. For the DR it has Willy Taveras in CF, Encarnacion in left, and no Wily Mo. Taveras is batting ninth, pushing Encarnacion and Pena up to seventh and eight, respectively.
2006-03-07 09:35:23
2.   Bob Timmermann
Yes, both mangers changed around the lineups a bit. I've changed it up top and changed the tense of the sentences too.
2006-03-07 10:16:30
3.   Bob Timmermann
Well, off to work and such so I will miss a good chunk of this game.

Somehow I don't think this one will be cut short by the mercy rule.

A Dominican fan gave Pedro Feliz a drum to autograph.

2006-03-07 10:18:58
4.   Bob Timmermann
Carlos Guillen picks up an Olney!
2006-03-07 11:03:39
5.   Cliff Corcoran
Ortiz blasts a homer leading off the second to start the scoring (Ortiz v. Santana, oh to have watched that at-bat). Edgardo Alfonzo, who has played a total of 13 games at second base in the last four seasons, then gets to killing his team with his defense at second following a two-out walk to Juan Encarnacion (!):

Alberto Castillo singles on a pop up to second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Juan Encarnacion to 3rd.

Willy Taveras reaches on force attempt, throwing error by second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. Juan Encarnacion scores. Alberto Castillo to 3rd. Willy Taveras to 2nd.

Alfonso Soriano then restored order by striking out on three pitches.

2006-03-07 11:06:47
6.   Cliff Corcoran
And the Gameday goes boom and the game disappears. Sigh.
2006-03-07 11:27:53
7.   Bob Timmermann
We're through 3 1/2. It's 2-0 D.R. Carlos Zambrano has relieved Santana. Miguel Batista in to relieve Colon.
2006-03-07 11:37:45
8.   Bob Timmermann
Batista comes out shaky
HBP of Cabrera, but then a DP from Hernandez. Then Ordonez singles, Martinez walks and Alfonzo singles in a run to make it 2-1 D.R.
2006-03-07 11:51:03
9.   Bob Timmermann
With two outs, Zambrano walks Pujols and Ortiz and then Alou singles in a run and Beltre crushes a 3-run home run to make it 6-1.
2006-03-07 11:55:32
10.   Doug N
That was a beautiful dinger for Beltre. I do miss seeing him in Dodger Blue.
2006-03-07 11:58:48
11.   Bob Timmermann
And Miguel Cabrera hits a 2-run homer to make it 6-3 in the fifth.

I doubt the mercy rule will come into effect.

Not that anyone else is here.

2006-03-07 12:04:40
12.   Bob Timmermann
Hi Doug!
2006-03-07 12:07:07
13.   Cliff Corcoran
There are others.
2006-03-07 12:10:09
14.   Bob Timmermann
The top 2 in the D.R. order aren't providing much. 0 for 8 with 4 Ks for Soriano and Tejada along with a GIDP.
2006-03-07 12:11:18
15.   sam2175
Shouldn't Placido Polanco be playing? What is Soriano doing at leadoff spot and playing second base?
2006-03-07 12:12:40
16.   Bob Timmermann
Soriano has SWAGGER!

I imagine that Polanco will get some time against Italy and Australia.

Fonzie with another homer to make it 6-4 D.R.

2006-03-07 12:16:53
17.   sam2175
The DR manager missed a trick. He should have Natted Soriano out, asking him to move to OF.

That worked on Melvin Mora when he was asked to play CF. Of course, Mora had legitimate reasons.

2006-03-07 12:17:42
18.   Bob Timmermann
Shades of Pool A with similarly named pitchers following each other on the mound.

Victor Zambrano relieves Carlos.

2006-03-07 12:23:06
19.   Brendan
Wow this is a fun game to watch.
2006-03-07 12:24:44
20.   Bob Timmermann
How can Zambrano look so good against Ortiz and then look so bad against Alou and then look good again when facing Beltre?

How do Mets fans put up with that?

2006-03-07 12:26:17
21.   Bob Timmermann
Who would be the closer for the D.R.? Tavarez?
2006-03-07 12:28:50
22.   Bob Timmermann
Damaso Marte in to relieve for the D.R. in the 7th.
2006-03-07 12:35:58
23.   Bob Timmermann
Tavarez is in to face Cabrera in the 7th so either he's not closing or Acta wants to use his best reliever at the most important time.
2006-03-07 12:39:34
24.   Bob Timmermann
Cabrera misses a game-tying home run by about an inch. He doubles off the top of the fence in left-center. 6-5 D.R in the bottom of the 7th, 2 outs and Ramon Hernandez up.
2006-03-07 12:41:59
25.   Bob Timmermann
DOINK! Hernandez gets hit by the pitch. Magglio Ordonez up.
2006-03-07 12:46:56
26.   Ken Arneson
Nice play by Cabrera. This game is a blast. Whee!
2006-03-07 12:51:21
27.   Bob Timmermann
Soriano out in place of Belliard at second. Soriano was 0 for 5.
2006-03-07 12:57:30
28.   Bob Timmermann
On to the 9th! 6-5 D.R.

Tejada, Pujols and Ortiz due up.
V. Zambrano has thrown just 27 pitches.

2006-03-07 13:07:01
29.   Bob Timmermann
So the Carlos Hernandez LOOGY experiment didnt' work well there for Venezuela?

2-run homer for Ortiz and it's 8-5 D.R.

2006-03-07 13:07:19
30.   sam2175
Ortiz clutches one out. 8-5 DR.
2006-03-07 13:08:36
31.   Bob Timmermann
Hernandez out and Jorge Julio in.

Duaner Sanchez is warming up for the D.R. for the 9th.

2006-03-07 13:11:56
32.   Bob Timmermann
Beltre with another homer, a 2-run shot and it's 10-5 D.R.
2006-03-07 13:20:26
33.   Bob Timmermann
"The inning is over, but the damage is done"

Dominican Republic 11
Venezuela 5

Going to the bottom of the 9th

2006-03-07 17:23:13
34.   Shaun P
Out of curiousity, how did Colon get the win here? Have the rules for awarding a win been modified, seeing no starter in the first round is likely to go 5 full innings? (Though Peavy probably could've - he was filthy.)
2006-03-07 19:12:05
35.   Bob Timmermann
With the pitch count limits, the 5-inning rule was waived for wins, just like it is in the All-Star Game.

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