During what seemed to be a pretty evenly matched game throughout the night it would all come down to the final two innings to determine who would be moving on and who would have to replay Puerto Rico before moving onto the semi-finals.Tied at 1-1 and with Team D.R. listed as the visitors pinch hitter Erick Aybar gave his team the lift they needed which propelled them to victory. Aybar singled home Nelson Cruz with the go-ahead run and Reyes would come in to seal the deal. Going undefeated throughout the entire WBC guarantees the Dominican squad a place in the semi finals in San Francisco. As stated earlier the match was tight as the team struggled early on going 0-7 with runners in scoring position.This was the first time the D.R. took on USA calling them the best team in the entire classic.
“No doubt it’s the best atmosphere I ever played in,” said Cruz, who has twice reached the World Series. “Thanks to the fans, we had extra motivation you don’t have every day.”