Puerto Rico, the most dominant team in this tournament, had all it could handle with the Netherlands before surviving, 4-3, in 11 innings, needing the tiebreaker rules to pull it out on Eddie Rosario’s sacrifice fly. It’s amazing the Netherlands could hang around so long with powerful Puerto Rico, throwing six pitchers at the PR, keeping the game tied at 3-apiece. They shut down Puerto Rico after T.J. Rivera’s homer in the second inning, using five relievers – including Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen – after Rick van Den Hurk lasted just two innings. Puerto Rico survived the top half of the international tiebreaker when Curt Smith grounded into an inning-ending, bases-loaded double play. The Netherlands wasn’t so fortunate in the bottom of the 11th. The inning, which automatically starts with runners on first and second and no outs, began when Yadier Molina bunted the runners over. Javier Baez was intentionally walked. And Rosario finally ended the marathon on a sacrifice fly.
To be in this Classic, there’s no comparison with the experience of being in the Major Leagues. this has been at a different level. it’s an incomparable experience to share this experience. So far they are the greatest talents that have Puerto Rico has, and it is a tremendous honor to be the same game with them. Puerto Rico beat every other team and now have beaten Netherlands in the 11th inning to win in the semifinal world cup with the score 4-3 in a very tiring and hard game and truly is a amazing game that was played by both teams to come out to be a real classic and a real baseball game.