Runs by Bob Abreu and Ramón Hernández earned Venezuela a spot in the semifinals in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in a victory previously undefeated Puerto Rico. The final score of the game was 2-0.
In a game dominated by pitching, RBI hits by Carlos Guillén and Ramón Hernández won the game for the Venezuelan team.
The semifinals of the WBC will be played next Saturday, March 21st, in L.A.’s Dodger Stadium.
Félix Hernández was the winning pitcher, holding the Puerto Rican team scoreless over 4 and 2/3rds innings.
Venezuela scored its first run in the third inning off of pitcher Ian Snell, who ended up with the loss. Bob Abreu scored from second base following a Carlos Guillén hit to center field.
Puerto Rico threatened in the bottom of the fifth. Ramón Vásquez tripled and Carlos Beltrán walked to put runners on the corners. Venezuelan left handed pitcher Carlos Vásquez struck Carlos Delgado out to end the inning and maintain the shutout.
In the seventh, Ramón Hernández increased Venezuela’s lead with a solo home run to center that caused umpire to use instant replay to verify the hit.
Venezuelan ace Francisco “Kid” Rodríguez got the lost four outs of the game to earn the save.
Venezuela’s best players included Ramón Hernández, who went 3-4 with a solo homerun, and Carlos Guillén, who went 1-4 with an RBI. For Puerto Rico, Alex Ríos went 2-4.
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / March 17, 2009