DR defeats Nicaragua in World Baseball Classic; Juan Soto does his job

Nicaragua has lost all three games in the World Baseball Classic. On Monday, Nicaragua lost to the Dominican Republic, 6-1. The game was the first win of the Dominican team that on Saturday had lost 5-1 to Venezuela.

Juan Soto and Manny Machado batted two home runs, meeting local expectations for the All-Stars team. Rafael Devers and Julio Rodríguez also drove in runs for the Dominican team.

On Tuesday, the DR plays Israel as the country seeks its second win in the WBC Then on Wednesday, the DR is set to play Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has also lost to Venezuela. The DR needs to win these two games.

Diario Libre reports that after the cold water bath received following the loss 5-1 to Venezuela in the opener on Saturday, Dominican manager Rodney Linares decided to put Soto at the top of the batting order, something the 24-year-old slugger has only done a couple of times in his Major League career.

Soto provided a spark right away. He went 4-2 and scored three runs to put the Dominicans in the hunt for the two Group D tickets to the quarterfinals.

The Dominican Republic celebrated the home run hitters hanging a symbolic presidential sash on them: “La Ñoña”. Soto and Machado were the first recipients of the sash on Monday at Miami’s LoanDepot Park.

Winning pitcher Cristian Javier tolerated two hits and struck out four while working four innings.

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14 March 2023