Venezuela looked like a team that was going through the motions on Saturday, as Puerto Rico stays hot with a shut down victory.
In a game that featured two teams going in opposite directions, Venezuela looked completely unmotivated. On the other hand, Puerto Rico looked happy to play another game despite it’s lack of significance. Venezuela having been eliminated on Friday night had no stake in this game other than the pride of winning their last game for their country. Puerto Rico also had no stake in this game. Other than remaining undefeated Puerto Rico had little to play for as they already had clinched a spot in the WBC Semi-Finals at Dodger Stadium in LA next week.
Puerto Rico wouldn’t miss a beat starting off the game by loading the bases before recording a single out. After a leadoff double by Angel Pagan, the Puerto Ricans would score only one run in what was a fielder’s choice by TJ Rivera. The score would remain 1-0 until Puerto Rico came to bat in the top of the third. A one out double to center by Correa would be followed by a Rivera reaching first base on an error by Venezuelan first baseman, Perez. This would score Correa increasing the PR lead to 2-0.
In the top of the fifth, Hernandez would fly…