WBC Qualifier 3: Colombia keeps Panama at bay

In the night cap of the World Baseball Classic, played at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Colombia and Panama pulled up a nice game that wasn’t as lopsided as the night game in Mexicali. 

 

COL   Colombia   6   –   3   Panama   PAN

Both teams kept each other in check rather well in the first two innings. Even though Colombia had an opportunity in the top of the first inning to take an early lead, as it had a runner in scoring position with only one out, the team failed to score.

But in the third inning Colombia demolished the defense of the home team. A lead off double hit by Carlos Vidal and two singles by Harold Ramirez and Dilson Herrera, drove in the opening run of the game. At that point, Davis Romero had thrown 52 pitches already, so he was pulled in favor of Humberto Mejia. But Mejia started with a wild pitch, that advanced both runners a base. The 4-3 ground out hit by Reynaldo Rodriguez plated the second run for Colombia, followed by consecutive singles that drove in two more to make panamait 4-0 Colombia.

In fact that score seemed to be enough but Panama’s neighbours scored two insurance runs in the seventh.

Panama on its turn got on the board in the bottom of the third inning  when Jorge Miranda scored on Edgar Munoz’ 6-4 ground out. Four innings later Panama scored another run on a solo homerun by Javier Guerra. The final run that Panama scored came when Carlos Ruiz singled home Anthony Amaya from second base.

But that was about all that Panama was capable of.

The score wasn’t really a blow out, but the difference in hits was. Colombia collected twelve hits and Panama got only three.

Karl Triana earned the win for Colombia. Only the pitch count limited him to six innings in which he threw 81 pitches of which 55 were strikes. Triana gave up one unearned run, walked one and fanned eight.

Davis Romero took the loss as he gave up three runs on five hits in only two innings and a batter faced.

Best hitter for Colombia was Jesus Valdez, who went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Two hitters drove in more runs than he did : Reynaldo Rodriguez, who went 2 for 5 with two RBI and a run scored and Mauricio Ramos, who collected two hits in five at bats with two runs batted in.

Just like Mexico, Colombia can lean back today as it has secured a spot in the final. They will face the winner of the game between Panama and France which will be played today.

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