Melky Cabrera sparked a comeback from a three-run deficit with a two-run homer, and the Dominican Republic claimed the ultimate Olympic baseball berth by beating Venezuela 8-5 on Saturday to win the ultimate qualifier at Puebla, Mexico.
Former Kansas Metropolis infielder Ramon Torres hit a go-ahead infield single in a six-run fourth inning for the Dominicans, who joined host Japan, the USA, Israel, Mexico and South Korea on the Olympics. The baseball match can be performed from July 28 to Aug. 7 in Fukushima and Yokohama.
Baseball, dropped from the Olympics after 2008, was restored for the Tokyo Video games and is being dropped once more for 2024, although it’s prone to be added for Los Angeles in 2028.
Gamers on 40-man main league rosters aren’t eligible.
San Francisco prospect Diego Rincones put Venezuela forward with a three-run homer within the second inning off Radhames Liz, whose final main league look was with Pittsburgh in 2015.
Emilio Bonifacio walked off starter Yapson Gomez with two outs within the third, and the 36-year-old Cabrera, a 15-year huge league veteran, greeted former Los Angeles Angels pitcher Eduardo Paredes with a two-run homer.
Juan Francisco singled main off the fourth and Milwaukee prospect Harold Chirino relieved. Boston prospect Johan Mieses singled, Diego Goris adopted with a tying double and Torres singled for a 4-3 lead.
Charlie Valerio’ had an RBI single, Gustavo Nunez hit a two-run single and Bonifacio added a sacrifice fly for an 8-3 lead.
Former huge leaguer Dario Alvarez pitched a hitless fourth for the win.
Milwaukee prospect Alexander Palma singled in a run within the seventh off former Arizona prospect Luis Castillo, and Danry Vasquez hit an RBI double with two outs within the ninth off Jairo Asencio earlier than Palma’s game-ending groundout.
The Netherlands was eradicated Friday. Australia, China and Taiwan withdrew from the ultimate qualifier citing the coronavirus pandemic.