Jimenez dazzling in WBC

March 10, 2009 | 8:50 pm | 2  

Ubaldo Jimenez did his part and then some, but the Dominican Republic was eliminated Tuesday in the World Baseball Classic.

Jimenez allowed two hits in four scoreless innings with no walks and 10 strikeouts, the latter a WBC record. He threw 43 of his 65 pitches for strikes, but long after Jimenez was gone, the Netherlands scored two runs in the 11th to beat the Dominican 2-1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was the second one-run win for the Netherlands over the Dominican, the other being 3-2 Saturday.

Jimenez struck out the side in the first, second and fourth innings. With two out in the first, Randall Simon grounded a single to center and moved up on a passed ball, but Jimenez struck out Yurendell de Caster. The other hit off Jimenez was a soft single to left with two out in the third by Gene Kingsdale, who was thrown out attempting to steal.

Like Jimenez, reliever Jason Grilli is also headed back to Rockies camp, his time in the WBC over. Italy, for whom Grilli pitched 3 1/3 innings Monday while earning a save, lost 10-1 to Venezuela. Grilli was a spectator at the game in Toronto, having thrown 44 pitches in his long outing a day earlier.

2 Comments »

  • Jeff | March 10, 2009 | 10:34 pm

    Tell Dan O’Dowd that Pedro is now available to be the fourth starter, too.

  • Al | March 11, 2009 | 12:34 pm

    It seemed to me that Ubaldo lost a handful of games just like this last season — lights out stuff, but no offense from the Rockies. Let’s hope the arms and the bats are on the same page this year for a few more wins.