The World Baseball Classic has made baseball great again (sorry) for the past few week with non-stop, heart-pounding action. The Puerto Rico-Netherlands game lived up to that mark on Monday with an extra inning affair — ending with Puerto Rico improving to 7-0 in the tournament with a 4-3 win the 11th inning.
The Netherlands and Puerto Rico traded two-run home runs in the first inning, with Wladimir Balentien and Carlos Correa leaving the yard.
T.J. Rivera checked in with the third home run of the game in the second inning to put Puerto Rico up 3-2.
But the Netherlands didn't go away. Balentien and Shawn Zarraga traded places with doubles, the play at the plate was reviewed and the score confirmed.
Either team could get any offense to win during regulation. The new extra innings took effect with Carlos Correa starting the inning on second base in the 11th inning.
Yadier Molina dropped a sacrifice bunt to push Correa to third base and Loek Van Mil was sent to first base on an intentional walk to load the bases.
Eddie Rosario sent Correa racing home on a sacrifice fly to score the winning run.
Puerto Rico will face the winner of the USA-Japan game on Tuesday night.