Carried by Ivan Rodriguez‘s two-home run night and 4 1/3 strong innings from starter Javier Vazquez, the Puerto Rican national team shutout the Panamanians 7-0 in their first game of the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Carlos Delgado homered off of Bruce Chen in the second inning to ignite the Puerto Rican offense and bring the raucous, sold-out crowd to a frenzy.
Puerto Rico looks to advance to the second round of the tournament with a win Monday versus the surprising Netherlands team
(who completed quite a shocker earlier in the day).
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