Columbia improved to 2-0 last night in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Panama. They beat host Panama, 6-3 to advance to the WBCQ Finals on Sunday night.
The Columbians proved why they are the favorites, with good pitching and timely hitting.
Columbian starter Karl Triana did not allow a hit over six innings. He did walk one and allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the third. Triana struck out eight. Panama ended up with just three hits, scoring single runs again in the seventh and ninth (Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had an RBI single in the ninth).
The Columbians collected 12 hits (including four extra base hits) and went 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
KC Royals minor leaguer Mauricio Ramos was once again a part of the action. He started at third base and batted fifth. In Columbia’s four-run top of the third, Ramos drove in a run via a single. In the seventh, he delivered an RBI double. Overall, he went 2-for-5 and now has four RBIs in two games. That’s not surprising if you saw him play all season in Wilmington: he was Mr. Consistent.
Columbia will play on Sunday night in the WBC Qualifier Final (on MLB Network) against the winner of tonight’s Panama-France game.