The way Puerto Rico is pitching and hitting, manager Jose Oquendo likes his club’s chances of making a strong showing in the World Baseball Classic.
Jonathan Sanchez worked three scoreless innings, Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with a double and triple, and Ivan Rodriguez and Ramon Vazquez each drove in a run Wednesday night to pace a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Sanchez did a good job. I think he threw seven first-pitch strikes out of 10 batters,” Oquendo said. “That’s the key in this tournament. You have to throw strikes.”