SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Rudmichaell Brandao raced home on a sacrifice fly to score the
go-ahead run to give Willemstad, Curacao (1-0) the win over
Valencia, Venezuela (0-1) in the first extra-inning game of this
year's series in a 5-4 eight-inning victory.
With the bases loaded and one out, Sorick Liberia hit a fly ball
to center field. Brandeo took off after the catch and the throw
appeared to arrive at home plate at the same time but it bounced
away from the catcher.
"I thought the runner left early, but you never know what the
umpire saw," said Richard Alvarez, manager of Venezuela, the Latin
Alvarez' son, Richard Jr., hit a grand slam in the fifth inning
for Venezuela, the Latin America champs, to tie the game at 4.
Liberia also homered and singled for Curacao, this year's