Sports March 10, 2017 | 11:31 am

Dominican Republic’s plantain power mashes Canada

Dominican Jose Bautista follows the ball out of th park. Photo elnuevodiario.com.do

Miami.- Mangú power once again catapults the Dominican Republic to a strong performance and confirmed why it figures as the odds-on favorite by crushing Canada in his World Baseball Classic debut.

The big Dominican guns scattered 15 hits, including five extra-bases and two homers in between as the pitching fulfilled expectations with the 9-2 win.

It was the Dominicans’ ninth Classic win in a row. The Netherlands dealt them their last setback in 2009.

Canadian starter Ryan Dempster, who hadn’t pitched since 2013, was chased off he mound allowing  seven hits and four walks in just two innings throwing 49 pitches.

There was everything at Marlins Park, even thousands of banana-shaped balloons that were handed out to the fans upon entering the park.

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