Rays shortstop prospect Leonardo Reginatto collected three hits, an RBI and a run scored Saturday as Brazil cruised past Colombia, 7-1, in a WBC qualifier at Panama City.
Having beaten the host country, 3-2, on Thursday, Brazil will clinch a spot in the WBC with another win over Colombia or Panama on Monday.
Blanked for three innings, Brazil scored in each of the next five innings. After a three-run seventh, Reginatto provided more insurance with an RBI single in the eighth.
The 22-year-old has paced Brazil through two qualifying games, leading the team with four hits and three runs scored in nine trips to the plate. Signed by Tampa Bay as a non-drafted free agent in 2009, Reginatto hit .276 with a homer, 29 RBIs and eight stolen bases this summer in his second stint with short-season Hudson Valley.
Colombia racked up 11 hits but mustered just one run on a fifth-inning single by Jolbert Cabrera that scored former World Series MVP Edgar Renteria. Marlins infielder Donovan Solano went 3-for-4 with a walk.
Brazil starter Oscar Nakaoshi put runners in scoring position in three of his four innings but escaped unscathed. The 21-year-old left-hander allowed five hits and two walks, striking out four.
Panama 6, Nicaragua 2
Pirates farmhand Eliecer Navarro tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings and Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada drove in a pair of runs to power Panama past Nicaragua.
Braves prospect Concepcion Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored out of the eighth spot of Panama's lineup.
Panama will take on Colombia in an elimination game on Sunday, with the winner facing Brazil the following night.