The Dominican Republic pounds Canada; Team USA walk-off win.
Pool C in Miami, Florida began on Thursday in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Participating in the pool will be the USA, Canada, Dominican Republic, and Colombia. The Dominican Republic is the defending WBC champion after going undefeated in 2013.
Canada 2, Dominican Republic 9
The Dominican got the pool off with a bang and a huge 9-2 win over Canada. The bats really came alive early for the defending champs, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the pool With 4 runs in the 2nd inning, everything after that was just gravy. Right fielder Jose Bautista hit a 3-run home run in the 6th inning giving the Dominican an 8-2 lead.
Welington Castillo got the big bats going with a 2-run shot in the 2nd inning making it 3-0. The Dominican would pound out 15 total hits, including 5 for extra bases. Bautista finished 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. Jose Reyes set the table from the lead off spot going 3-for-5 with a double, stolen base, and 2 runs scored.
As good as the bats looked for the Dominican, the arms were just as overwhelming. Carlos Martinez started and went 4.0 innings giving up just a single unearned run. After that it was a steady stream of great arms from the bullpen that shut down Team Canada.
Colombia 2, USA 3 (10)
Team USA needed an extra frame to hold off Colombia in its first game of the tournament. Chris Archer got the start for the USA and pitched great. He tossed 4.0 scoreless innings. He didn’t give up a hit or a walk and struck out 3. Tyler Clippard picked up the win in relief, but the biggest problem, other than the cold bats, for Team USA was that they used 6 relief pitchers and now they have to bounce back to face the defending champs.
Colombia 4, Canada 1
With the loss Canada is all but eliminated after starting off 0-2. Colombia got a good start from Julio Teheran who went 5.0 innings allowing just 1 run on 2 hits. Yohan Pino pitched great in relief as well going 3.0 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit.
The Canada bats were cold once again. The team combined for just 5 hits, 2 of which came from Freddie Freeman. He also had the lone RBI for Team Canada.
Colombia now has a must win game coming up against the defending champion Dominican Republic on Sunday. Canada will finish up with Team USA on Sunday evening. While Canada might not advance, they could get hot and ruin any plans the USA has to make it to Round 2.
Pool C Standings:
- Dominican Republic 1-0
- USA 1-0
- Colombia 1-1
- Canada 0-2
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.