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USA advances to semifinals of World Baseball Classic

Team USA advances to the semifinals with a 6-3 defeat of the defending champion Dominican Republic. It was an instant classic, and the first time the USA has beaten the DR in the World Baseball Classic.

It didn’t start well for Team USA falling behind 2-0 after an inning of play. Brandon Crawford didn’t help the American effort throwing a ball away in the first allowing 1 of the runs scored to be unearned. USA starter Danny Duffy pitched well despite giving up 6 hits in 4.0 innings of work. In the 2nd inning Duffy allowed a lead off single from Gregory Polanco. Then Welington Castillo doubled putting runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Duffy, though, would work his way out of it without giving up a run. That was a huge boost for Team USA.

In the next half inning the USA would tie the game. The first run came around after Giancarlo Stanton singled to start the inning. With Stanton running, Johnathan Lucroy singled up the middle putting runners at the corners. Ian Kinsler would knock in the first run with a ground out, then two batters later Christian Yelich doubled in the gap to bring Kinsler around from first to tie the game.

But the big blow came an inning later. In what is clearly one of the hardest balls hit in recent memory, Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run laser of a home run to left giving the USA a 4-2 lead. And something you have to see.

But that may not have been the play of the game. Up 4-2 in the bottom of the 7th, Manny Machado led off for the Dominican Republic. He hit a blast to center field that was about to cut the lead in half, until the new Captain America Adam Jones made one of the most spectacular catches. Again, it is something you have to see.

Jones timed it perfectly and robbed a ball that was going a few rows deep. The next batter, Robinson Cano, did hit a solo home run that cut the lead to 4-3. Without Jones’ catch the game would have been tied.

The USA extended its lead in the 8th on a 2-run double by Andrew McCutchen, which is a player that the Americans really need to get going at the plate. His double really sealed the game for the USA.

Notable Performances:

Sam Dyson pitched 1.2 innings in relief shutting down the DR bats at a key time in the game.

Gregory Polanco quietly went 3-for-4 with a double.

Dellin Betances was unhittable once again. He pitched an inning in relief striking out 2.

Jumbo Diaz also struck out 2 in an inning of work.

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The USA will now face off with Japan in one semifinal game on Tuesday. The other semifinal match up will be the Netherlands and Puerto Rico on Monday. The winners will face each other for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Championship on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

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WBC: USA comes up short; Puerto Rico advances to semifinals

An late rally was not enough to overcome a huge error for Team USA as Puerto Rico advances to semifinals of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Puerto Rico is looking to do one better than its runner-up finish in the 2013 WBC, and now they have their chance.

Team USA and Marcus Stroman came out as flat as you could in the bottom of the 1st inning. At the same time, Puerto Rico came out rolling. Six straight singles to start the game led to a 4-0 lead after an inning. Angel Pagan, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, and Javier Baez all singled to start the game. Eddie Rosario drove in the 4th run of the game with a sacrifice fly that turned into a double play. Molina over slide the bag at 3rd base and Nolan Arenado held the tag completing the double play which was huge in getting the USA out of the jam.

In the top of the 2nd the USA came right back. Arenado led off the inning with a double and was driven home almost immediately on a RBI single by Eric Hosmer. After a walk, Seth Lugo would pitch his way out of the inning with a double play ground ball helping his cause.

Stroman really settled down after the first inning. He didn’t give up another hit until Puerto Rico came through with 2 infield singles in the bottom of the 5th which prompted Jim Leyland to pull Stroman after 4.2 innings of work. Mychal Givens came into relieve Stroman and got out of the inning getting Molina to fly out.

Buster Posey cut the lead to 2 with a solo blast in the top of the 5th inning. The lead was cut further in the 6th on a Captain America, sorry Adam Jones, solo shot making it 4-3.

It got a bit more exciting in the 6th inning. Andrew Miller was called on to relieve Givens with no outs and 2 runners on. And Miller finally looked like Miller getting the first 2 hitters to strike out. Then with runners at 2nd and 3rd after a double steal, Miller got Angel Pagan to ground to 3rd base. Arenado made a great stop on a bad hop, but then threw the ball away allowing 2 runs to score for Puerto Rico.

The USA rallied in the top of the 9th. Arenado led off with a walk and was followed by an Eric Hosmer single. That brought up Buster Posey, who already homered, as the tying run. Edwin Diaz would get Posey swinging on a 3-2 count, but he wasn’t out of the inning. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch with Paul Goldschmidt at the plate. Diaz then sent Goldschmidt down swinging, and Brandon Crawford represented Team USA’s last hope. Crawford came up huge with a 2-run triple just beating the throw at 3rd.

Replay showed Crawford was out at third, but with no replay it was up to Josh Harrison to try and tie it up for Team USA. But Diaz got Harrison swinging to end the inning and put Puerto Rico in the semifinals.

With the win Puerto Rico earns a trip to Los Angeles. Team USA will have to defeat defending champion Dominican Republic on Saturday for a trip to L.A.

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Puerto Rico advances to semifinals

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Tiebreaker Rules at World Baseball Classic make for exciting times

Excitement is still alive thanks to the tiebreaker rules at the World Baseball Classic.

In Pool F in San Diego, everyone is still alive for a semifinal birth in Los Angeles.

Current Pool F Standings:

  1. United States 1-0
  2. Puerto Rico 1-0
  3. Dominican Republic 1-1
  4. Venezuela 0-2

Even without a win so far Venezuela is still alive, although they need a lot more help than others. There are 3 games remaining in the round robin pool play.

Remaining Schedule Pool F:

Friday March 17th 10 PM EDT
USA vs Puerto Rico

Saturday Marth 18th 3:30 PM EDT
Puerto Rico vs Venezula

Saturday March 19th 10 PM EST
USA vs Dominican Republic

Sunday March 20th 6 PM EDT
*Tiebreaker Game
*if necessary

Now I know just looking at this does not give you a clear picture of what might and can happen over the next 2 days of play. But thanks to Michael Liu and Twitter (follow him @liuchiahow), he has come up with this great little chart on what could happen. Of course this does not go into the tiebreaker rules of runs allowed, blah, blah, blah. But it is a little too early to get into all of that. Just look at what happened to Mexico when you do that prematurely.

So no matter what happens over the next 2 days of play, it is going to be exciting just like the rest of this WBC. You can catch all the action on MLB Network, MLB.tv, or ESPN Deportes. These last 2 days of Pool F are going to be exciting ones that I wouldn’t want to miss if I were you.

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WBC: Dominican Republic downs Venezuela 3-0

Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela: DR Stays Alive at the WBC

The Dominican Republic bounced back after its first loss at a World Baseball Classic since 2009 with a 3-0 win over Venezuela. The win puts the Dominican Republic back in the hunt for a semifinal birth, but then thanks to the tiebreaker system so is Venezuela. But we will get to that later.

Venezuela 0, Dominican Republic 3

The game was a pitcher’s duel for the first 4+ innings as it remained scoreless. Both starters went 4.1 innings. Starting for Venezuela was Jhoulys Chacin, who recently signed with the Padres. So getting his first start in Petco, Chacin gave up 1 run on 3 hits. The lone run came on a Gregory Polanco solo home run in the 5th giving the Dominican a 1-0 lead.

Edinson Volquez got the start for the Dominican Republic going 4.1 shutout innings. He gave up 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. The Dominican bullpen dominated the rest of the weay. Between Fernando Abad (W, 1-0), Hansel Robles, Dellin Betances, Jesus Colome, and Jeurys Familia (S, 1) the bullpen gave up 4 hits and struck out 8 to secure the much needed victory.

Robinson Cano made it a 2-0 game with a RBI single in the 7th. Then, Nelson Cruz helped extend the lead with his 2nd homer of the WBC, a solo shot in the 8th inning.

Notable Performers:

Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 for Venezuela with a double from the lead off spot.

Yangervis Solarte came in for Odubel Herrera in the 7th and finished the game going 2-for-2 for Venezuela.

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Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela

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WBC: USA defeats Venezuela using a pair of homers in the 8th inning

In a match up full of MLB All-Stars using a 3-run 8th inning to mount a comeback in yet one more exciting game during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Team USA defeats Venezuela

Felix Hernandez did just what everyone thought he would do. He shut down the USA bats for 5.0 innings of shutout ball. He gave up just 3 hits while striking out 3. In the bottom of the 3rd, the USA loaded the bases with just 1 out. Up to bat was Adam Jones (the new Captain America?). Hernandez fooled Jones on a 2-2 count  getting him to reach for a pitch and ground weakly to second baseman Jose Altuve who was quick to turn the double play ending the inning. The other four innings pitched by Hernandez went 1-2-3.

It took an error on Rougned Odor, playing out of position at third, for the USA to break through. A Jonathan Lucroy sacrifice fly cut the lead in half at 2-1.

A half inning earlier Odor gave Venezuela a 2-0 lead on a solo home run to right.

But the USA took over in the bottom of the 8th inning. Leading off the inning for Team USA was once again Adam Jones. This time he wasn’t fooled by a pitch and on a 2-2 pitch he tied the game up with a home run to left center. But they weren’t done.

Christian Yelich singled up the middle. Then with one out Eric Hosmer blasted one into the stands in right center field giving the USA a 4-2 lead.

Notable Performers:

Getting his first WBC start, Alex Bregman picked up a pair of hits and a walk in 4 plate appearances.

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 in the lead off spot for Team USA.

Drew Smyly pitched 4.2 innings getting the start for Team USA. He gave up 1 unearned run on 3 hits while striking out 8.

Pat Neshek picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief while Luke Gregerson picked up the save.

Pool F Standings from San Diego:

  1. United States 1-0
  2. Puerto Rico 1-0
  3. Dominican Republic 0-1
  4. Venezuela 0-1

USA defeats Venezuela

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Adrian Gonzalez Slams WBC over botched tiebreaker decision

The only real negative news coming out of the World Baseball Classic comes to us from Los Angeles as Adrian Gonzalez slams WBC.

I get it. He was upset over what happened in Jalisco when the tournament officials misinformed some others that Mexico had made it into the tiebreaker game. But here is the thing, the situation was made right, and by the rules the right teams played in the tiebreaker.

One of the Tweets from Gonzalez taking a shot at the WBC.

Then it was followed by another.

However, unfortunately for Gonzalez and Mexico that original calculation was incorrect. I will not go into the details of the system. Instead I will leave that up to Gabriel Fidler over at ExtraInnings who did a nice blog post explaining. You can find that here.

But the most shocking Tweets came from a reporter from the LA Times.

And another shot at the WBC…

But here is the thing. First of all, Adrian you are 34 years old. In four years you will be 38. Let’s be honest with one another. You probably won’t be asked back for the 2021 WBC. Sure you could continue to be a pivotal player for Mexico, but chances are you are going to be at the tail end of your career. You are only signed through next year in LA, and you might want to worry about keeping your spot at first base with the youngster Cody Bellinger on the upswing.

And in case you have missed it, this edition of the WBC has been the best ever. More and more people are watching it and discovering how great the game is internationally. So, perhaps we could put out petty gripes behind us one day and do what needs to be done, grow the game. Sure the WBC isn’t the World Cup. Then again the World Cup has been going on for almost 90 years. The WBC has been around for just over a decade. Give it some time and for the love of baseball, help it grow. You are a legend in Mexico, and perhaps LA, and your support will only help it grow. Sometimes we have to put aside our differences and move forward like grown men to do what is best for the sport. Too often things do not change unless something goes wrong. Your situation will help the WBC grow not only internationally, but as an event.

With all that being said, good luck to the Dodgers this year and good luck to Mexico in the next go around of the WBC. With or without you. Hopefully, it will be with you.

Adrian Gonzalez Slams WBC

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WBC: Japan and Netherlands advance to semifinals

Japan and Netherlands advance to semifinals in Los Angeles at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Netherlands 14, Cuba 1

The Netherlands jumped on Cuba early and often scoring multiple runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th inning en route to a 14-1 drubbing that ended after 7 innings due to the run rule.

The Dutch hit 4 home runs in the victory. Two of those came from slugger Wladimir Balentien who hit a 3-run shot in the first inning and a solo shot in the 3rd inning. Yurendell Decaster hit a 2-run shot in the 3rd inning, and the final shot came in the 7th from Kailan Sams.

Decaster drove in 4 runs and Jurickson Profar chipped in with 3 hits scoring 2 runs. Despite all the offense, perhaps the best performance came from starter, Diego Markwell. Markwell went 6.0 innings giving up just 1 run on 4 hits. It was his first start in the 2017 WBC after giving the Netherlands 3 solid starts in 2013.

Shairon Martis finished off the game with a scoreless inning. There wasn’t much to write home about for Cuba in the loss. Willian Saavedra was the only Cuba hitter with more than 1 hit. He went 2-for-3 with a double.

The win combined with Japan’s win over Cuba gave the Netherlands and Japan a birth in the semifinals in Los Angeles. Both teams will travel to Los Angeles and wait to see who they will play out of the pool currently playing in San Diego. The single elimination championship round will begin on Monday March 20th with the Netherlands facing the winner from Pool F. Japan will play the next day against the runner up from Pool F with the winners from both games playing for the title.

Full Box Score

Final Pool E Standings from Tokyo:

  1. Japan 3-0
  2. Netherlands 2-1
  3. Israel 1-2
  4. Cuba 0-3

 

Japan Netherlands advance semifinals

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WBC: Puerto Rico defeated Dominican Republic led by Yadier Molina

In the battle between two of the hottest teams in Pool F in San Diego, Puerto Rico defeated Dominican Republic 3-1 handing the Dominican its first loss dating back to the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

In a rematch of the 2013 Championship, Puerto Rico rewrote the ending led by the ageless Yadier Molina. Molina did it all in the game. He hit a solo home run in the 6th inning giving Puerto Rico a 3-1 lead that it would hold onto. He also drove in the first run of the game with a single to left, and he threw out a runner at a pivotal time late in the game.

With 2 outs in the top of the 8th inning, Nelson Cruz walked putting the tying run at the plate for the Dominican. At the plate would be Adrian Beltre. Perhaps trying to get things moving in the right direction, Beltre is hitting 0.091 during this WBC, Cruz set off for second base. The play will be one that will go down in WBC history as a fan favorite for a long long time. Cruz was out by so much that Javier Baez never even looked while making the tag and started celebrating before he made the tag. It is something you just have to see.

But that might not have been the biggest play of the game. In the top of the 1st inning, the Dominican Republic loaded the bases with nobody out. Jean Segura led off with a single. He was followed by a Manny Machado double, and then a Robinson Cano walk. It did not look good for Puerto Rico. After getting Jose Bautista to strike out, Carlos Santana lined into one of the best double plays of the WBC.

Santana flew out to right fielder Eddie Rosario who then threw a one hop strike to Molina at the plate to double up Segura trying to tag up and score. Molina and Puerto Rico erupted in celebration and the play seemed to not only excite the Puerto Rico dugout, but at the same time showed the Dominican Republic they were vulnerable.

Notable Performers:

Nelson Cruz accounted for the only Dominican run with a solo blast in the 2nd inning.

Carlos Martinez pitched well even though he took the loss. He went 4.0 innings giving up just 2 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits.

Gregory Polanco was the only Dominican hitter with more than 1 hit. He doubled and stole a base.

Full Box Score

Puerto Rico defeated Dominican Republic

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How have our World Baseball Classic predictions been so far?

Back just before the start of the tournament, we made 2017 World Baseball Classic predictions. Today we want to take a look at how those are going and perhaps make some updates on Round 2.

Pool A

We predicted the Netherlands and South Korea would make it out of Pool A. We were half wrong. We expected South Korea to have a better showing, like most everyone else. We did say that Israel would come close to advancing, but I don’t think anyone saw them going 3-0. My feeling was they would come close to beating South Korea and be outs away from advancing. Turns out they would best South Korea and win the whole pool.

Pool B

I think this was the easiest pool to predict. We predicted this right down to the records for all teams. Japan and Cuba advanced. Australia missed out on Round 2 by a single run losing to Cuba 4-3.

Pool C

We got the top 2 right, but did not see Colombia putting up such a great fight. They nearly beat the USA in the first game, beat Canada, and then came inches away from defeating the Dominican Republic. We thought Canada would get by Colombia, but they did not. Canada was rather disappointing in the 2017 WBC and now will have to qualify for the 2021 edition.

Pool D

It almost came down to exactly how we thought it might. We predicted it would be Puerto Rico (although at 2-1 not 3-0) and Venezuela making it to Round 2. We also thought that this would be the pool that would need to play the tiebreaker game, check. This was perhaps the most exciting round, which says a lot with how exciting this tournament has been.

We are sticking to the rest of our predictions. So far we predicted 7 of the 8 in Round 2, and we are sticking to our predictions of the semifinals consisting of USA, Dominican Republic, Japan, Netherlands. That is going out on a limb saying that Puerto Rico will not advance since they have been one of the hottest teams.

It has been a fun WBC so far with so many exciting games and plays, and I have the feeling it will only get better from here on out.

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WBC: Japan defeats Cuba with help from error

Japan defeats Cuba in a thriller in Tokyo.

The game was tied at 5 in the bottom of the 8th inning when a simple play turned more difficult than expected resulting in an error by first baseman Willian Saavedra as he could not come up with a throw from shortstop Alexander Ayala.

The error allowed Nobuhiro Matsuda to reach with 1 out. The next batter, Shogo Akiyama, wasted no time in singling to left putting runners at the corners with 1 out. After a sacrifice fly to right by Seiichi Uchikawa put Japan up 6-5, Tetsuto Yamada hit the first pitch he saw into the left field stands for his second home run of the game and an 8-5 Japan lead.

Yamada had a huge game for Japan. He drove in 3 runs, scored 4 more, and finished the game 3-for-4 with a double and 2 homers.

It was a back and forth game all night long. Cuba took an early 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning on a Yurisbel Gracial home run. However, the top of the Cuba lineup went a combined 0-for-12. It wasn’t until the lineup got to the cleanup hitter Alfredo Despaigne that they started to see production. Despaigne went 3-for-4 scoring twice. But 8 of the 10 total hits from Cuba came from just 3 hitters, Despaigne(3), Gracial (2), and Yosvani Alarcon (3-for-4)

Neither started pitched well. Both gave up 4 runs in 4 innings of work. The difference was the error made by Cuba that opened the door for Japan.

The loss does not eliminate Cuba from a possible semifinal birth, but they do remain the only team in Pool E without a win. Cuba will need a win against the Netherlands in a rather quick turnaround in order to hope for a Japan win over Israel and a 3-way tie at 1-2. Then they just have to hope to win the run differential and make it into the tiebreaker game.

Full Box Score

Round 2 Pool E Standings:

  1. Japan 2-0
  2. Netherlands 1-1
  3. Israel 1-1
  4. Cuba 0-2

Japan defeats Cuba

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WBC: Mexico Snubbed; Venezuela defeats Italy in Tiebreaker

After a controversial situation went down on early Monday morning leaving Mexico out of Round 2, Venezuela defeats Italy in the only tiebreaker game of Round 1.

I will not get into the whole scenario with Mexico and why they did not make Round 2, or at least have a chance in the tiebreaker game. Instead I will let friend of the site, and former contributor Gabriel Fidler explain it. Gabriel was on site for the game and explanation that came early Monday morning.

For more see his post – BREAKING: México Will Protest MLB Tiebreaker Decision You can also contact him on Twitter @extrainnings_bb

Back to Venezuela and Italy in the tiebreaker. It was a whale of a game. Italy came 3 outs away from advancing to Round 2, but Miguel Cabrera came up huge. Leading off the inning Cabrera homered off of Mike DeMark to tie the game at 2. Cabrera’s shot was a no-doubter just to the right of dead centerfield. But Venezuela wasn’t done. Victor Martinez was up next and walked on four pitches. Rougned Odor then hit a blast, which he thought was gone, to centerfield just off the top of the wall. Yangervis Solarte, who came into run for Martinez, scored from first. However, Odor’s slow trot admiring his homer single left him at only first base.

Carlos Gonzalez then singled to center moving Odor to third. Gonzalez was thrown out at 2nd trying to stretch it into a double. Then the final run for Venezuela would come on an Alcides Escobar squeeze bunt giving Venezuela a 2-run lead heading into the bottom of the 9th.

Like Italy did all tournament, it made a comeback. Alex Liddi led off the bottom of the 9th with a solo home run making it 4-3. Unfortunately for Italy that was all they could muster. Francisco Rodriguez would finish off Italy to pick up the save.

Notable Performers:

A.J. Morris pitched great in the start for Italy. He tossed 5.0 shutout innings giving up just 1 walk and no hits. He struck out 5.

John Andreoli had another huge game. He moved over to centerfield after Brandon Nimmo was hurt the day before. He hit his 3rd home run of the WBC going 2-for-5.

With the win Venezuela advances on to Round 2 with Puerto Rico out of Pool D. Advancing to San Diego, Venezuela will face off with the USA tomorrow at 9 PM EST.

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Venezuela defeats Italy

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Japan Defeats Netherlands in 11 at World Baseball Classic

Japan Wins Extra Inning Affair Against Netherlands

Every time Japan scored, the Netherlands answered except one as Japan defeats Netherlands in extra innings. Japan jumped into the lead in the top of the 2nd inning with a sacrifice fly from Shogo Akiyama. But in the bottom half of the inning the Dutch scored one of its own to tie the game on a solo home run from Jonathan Schoop.

Then in the top of the 3rd inning Japan would put up 4 runs. The big blow was a 3-run home run from Sho Nakata off of Dutch starter Rick van den Hurk who almost got out of the inning. Nakata’s homer just cleared the left field wall landing in the first row of seats. Akiyama continued the scoring with a RBI single, but the lead was short lived.

As they did the first time, the Netherlands quickly came right back with 4 runs of its own in the bottom of the 3rd. Simmons got the scoring going with a RBI single bringing home Randolph Oduber after he doubled. After a Jurickson Profar single and a Xander Bogearts sacrifice fly put the game at 5-3, Wladimir Balentien damaged a ball hitting a hard line drive off the left field foul pole for a 2-run homer to tie it at 5.

Profar was right back in the mix again in the bottom of the 5th. Simmons led off the inning by tomahawking a single to center. Profar followed with a line drive double, his 3rd of the WBC, down the right field line setting up the Dutch with runners at 2nd and 3rd. Kodai Senga got Bogaerts to go down looking for the first out, and then got Balentien swinging. Senga got out of the inning by getting Didi Gregorius out on a grounder to first.

The Netherlands threatened again in the bottom of the 8th loading the bases with 1 out. Gregorius and Schoop led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a strikeout of Curt Smith, who didn’t look comfortable bunting, Dashenko Ricardo walked to load the bases. Japan made the call to the pen to bring on Hirotoshi Masui with Oduber up. Masui simply overpowered Oduber for the 2nd out in the 8th, then faced Andrelton Simmons. On a 2-0 count, Simmons checks his swing but fouls off the ball inside that appeared to have hit him at first sight. Either way it was an important pitch because it made the count 2-1 and not 3-0. On the next pitch Masui got Simmons to ground out ending the threat.

The Dutch sent up its best hitters in the bottom of the 9th. Profar went down looking at a perfect pitch knee high on the outside corner. Bogaerts followed with a walk before Balentien lined a single in the right-centerfield gap putting runners at the corners with 1 out for Gregorius. With so much tension in the air, Gregorius ripped a 1-0 pitch just foul down the right field line that might have ended the game had it been fair. Gregorius wound up flying out to left but it was not deep enough to score Bogaerts from third. Jonathan Schoop delivered the game-tying hit with a single up the middle off the glove of a diving Ryosuke Kikuchi who made an amazing diving play earlier in the game. Curt Smith would go down swinging to end the inning but not before the Netherlands tied it up at 6.

Japan started the 10th inning with a Shogo Akiyama ground out. Then the fun began. Seiji Kobayashi singled and was followed by a Seiichi Uchikawa double setting up Samurai Japan with a pair of runners in scoring position with just 1 out. That is when the Dutch went to Tom Stuifbergen replacing Loek Van Mil on the mound.

Stuifbergen immediately issued an intentional walk to load the bases and set up the double play, which brought up Norichika Aoki who then grounded into a double play ending the inning and threat. The throw to Smith at first appeared to pull him off the bag, and with MLB replay the call might have been overturned.

In the 11th the tiebreaker rules came into play where the last two batters were placed at 1st and 2nd base to start the inning. Japan immediately sacrificed them over, and Sho Nakata came through again with a 2-run single.

Kazuhisa Makita shut the door on the Dutch in the bottom of the 11th ending the nearly 5 hour game in Tokyo.

Full Box Score

Pool E 2nd Round Standings:

  1. Japan 1-0
  2. Israel 1-0
  3. Netherlands 0-1
  4. Cuba 0-1

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Israel upsets Cuba at 2017 World Baseball Classic

Israel upset Cuba 4-1 at the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Saturday at the Tokyo Dome. Israel just continued to roll with good pitching and timely hitting, just how they did in Seoul going 3-0 in Pool A to make it to Round 2.

Cuba 1, Israel 4

Cuba jumped out on top in the 2nd inning on an Alfredo Despaigne home run, it was his second of the WBC. But that was all Cuba could muster against the Israel staff managing just 5 hits.

Jason Marquis pitched well for Israel getting the start. He went 5.2 innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits. His experience has really helped Israel in this WBC, and despite not having pitched in a few years his stuff has been good. The Israel bullpen gave up just 1 hit the last 3.1 innings.

Many on Twitter seem to have the take that this was the biggest upset in the history of the WBC. I disagree and feel this just takes away from some of their careers. The top 4 hitters in the Israel lineup have big league experience. Not to mention the starting pitcher was a big leaguer for more than a decade. Sure there is a good bit of young players in the low minors, but even that I feel is more than China had when it defeated Chinese Taipei. To me that is the biggest upset so far in the history of the tournament.

With the win, Israel sets itself up nicely for a possible run into the semifinals. It will take a win against the no. 1 world ranked Japan and/or a second win against the Netherlands. Either way, this pool is still wide open.

Notable Performers:

Ryan Lavarnway doubled, drove in a run, and played some great defense behind the plate.

Blake Gailen had a big RBI double and a successful squeeze bunt in the 8th to extend the lead to 3.

Out of the bullpen, Zack Thornton picked up the win pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Picking up the save was Josh Zeid who tossed 1.1 innings of ball coming into the 8th to stop a rally Cuba had going.

Full Box Score

Israel upsets Cuba

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WBC: Dominican Republic shocks USA with 7 run rally

There was no joy in Miami as the mighty Miller gave up a 3-run blast to Nelson Cruz and the Dominican Republic shocks USA. Well no joy unless you are rooting for the Dominican Republic, who so far look like the best team in the tournament with all due respect to Japan.

USA 5, Dominican Republic 7

Team USA gave up a 5 run lead after 5.5 innings of play. The USA jumped on the board with a pair of runs in the 3rd inning with the first run coming on an error by Dominican centerfielder Sterling Marte, with an assist from Nelson Cruz who almost collided with Marte on a fly ball from Adam Jones. Instead the ball fell scoring Ian Kinsler. Jones would score the 2nd run on a Christian Yelich sacrifice fly.

An inning later Brandon Crawford singled sharply to center to score Paul Goldschmidt. Then a few innings later Team USA would score two more as Giancarlo Stanton and Crawford both picked up RBI doubles. Then the offense sputtered.

Manny Machado got the scoring started for the Dominican in the 6th inning. He hit an absolute blast to left off of Tanner Roark. The home run was estimated at 435 feet with an exit velocity of 109.4 mph, which means it was absolutely crushed.

The big blow came in the bottom of the 8th. On an 0-2 pitch, Nelson Cruz crushed an Andrew Miller slider, that didn’t slide far enough, into the left field stands for a 3-run home run putting the Dominican on top 6-5. Two batters later Sterling Marte would take Miller deep with an opposite field shot finishing off Team USA 7-5.

Both Tanner Roark and Andrew Miller did not pitch up to snuff. USA manager Jim Leyland was a little hesitant to pull Roark which would come back to bite him as he gave up 3 runs in 1.1 innings pitched. Miller had a terrible night giving up 4 runs on 3 hits in just 0.2 innings.

On the flip side, the Dominican bullpen shutdown the USA bats for the final 3 innings not allowing a hit. Hansel Robles, Jesus Colome (W, 1-0), and Jeurys Familia (S, 1) finished the game off allowing just a single walk.

The win puts the Dominican in Round 2, and makes the USA/Canada match up a must win to advance for Team USA.

Full Box Score

WBC Pool C Standings:

  1. Dominican Republic 2-0
  2. Colombia 1-1
  3. USA 1-1
  4. Canada 0-2

Dominican Republic shocks USA

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WBC Pool C: Team USA with Walk-Off Win

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.

Full Box Score

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.

Both teams combined for only 11 total hits. Adam Jones and Ian Kinsler both had 2 hits for Team USA, but Jones would be the hero in the 10th inning with an RBI single to finish off Colombia.

Colombia played really well in the game. Jose Quintana pitched great going 5.2 innings. He gave up just 1 run on 1 hit, and he struck out 4. Guillermo Moscoso took the loss in relief.

Full Box Score

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.

Full Box Score

Pool C Standings:

  1. Dominican Republic 1-0
  2. USA 1-0
  3. Colombia 1-1
  4. Canada 0-2

Team USA Walk-Off Win

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WBC: Pool E Preview from Tokyo

As Round 1 finishes up in North America, Round 2 begins in Asia at the 2017 World Baseball Classic and we are here with a Pool E Preview from Tokyo.

Pool E consists of the top two finishers in Pools A and B from Seoul and Tokyo. In Pool A, Israel shocked everyone by going 3-0 and winning the pool. The Netherlands picked up the no. 2 seed out of Pool A after going 2-1. Both South Korea and Chinese Taipei did not advance.

Coming out of Pool B are two of the top favorites in the tournament, Japan and Cuba. Japan won the pool finishing with a perfect 3-0 record, and they look to be the top of the heap going into Round 2. Cuba finished 2-1 defeating Australia 4-3 to advance to the next round.

Round 2 will be another round robin. The two no. 1 seeds from Round 1 will have an easier schedule simply because they will not play on back-to-back days. The no. 2 seeds will have games on back-to-back days.

Israel will have to keep its hot hand going, and they have the talent to do just that. Do not count them out of advancing to the semifinals. Japan is the clear favorite in the pool. The rest should be interesting to watch. This pool is up for grabs and could make for some interesting baseball.

Schedule for Round 2 in Tokyo, Japan:

Game 1 Saturday March 11th 10PM EST
Cuba vs Israel

Game 2 Sunday March 12th 6AM EST
Japan vs Netherlands

Game 3 Monday March 13th 6AM EST
Netherlands and Israel

Game 4 Tuesday March 14th 6AM EST
Cuba vs Japan

Game 5 Tuesday March 14th 11PM EST
Netherlands vs Cuba

Game 6 Wednesday March 15th 6AM EST
Israel vs Japan

Game 7 Thursday March 16th 6AM EST
Tiebreaker if necessary

All games will take place at the Tokyo Dome. More information on Pool E.

Pool E Preview Tokyo

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Australia Misses Opportunity; Japan Improves to 2-0 at WBC

Australia misses opportunity; Japan improves to 2-0

Australia jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an Allan de San Miguel homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Even San Miguel wasn’t sure it was out of the park as he stopped at 2nd base looking around for what happened.

Tim Atherton pitched well for Australia. After a jam in the first inning, which looked like he was in trouble with runners at 2nd and 3rd and just one out, he pitched out of it. The biggest thing he did the rest of the way was work quickly and pitch to contact. He did not waste pitches and that allowed him to go deeper in the game with the pitch count at just 65.

Japan tied the game in the top of the 5th, but the big excitement came in the bottom half of the inning. Australia loaded the bases starting with a hit by pitch of Allan de San Miguel. After a strikeout of Trent Oeltjen, Brad Harman singled which prompted Japan to pull its starter Tomoyuki Sugano. Replacing Sugano was Toshiya Okada who quickly loaded the bases with four wide against David Kandilas.

Okada continued his wildness with 2 straight wide to James Beresford, who then bailed out Japan not being patient. Okada had not come close with 6 straight pitches. His first strike wasn’t taken by Beresford, instead it was hit weakly to second base where Japan turned a double play getting out of the inning with no damage done.

After the missed opportunity for Australia, Japan took its first lead of the game in the 7th. Sho Nakata hit a hanging breaking ball from new Aussie pitcher Matt Williams into the left field stands. Japan would add 2 more runs in the top of the 8th inning on a Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh 2-run homer down the right field line scoring Norichika Aoki who had walked.

The loss does not eliminate Australia, but now they must come back strong in their next game against China early on Thursday in Tokyo. Japan now sits in the driver’s seat in the Pool.

Full Box Score

Pool B Standings in Tokyo, Japan:

  1. Japan 2-0
  2. Cuba 1-1
  3. Australia 0-1
  4. China 0-1

Japan Improves 2-0

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Netherlands Walk Off with Win Against Chinese Taipei

Netherlands Walk Off with Win and Walk into Round 2

The Netherlands got the scoring started in the 2nd inning. Wladimir Balentien singled to start the inning. After a fly out from Jonathan Schoop, Didi Gregorius just missed a home run lining a double off the right field wall that put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Curt Smith grounded into a fielder’s choice but Dashenko Ricardo came through for the Dutch with a single to center scoring Smith from 3rd to give them a 1-0 lead.

However, Chinese Taipei came right back in the top of the 3rd inning to take the lead. The first run came on a wild pitch by Jair Jurrjens that tied the game. Chih-Sheng Lin then followed that up with a RBI single to put Chinese Taipei up 2-1.

In the back-and-forth game, the Netherlands went back on top 3-2 on a 2-run double by Didi Gregorius scoring both Balentien and Schoop, both who had singled. Ricardo followed that up with a RBI single to right to score Gregorius, and they continued to threaten. Randolph Oduber was then hit by a pitch putting runners at 1st and 2nd as the Dutch lineup came back around to the top of the order. However, Chinese Taipei was able to get out of the inning after getting Andrelton Simmons to ground into a double play.

And as the game went Chinese Taipei bounced right back with 3 runs of its own in the top of the 5th to go up 5-4. The Dutch would tie the game in the bottom of the 8th setting up the walk-off win in the 9th inning.

With the bases loaded, Jurickson Profar was the hero once again. He took a 3-2 pitch high and outside for the walk-off walk.

The win puts the Netherlands and Israel into Round 2 in Tokyo.

Notable Players:

Didi Gregorius finished the game with 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, and 3 doubles to lead the Dutch offense.

Wladimir Balentien went 4-for-4 in the game raising his average so far in the WBC to .714.

Mike Bolsenbroek pitched solid out of the pen for the Dutch. He tossed 3.0 shutout innings in relief.

On the Chinese Taipei side, Chih-Hao Chang went 3-for-5 including a 2-run home run.

Pool A Standings from Seoul, South Korea:

  1. Israel 2-0
  2. Netherlands 2-0
  3. South Korea 0-2
  4. Chinese Taipei 0-2

Israel and the Netherlands will play to see who gets the no. 1 seed from Pool A going into Round 2.

Netherlands Walk Off

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WBC: China falls to Cuba in Pool B

China falls to Cuba in Tokyo

China struggled at the plate collecting just a single hit against Cuba at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Bruce Chen pitched well for China, but only lasted 2.2 innings due to pitch count limits. And once Chen was out, the hitting really began for Cuba.

Xia Luo came on to relieve Chen and was greeted rudely by the Cuban bats. Luo would wind up giving up 4 runs in an inning of work. He gave up 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out none. That was all Cuba would need to cruise to its first victory of the WBC behind starter Bladimir Banos.

Banos picked up the win going 5.0 shutout innings. He gave up the only hit of the game by China and struck out 4. The Cuba pitching staff struck out 10 total over the game as they dominated the young hitters from China.

Notable Players:

Roel Santos finished 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. He doubled and tripled.

Shortstop Alexander Ayala drove in a run and went 3-for-4.

Yurisbel Gracial also went 3-for-4 in the game for Cuba en route to the win.

Livan Moinelo tossed an inning of relief striking out 3 for Cuba.

Up next for both China and Cuba will be Australia. China plays next on Thursday night, and Cuba comes back early on Friday.

Full Box Score

WBC Pool B Standings:

  1. Japan 1-0
  2. Cuba 1-1
  3. China 0-1
  4. Australia 0-0

China falls Cuba

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Team China Preview: 2017 World Baseball Classic

Team China Preview: 2017 World Baseball Classic

There has been no player of Chinese birth and ethnicity to make the Major Leagues. Only one player born in China has played at that level, and he was the son of missionaries in China. That would be Harry Kingman who played a few games in 1914 for the New York Yankees.

Ray Chang came close to making it to the big leagues. He put together a solid minor league and international career. This will be his third WBC with China after which he will call it a career. When he hangs up his spikes he will go onto what might be an even more important career for the game itself, running the Nanjing academy full time.

Trying to become the first player born in China to make it to the big leagues is Xu Guiyuan. He made his pro debut in 2016 for the Gulf Coast League Orioles, and he is one to watch for China in the WBC.

Giving China a veteran presence is Bruce Chen. The 17-year MLB veteran will get the nod in Game 1 for China against Cuba. With 82 big league wins Chen brings experience to the team that can only benefit the youngsters from China. And that is really what all of this is about for China.

China might surprise a few. They might steal a win like they have done in the past, but don’t look for them to get out of Round 1. It is about the future and all of the young players playing for them will not only get the experience of a lifetime, but they will be getting experience they can use moving forward in their baseball careers.

Team China Preview: 2017 World Baseball Classic

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Netherlands downs South Korea at WBC

The Netherlands downs South Korea at WBC

Jumping out to an early lead, the Netherlands downs South Korea in Pool A at the WBC. Andrelton Simmons led off the game with a single to left coming around to score on a 2-run shot from Jurickson Profar. With the quick lead, the Netherlands really took the air out of the stadium and dealt a huge blow to host South Korea.

Both Simmons and Profar finished the game with two hits apiece. Also with two hits were Dashenko Ricardo and Randolph Oduber. Oduber also hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning giving the Dutch its final 5-0 lead.

Rick van den Hurk picked up the win for the Netherlands. He tossed 4.0 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits and a pair of walks. The rest of the Dutch bullpen shut down the Korea bats the rest of the way including Diego Markwell, Shairon Martis, Tom Stuifbergen, and Loek van Mil.

The biggest problem so far for Korea, which looks like it will be out after Round 1, has been its offense. They managed just 6 hits against the Netherlands and 7 against Israel. They will now get a day off before coming back to finish out Round 1 against Chinese Taipei.

The Netherlands team has a lot of talent featuring some of the best young players in Major League Baseball and one of the most prolific sluggers from Japan. The lineup is loaded, and the pitching should be enough to carry them deep into the tournament. Then again that is what many thought about South Korea too and that has not been the case so far.

Up next for the Netherlands will be Chinese Taipei. A win would seal a Round 2 birth for both themselves and Israel.

Pool A Standings:

  1. Israel 2-0
  2. Netherlands 1-0
  3. Chinese Taipei 0-1
  4. South Korea 0-2

Full Box Score

Netherlands downs South Korea WBC

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Israel Routes Chinese Taipei at World Baseball Classic

Israel routes Chinese Taipei

Israel blasted Chinese Taipei in Game 2 of Pool A in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Team Israel jumped out to a 4-0 lead after half an inning. Sam Fuld led off the game with a single to right. Ty Kelly followed him up with a long double off the right field wall to put runners at 2nd and 3rd, and Ike Davis kept hitting. Lining a rocket to right, Davis drove in both Fuld and Kelly to get Israel on the board. Then for the 4th time in their short tournament, Israel loaded the bases. This time they got a big hit from Tyler Krieger who singled up the middle driving in 2 runs.

After Kuan-yu Chen came in to relive starter Chun-lin Kuo, things started to settle down for Chinese Taipei. That is until Ryan Larvanway came up with a runner on in the top of the 3rd inning. Lavarnway drilled a pitch to deep left-center for a 2-run home run putting Israel up 6-0.

Team Israel got a nice start from Corey Baker who went 4.2 innings allowing just 3 hits and striking out 3. R.C. Orlan came on to relieve him in the 5th inning.

Chinese Taipei got a break in the bottom of the 6th inning when reliever Orlan fielded a ground ball that was tailor made for a double play. The throw was a bit off line and the shortstop Krieger could not come up with it allowing the hitter to reach and putting runners at the corners. After a walk loading the bases, Orlan was pulled in favor of Tyler Herron.

And then just like that Chinese Taipei was back in the game. Chih-sheng Lin just missed a grand slam as he doubled off the wall in left to drive in 2 runs. Yi-chuan Lin followed with a sacrifice fly to cut the Israel lead to 6-3.

Ike Davis led off the top of the 7th inning with a stand up triple off the top of the wall in dead center field. He was quickly driven in by Nate Freiman who singled to left making it 7-3 Israel. Once again Israel would load the bases in the 7th and once again it was Tyler Krieger with a big hit. His RBI single made it 8-3 giving him 3 RBI in the game.

Then the flood gates opened on a squeeze bunt. Yes you read that right. Burcham laid down the bunt with the bases loaded but nobody covered first base and the throw from the pitcher went all the way down the right field line. On the play, three runs would score for Israel making it 11-3.

Both teams would add additional runs in the 9th inning. Freiman hit a 3-run homer for Israel, and Chinese Taipei would add 4 runs to make the final score 15-7.

Baker picked up the win for Israel, while Kuo took the loss.

Israel sits in a great spot to advance to Round 2. They play their final game of Round 1 on Thursday (Wednesday pm US time) against the Netherlands.

Full Box Score

Israel routes Chinese Taipei

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WBC: Japan vs Cuba Game 1 Pool B Preview

Pool B in the 2017 World Baseball Classic will get kicked off on Tuesday with Japan vs Cuba. Two of the favorites not only in Pool B, but to win the tournament, will face off with each other in a rematch of the 2006 World Baseball Classic Championship match.

Japan is looking to get back to the championship game, which it won the first two editions of the tournament in 2006 and 2009. Getting the nod on the hill for Game 1 will be Ayumu Ishikawa from the Chiba Lotte Marines. The right-handed hurler had a great year in 2016 for the Marines going 14-5 with an ERA of just 2.16 over 162.1 innings. He will not blow you away, striking out just 6.1/9 over his career, but has great stuff.

Getting the start for Cuba will be Noelvis Entenza. The big righty has pitched for  most of his career with the Elefantes de Cienfuegos of the Cuban National Series. In 2016, split with two teams, Entenza went 5-1 with an ERA of 3.20 over 70.1 innings. Like Ishikawa, Entenza will not blow you away striking out just 6.3/9 over his 13 year career in Cuba.

Players to Watch

Cuba

Alfredo Despaigne – Slugger and former teammate of Japan starter Ishikawa, Despaigne will lead Team Cuba against the no. 1 world ranked Japan. Playing with Chiba Lotte in 2016, he belted 24 home runs while hitting .280. He will play for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in 2017.

Roel Santos – The speedy outfielder had a couple of hits in a warm up game against the Orix Buffaloes. He could set the table for the big bats like Despaigne and use his speed to wreck havoc on the bases.

Japan

Tetsuto Yamada – He led off a recent warm up game against a Taiwanese All-Star team with a home run. The young middle infielder from the Yakult Swallows has had back-to-back huge seasons in the NPB with two straight 38 home run seasons.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo – The Yokohama Bay Stars slugger will be an imposing force in the middle of the Japan lineup. He hit 44 bombs last season for Yokohama while hitting .322. Look for him to have a big impact at the plate the entire WBC.

Japan vs Cuba

Japan vs Cuba

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WBC: South Korea vs Netherlands Game 3 Pool A Preview

Following their 2-1 loss to Israel, South Korea vs Netherlands will be Game 3 of Pool A of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. It will be the first game for the Dutch who now look to put Korea in a deep hole that they might not be able to get out of.

South Korea, ranked no. 3 in the world, will turn to right-handed Kyu-min Woo of the Samsung Lions to shut down the potent Dutch lineup. Woo pitched last year with the LG Twins of the KBO where he went 6-11 with a 4.91 ERA. And he will have a tough task against a solid lineup.

While the Netherlands will put a lot of experience on the mound, its strength will be in its lineup, especially its infield. However, going for the Netherlands against South Korea will be former KBO pitcher Rick van den Hurk. He pitched for the Samsung Lions for two seasons going a combined 20-13 including 13-4 in 2014. The past two seasons van den Hurk has been pitching in Japan where he has had continued success going a combined 16-3.

Players to Watch

South Korea

Hyun-wook Choi – He has been slumping in warm up games and thus did not get the start in Game 1. However, his big left-handed bat could come into play so look for him to get the start.

Dae-ho Lee – He can get hot and carry a team and right now his team needs someone to be that spark. He was robbed of extra bases by Sam Fuld in Game 1, look for him to get his bat going and give South Korea some thunder it is badly needing.

Netherlands

Didi Gregorius – There is so much talent in the infield for the Netherlands. However, Didi is one of the few left-handed hitters and this I feel will come into play against the sidewinding Woo.

Jurickson Profar – Again Profar will start the game from the left side of the plate. A switch-hitter, Profar has shown more power over the years from the left side of the plate.

Game time is 4:30 am ET and can be seen on MLB Network or MLB.TV (US only).

South Korea vs Netherlands

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Who will win the 2017 World Baseball Classic?

  • Puerto Rico (31%, 27 Votes)
  • Dominican Republic (13%, 11 Votes)
  • USA (13%, 11 Votes)
  • Mexico (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Cuba (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Venezuela (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Netherlands (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Japan (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Chinese Taipei (1%, 1 Votes)
  • South Korea (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Canada (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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