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WBC Roundup 3/11: The Dominican shocks Team U.S.A. with comeback victory

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In a busy and exciting day of WBC action, the highlight was Team Dominican’s comeback win.

World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Game 1 - Canada v Dominican Republic Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Colombia 4, Canada 1

Colombia

Dayan Diaz (S): 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Jhonathan Solano: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Donovan Solano: 2-5, 2 RBI

Adrian Sanchez: 2-4, 1 2B

Julio Teheran (W): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Canada

Eric Gagne: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Freddie Freeman: 2-4, 1 RBI

Ryan Kellogg (L): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

After nearly pulling off the massive upset over the U.S. team on Friday night, Colombia came back and took care of business against Canada for their first ever WBC victory. This was a team that was supposed to be carried by their pitching, and so far Julio Teheran and Jose Quintana (who have both tentatively been attached to Boston in trade speculation in the recent past) have looked the part. On the other side of things, Eric Gagne threw 2 13 shutout innings. In 2017. I don’t care what about the quality of the opposing lineup. That is an amazing fact.

Venezuela 11, Italy 10 (F/10)

Venezuela

Victor Martinez: 1-3, 1 K

Salvador Perez: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Jose Altuve: 2-6, 3 R

Martin Prado: 5-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB

Carlos Gonzalez: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Alcides Escobar: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E

Francisco Rodriguez (BS) (W): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Italy

Tommy Layne: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Francisco Cervelli: 3-6, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI

Daniel Descalso: 2-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Alex Liddi: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K

Brandon Nimmo: 1-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Trey Nielsen (L): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB

Italy is not generally thought of as a baseball powerhouse, but they have put on a hell of a show in this tournament so far. After upsetting Mexico in their first contest, they came extremely close to pulling a massive upset over Venezuela. This one went back and forth all day. Italy jumped out to a 5-0 lead early, only to see Venezuela score eight unanswered runs. Italy would tie it back up, only for Salvador Perez to give Venezuela the lead with a two-run go-ahead homer in the ninth. Of course, Italy came right back in the bottom half of the inning to force extras. They fell short, but this team is really fun and has an outside chance of advancing to the next round if Mexico can defeat Venezuela and they can defeat Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, this game also featured an injury with Salvador Perez hurting his knee on a collision at the plate. Luckily, initial tests didn’t show a serious injury.

Dominican Republic 7, U.S.A 5

Dominican Republic

Fernando Abad: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Adrian Beltre: 0-4, 2 K

Starling Marte: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E

Manny Machado: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI

Nelson Cruz: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 HBP

Alex Colome (W): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

U.S.A.

Andrew Miller (BS, L): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Christian Yelich: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Brandon Crawford: 2-4, 2 RBI

Giancarlo Stanton: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

This was the marquee matchup of the first round of the WBC, with Marlins Park selling out and everything. It sure as hell lived up the hype and had a legitimate playoff feel for most of the game. Team U.S.A. jumped out to a 5-0 lead and looked like it was in control until Tanner Roark came in and started to unravel. The team still had a 5-3 lead by the time he was done, but Andrew Miller became undone against this loaded Dominican lineup. Nelson Cruz put the D.R. ahead with a three-run homer in the eighth, and Starling Marte added one more just for good measure. The U.S. now has a key game coming up on Sunday against Canada.

Puerto Rico 9, Mexico 4

Puerto Rico

Francisco Lindor: 3-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI

Javy Baez: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K

Carlos Beltran: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Angel Pagan: 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Jorge Lopez (W): 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Mexico

Adrian Gonzalez: 0-4, 1 K

Brandon Laird: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Luis Juarez: 2-4, 1 K

Miguel Gonzalez (L): 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K

This Puerto Rican team is scary for the rest of the world. Built around two young shortstops in Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa, they have talent up and down their roster and have a legitimate chance at taking this whole tournament. This particular matchup was closer than the score would suggest, as Puerto Rico tacked on four insurance runs in the ninth, but it moves them to 2-0 and into the second round.

Israel 4, Cuba 1

Israel

Cody Decker: 0-2, 1 K

Nate Freiman: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Ryan Lavarnway: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Blake Gailen: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Jason Marquis: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Zack Thornton (W): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Cuba

Alfredo Despaigne: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Yoennis Yera (L): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

The story over the course of the first week of this WBC has been Israel, who just hasn’t been able to lose. They started their second-round action against a scary Cuba team on Saturday, and their success shockingly continued. Jason Marquis put together yet another solid performance and they got just enough offense to cap off the victory. One more win in this second round of pool play and they’ll be the talk of the semi-finals.