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WBC 2017 Roundup 3/18: U.S.A. advances to the semifinals

With their win over the D.R., Team U.S.A. moves on to Los Angeles.

World Baseball Classic - Pool F - Game 6 - United States v Dominican Republic Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Note: Apologies for the late post. I am currently in sunny Arizona (sorry, East Coasters) and forgot about time zones.

Puerto Rico 12, Venezuela 2

Puerto Rico

Mike Aviles: 4-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB

Angel Pagan: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI

Kennys Vargas: 2-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

Jose De Leon (W): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Venezuela

Rougned Odor: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

Ender Inciarte: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K

Martin Perez (L): 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Puerto Rico continued their dominant tournament with a win over Venezuela. The Venezuelan team was arguably the most disappointing squad in this WBC, as they were among the favorites and only barely made the second round then lost every game there. As for Puerto Rico, they are an extremely exciting team and will be taking on the Netherlands in their first semifinal game. Those two infields going up against each other will be incredibly fun to watch.

United States 6, Dominican Republic 3

United States

Giancarlo Stanton: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Crawford: 2-4, 1 R, 1 E

Christian Yelich: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB

Andrew McCutchen: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K

Danny Duffy (W): 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Dominican Republic

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

Adrian Beltre: 0-4

Robinson Cano: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI

Gregory Polanco: 3-4, 1 2B

Ervin Santana (L): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Here was the rematch everyone was waiting for as the U.S. tried to avenge their heartbreaking loss against the D.R. the first time they faced off. To make it even more interesting, this game decided who would join Puerto Rico, the Netherlands and Japan in the semifinals. The U.S. was able to pull it out despite falling to a quick 2-0 deficit. Once Giancarlo Stanton hit a mammoth, game-tying two-run home run they never looked back. It’s a shame one of these teams had to go home, but the D.R.’s loss does mean that Fernando Abad will be back in camp within the next couple days to fight for his roster spot.