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
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
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
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
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.