Puerto Rico wins 6th straight in WBC, routs Venezuela 13-2

The Dominican Republic got off to a fast start as the second Dominican batter in the bottom of the first inning, Manny Machado, reached on an error by shortstop Brandon Crawford and then scored on a Robinson Cano double. They finished 1-2 in the second round after going 3-0 in the opening round. It's fun for Orioles fans because every night we're getting to see some of our favorite players doing good things.

The network notes that Nielsen Media Research has reported that Saturday's World Baseball Classic first round game between Team USA and Team Dominican Republic on MLB Network drew 977,000 viewers, marking MLB Network's most-watched non-Postseason game telecast, +11% over its previous record for a WBC game (883,000 for Team U.S.A. vs Team Dominican Republic in the second round of the 2013 WBC).

But it would seem surprising if, given the initial diagnosis of back tightness and the precautionary exit, Cabrera didn't play in what looks like the final game for Venezuela this WBC. Puerto Rico beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Los Angeles Dodgers closer and Curacao native Kenley Jansen will join Netherlands for the championship round, called up from the designated pitcher pool to be active for the final two potential games. We already knew that undefeated Puerto Rico would face the Netherlands on Monday night.

While other countries have shown a lot of emotions during the World Baseball Classic, Team USA has been noted for being much more reserved.

Mar 15, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; United States infielder Ian Kinsler (3) is called safe at second base as Venezuela infielder Jose Altuve (27) throws to first base during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. And I knew I got this one better. We act like kids. He did not score any runs or RBIs, but he did make his presence known. But all accounts were that it sounded and felt like twice that many, such was the passion of the fans of these two rival countries. Chacin slapped his glove in celebration as he headed to the dugout.

Polanco snapped a scoreless tie by lining a home run to right-center off Venezuelan starter Jhoulys Chacin for the only run the Dominicans would need.

Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer and Angel Pagan added a double and two singles.

"For me, it's something really special", said Correa, 21, playing in his first.

"Unbelievable. And all they said afterwards was 'Well, that's what we decided'".

Tonight's pitching matchup in United States of America vs. Puerto Rico Live today sees the Toronto Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman going up against Seth Lugo of the New York Mets. While Urias kept the leadoff hitter off the bases, Puerto Rico exploded for four insurance runs right after the play and 9-4 win. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for the save, allowing two bloop singles that put runners on the corners before striking out Alcides Escobar to end it. They were able to pull off the win thanks to a shutout that began with Edinson Volquez and continued through a parade of relievers.

Miguel Cabrera was sidelined for the rest of the tournament after tweaking his back against the Dominican Republic. Machado backhanded the ball, spun and threw from deep in foul territory. Vizquel is also the Tigers first base coach.

"It's nothing new", Cruz said.

  • Julie Sanders