World Baseball Classic Recap: Duane Underwood Jr. Contributes to Puerto Rico’s Perfect Game

Here’s a look at Monday’s action in the World Baseball Classic, as well as a look ahead to today’s schedule. There are only 15 more games left in the tournament, including today.

Great Britain pulled off the upset on Colombia with a 7-5 victory. Chavez Young went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and his fourth stolen base. He stole three bases in Sunday’s game. He is 3-for-9 with three walks in three games.

Duane Underwood Jr pitched the eighth inning for Puerto Rico in their win over Israel. He got two ground outs and a pop out on ten pitches to retire the side in order. He got former Pirates Alex Dickerson and Ryan Lavarnway for the second and third outs. Those outs ended up being big because Puerto Rico finished off the game in the bottom of the eighth with a 10-0 victory (ten-run rule), so Underwood Jr actually finished off a perfect game.

USA won 12-1 over Canada.

Korea beat China 22-2 in five innings. Both teams were already eliminated before this game started. It was the final game for both teams.

The Dominican Republic defeated Nicaragua by a 6-1 score.

Today’s Schedule

All times are Eastern

Nicaragua vs Venezuela 12 PM

Canada vs Colombia 3 PM

Israel vs Dominican Republic 7 PM

Great Britain vs Mexico 10 PM

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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Underwood can only pitch one inning. More than that gets him in trouble. Our manager doesn’t have a clue how to manage the bullpen.


DUJ has been a solid contributor for the Pirates out of the BP since coming over from the Cubs. In 2021 and 2022 combined he has pitched 130 innings, contributed 1.1 fWAR (about $9 mil) in Value, and was paid around $1.5 mil in salary. Nice to have a 6-1 return on investment

Just one of the many Pirate pitchers in ST with solid BB/K numbers:
BRU – 2 Walks/15 K
Keller – 1 Walk/13 K
Crowe – 1 Walk/7 K
DUJ – 0 Walks/5 K
Hernandez – 1 Walk/7 K
Bolton – 0 Walks/5 K
Holderman – 0 Walks/5 K
Moreta – 1 Walk/5 K

Good Coaching!


Good way to think about him, MJ!

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