Today is the last full day of action in the World Baseball Classic. The final six days are all days with one game that is a must-win contest. The first of those must-win games takes place today with Australia vs Cuba. Here’s a recap of yesterday’s action, along with today’s schedule.
The Dominican Republic took on Israel, with the latter coming off of a perfect game thrown against them on Monday. Roansy Contreras got the start. He went 2.2 shutout innings on one hit, no walks and four strikeouts. He had a limited pitch count, which he reached in the third inning.
Luis Ortiz saw his first action of the WBC when he retired the side in order during the fifth inning. He got a line out and two strikeouts. He tossed a scoreless sixth as well on a grounder, fly ball and strikeout. The Dominican won 10-0, and the single allowed by Contreras was the only base runner for Israel since they scored three runs in the eighth inning on Sunday against Nicaragua.
Chavez Young went 1-for-4 with a double, run scored, his fifth stolen base and an outfield assist. Great Britain lost 2-1 to Mexico.
Venezuela defeated Nicaragua 4-1. Nicaragua played their final game. They failed to win a game in the tournament. Venezuela clinched a spot in the next round after the Dominican team won.
Canada beat Colombia 5-0, giving them a 2-1 record. Colombia is 1-2, with a game remaining against the U.S. tonight, which gives them a shot to still make the next round.
All times are Eastern
Australia vs Cuba 6 AM
Venezuela vs Israel 12 PM
Mexico vs Canada 3 PM
Dominican Republic vs Puerto Rico 7 PM
Team USA vs Colombia 10 PM
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