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puerto rico tops netherlands in 11 innings, reaches world baseball conventional very last

puerto rico tops netherlands in 11 innings, reaches world baseball conventional very last

united states of america nowadays sports activities’ bob nightengale gives a preview of the semifinal game, which takes vicinity tuesday night time at dodger stadium. usa today sports

la – breaking down monday’s semifinal sport of the world baseball classic between puerto rico and the netherlands.

puerto rico 4, netherlands three, 11 innings

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the game: puerto rico, the maximum dominant crew in this tournament, had all it can take care of with the netherlands earlier than surviving, 4-three, in eleven innings, wanting the tiebreaker guidelines to tug it out on eddie rosario’s sacrifice fly.

it’s first-rate the netherlands could hang around so long with powerful puerto rico, throwing six pitchers at the pr, preserving the sport tied at three-apiece.

they shut down puerto rico after t.j. rivera’s homer in the second inning, using five relievers – together with los angeles dodgers closer kenley jansen – after rick van den hurk lasted simply innings.

puerto rico survived the pinnacle half of the worldwide tiebreaker while curt smith gorunded into an inning-finishing, bases-loaded double play.

the netherlands wasn’t so lucky within the backside of hte eleventh.

the inning, which mechanically begins with runners on first and 2d and no outs, commenced while yadier molina bunted the runners over. javier baez became deliberately walked. and rosario finally ended the marathon on a sacrifice fly.

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nation of the wbc: puerto rico, which reached the championship sport in 2013 only to lose to the dominican republic, are back again, looking ahead to the winner of the us-japan sport. puerto rico has received all seven games of the tournament, blitzing the field, outscoring the competition, 55-18.

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pivot point: puerto rico captain molina’s leadoff bunt within the 11th inning, advancing the runners to 2d and 0.33. the netherlands deliberately walked baez, setting the level for rosario’s heroics.

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man of the instant: molina

the netherlands’ first four batters reached base, with wladimir balentien culminating the outburst what should have been a grand slam.

as an alternative, it was best a two-run homer, way to the defensive wizardry of molina.

andrelton simmons opened the game with a single, and xander bogaerts changed into hit with the aid of a pitch. yet, when jurickson profar tried to lay down a bunt and overlooked, molina popped up and threw to second base, nailing simmons.

profar observed with a unmarried to right, and proper fielder eddie rosario got here up with a perfect strike to the plate to hold bogaerts from scoring. but, whilst profar become celebrating his hit, wildly clapping his palms. molina, understanding profar wasn’t paying attention, fired to first. first baseman t.j. rivera slapped the tag, and profar was the second out.

baltentein followed with a domestic run, his wbc-leading fourth, however the scoreboard examine: netherlands 2, molina assists 2.

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manager’s unique: nobody were given more out of his team’s expertise this tournament than netherlands supervisor hensley meulens. they didn’t have the pitching, and a weak bottom of the order, however but gave puerto rico suits, just as they did all tournament.

meulens, the san francisco giants hitting train, commands high-quality recognize the instant he walks into the room, and his players performed with ardour the whole match.

clearly, after what he executed this match, he left little question he deserves robust consideration for a first-rate-league managerial establishing.

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what you neglected on tv: puerto rico application player kike hernandez, who’s combating for a job to make the dodgers’ establishing-day roster, opted as an alternative to play for his united states of america, even understanding it could hurt his big-league probabilities.

he didn’t play till coming into the sport as a pinch-runner monday night time, however as a substitute watched the game from the dugout, his body wrapped with the puerto rico flag.

“i have played in playoffs with the dodgers, and that i went for spring education with the opportunity that perhaps i’d [not] make it for the most important leagues because i’m right here,’’ hernandez said. “but i do not remorse it in any respect. because i have played two playoffs with the dodgers, and the revel in with this traditional does not compare with something that i have played inside the past.

“to be on this traditional, there is no comparison with the enjoy of being within the important leagues. this has been at a one-of-a-kind degree. it’s an incomparable revel in to share this experience. up to now we are the finest talents that we have in puerto rico, and it is a first rate honor to be within the same sport with them.’’

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world baseball traditional 2017: take notice, mlb, after unpleasant greater-inning rule mars semifinal

world baseball traditional 2017: take notice, mlb, after unpleasant greater-inning rule mars semifinal

well, joe torre, you just got an up-close take a look at how extra innings in the predominant leagues might paintings if your imaginative and prescient becomes truth. it wasn’t appealing.

the netherlands and puerto rico had been deadlocked after 10 in a taut global baseball classic semifinal monday night time at dodger stadium. then got here the 11th, and with it wbc regulations: runners on first and 2nd to steer off every half of-inning. this turned into the second one time the dutch had played beneath these rules in the match; they lost to japan the primary time.
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the netherlands’ 11th went: sacrifice bunt by means of stijn van der meer to transport the runners to 2nd and 1/3; intentional stroll to yurendell de caster to load the bases (all 4 pitches have been thrown because the wbc would not yet have the ridiculous automatic ibb rule); first-pitch, inning-finishing double play grounder with the aid of curt smith.

the puerto rico 11th went: sacrifice bunt via yadier molina to move the runners up; intentional stroll to javier baez to load the bases; sacrifice fly with the aid of eddie rosario, using in carlos correa, for the four-3 win.

formulaic. inorganic. unpleasant.

crew puerto rico celebrated as it changed into an vital victory for the island commonwealth. it’ll now face the winner of tuesday’s other semifinal among the u.s. and japan. however the complete ending felt cheap, forced and rushed after three half of hours of spotlight-reel plays and intensity that almost caused a brawl.

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unexpectedly, the drama was now not progressively constructing. no longer turned into it a real take a look at of wills. the groups needed to wrap up this issue — never mind that of the 27 nine-inning games in this event, most effective 3 have been played in under three hours, which is to mention, pace-of-play dictates have been in large part not noted.

essential league baseball is in the latter ranges of spring training, and if this have been a sport between, say, the rangers and dodgers in arizona, it’d have been called a tie after 10 in order not to tax the pitchers. but that is a rattling international tournament; play it that manner. play it the way mlb is making an attempt to sell this occasion, as something crucial. do not fundamentally change the guidelines all through the maximum crucial a part of the sport, university soccer/nhl-everyday-season style (cue the “so now it is going to a shootout” jokes).

torre, who has been in baseball for almost 60 years and is now an mlb vice president, desires to see how a comparable rule works this yr at the bottom stages of prepared ball. on monday, he saw how it’d pass at the best stages. he won’t shy away in horror, however he must have seen that this type of exchange may not be an effective makeover of loose baseball.