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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

World Baseball Classic Semis: The Netherlands lose to Puerto Rico in extra

The Netherlands run in 2017 the World Baseball Classic ended up on Monday night in Los Angeles.

The Dutch lost 4-3 to Puerto Rico in 11 innings, an inning played with the tie-break rule.

The game started fast. A 2-run HR from Balentien opened the scoring for Team Kingdom of The Netherlands but Puerto Rico answered right back, tying the game in the bottom of the first with a 2R HR off starting pitcher Rick van den Hurk then hitting another one in the 2nd to take a 2-3 lead. A double from Zarraga in the fifth tied the game for the Dutch who could have taken the lead if that was not for a great play from Puerto Rico at home plate to tag Shoop out. Nothing would be scored until the 11th where Puerto Rico would eventually make the most of the tie-break rule, walking-off on a sacrifice fly.

A 2013 WBC finalist, Puerto Rico will again have a chance a the title on Wednesday nigth against the winner of Tuesday night semi-final between Japan and The United States of America.

Live streaming is available in Europe on Perform/DAZN for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Fox Sports for Italy, San Marino, The Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Malta and Israel and on BT Sport in UK & Ireland.

The Netherlands' schedule All dates are CET

  • First round:
  • - W 5-0 vs South Korea on Tuesday March 7th (boxscore)
  • - W 6-5 vs Chinese Taipei on Wednesday March 8th (boxscore)
  • - L 4-2 vs Israel on Thursday March 9th (boxscore)
  • Second round:
  • - L 8-6 vs Japan on Sunday March the 9th (boxscore)
  • - W 12-2 vs Israel on Monday March the 13th (boxscore)
  • - W 14-1 vs Cuba on Wednesday March the 15th (boxscore)
  • Championship round:
  • - L 4-3 vs Puerto Rico on Tuesday March 20th (boxscore)

Israel's schedule
  • First round:
  • - W 2-1 vs South Korea on Monday March 6th (boxscore)
  • - W 15-7 vs Chinese Taipei on Tuesday March 7th (boxscore)
  • - W 4-2 vs The Netherlands on Thursday March 9th (boxscore)
  • Second round:
  • - W 4-1 vs Cuba on Sunday March the 12th (boxscore)
  • - L 12-2 vs The Netherlands on Monday March the 13th (boxscore)
  • - L 8-3 vs Japan on Wednesday March the 15th (boxscore)

Italy's schedule

  • First round:
  • - W 9-8 vs Mexico on Friday March 10th (boxscore)
  • - L 11-10 vs Venezuela Saturday March (boxcore)
  • - L 9-3 vs Puerto Rico on Sunday March 12th (boxscore)
  • - L tie-break 4-3 vs Venezuela on Monday March 13th (boxscore)


  • Pool A (first round):
  • - Israel 3-0
  • - The Netherlands 2-1
  • - South Korea 1-2
  • - Chinese Taipei 0-3

  • Pool D (first round):
  • - Puerto Rico 3-0
  • - Venezuela 2-2
  • - Italy 1-3
  • - Mexico 1-2

  • Pool E (second round):
  • - Japan 3-0
  • - The Netherlands 2-1
  • - Israel 1-2
  • - Cuba 0-3

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