This is the only game I have yet to watch on PVR. China trailed 2-0 and then scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th. So China will be back at the 2017 WBC. Too bad. There are many countries much more capable of putting up a fight against good teams.
CHINESE TAIPEI 2
SOUTH KOREA 3
The Koreans won the battle but lost the war. This result means that these two teams and Netherlands all won twice and lost once. The runs +/- eliminates Korea. Same thing happened to Canada in the 2006 WBC and a couple of recent world cups. I don't like that. Why not use the tie-breaker to advance one team and make the other two play for it? Taipei had a 2-0 lead before the Koreans rallied to win. Using past WBC performances this was an upset. But in reality these teams have been very close in the rankings for many years now. Korea is currently 4th and Taipei 5th in the IBAF rankings.
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Since the 2nd round for the Asian pools is almost confirmed, here is a more comprehensive schedule (all times Central):
Wed, Mar 6, 4:00 AM Japan v Cuba
Thu, Mar 7, 2:00 PM Italy v Mexico
Thu, Mar 7, 5:30 PM Venezuela v Dominican Republic
Thu, Mar 7, 9:00 PM Pool A Runner-Up v Chinese Taipei (1)
Fri, Mar 8, 4:00 AM Netherlands v Pool A Winner (2)
Fri, Mar 8, 1:30 PM Canada v Italy
Fri, Mar 8, 4:30 PM Spain v Puerto Rico
Fri, Mar 8, 8:00 PM Mexico v United States
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 AM Game 1 Loser @ Game 2 Loser (3)
Sat, Mar 9, 10:00 AM Dominican Republic v Spain
Sat, Mar 9, 1:30 PM Canada v Mexico
Sat, Mar 9, 4:30 PM Puerto Rico v Venezuela
Sat, Mar 9, 8:00 PM United States v Italy
Sun, Mar 10, 5:00 AM Game 1 Winner @ Game 2 Winner (4)
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 PM Spain v Venezuela
Sun, Mar 10, 3:00 PM United States v Canada
Sun, Mar 10, 6:30 PM Dominican Rep. v Puerto Rico
Mon, Mar 11, 5:00 AM Game 3 Winner @ Game 4 Loser (5)
Tue, Mar 12, 5:00 AM Game 5 Winner @ Game 4 Winner
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MILWAUKEE BREWERS 4
Hey, it's a win! Team Canada beat Team Beer. A 4-run outburst in the top of the 8th did it for TC. In offensive highlights, veteran Pete Orr went 3-for-4, Tyson Gillies went 2-for-3, and Michael Saunders hit a homer. Six different pitchers were used. TC will face the Cincinnati Commies on Wednesday.
Joey Votto is also confirmed. But reliever Jesse Crain had to back out due to a training camp injury. His replacement is lefty R.J. Swindle.