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WBC Notes: Tournament Ends for Francisco Cervelli, As Team Italy Loses Tiebreaker

Cervelli couldn't help Italy to the second round of the WBC. Photo Credit: David Hague
WBC Notes: Tournament Ends for Francisco Cervelli, As Team Italy Loses Tiebreaker
John Dreker

Team Italy took on Venezuela on Monday night in a tiebreaker to decide which team would advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Venezuela took home a 4-3 victory, ending the WBC run for Francisco Cervelli and Italy. Cervelli went 0-for-4 in this game, leaving him 4-for-16 in four games, with two doubles and a walk.

Tuesday’s schedule will see Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and the Dominican Republic take on Team Puerto Rico at 9:00 PM on MLB Network. Ivan Nova hasn’t been added to the Dominican team yet, but he is eligible now.

Team USA with Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison, will open up the second round against Venezuela. That game will take place Wednesday night at 9:00 PM, also on MLB network. These four teams make up one bracket, with two teams advancing to the final round. Both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico went 3-0 in the first round.

Jared Lakind and Israel lost 12-2 to Netherlands on Monday morning. Their next game will be at 6:00 AM on Wednesday morning. They’re playing in Tokyo, so it’s actually a 7:00 PM game there.

Besides Cervelli, Eric Wood also saw his WBC play end when Canada lost to Team USA on Sunday. Sam Street and Luis Escobar were available in the second round for Australia and Colombia respectively, but both teams were eliminated in the first round. That leaves five Pirates left still in the WBC, with Ivan Nova as a possible sixth player.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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