World Baseball Classic Recap: Team USA Plays Their First Game

Today is the busiest day of the World Baseball Classic, with eight games taking place throughout the day. The first two games have already ended and the results are shown below. The big game is Team USA opening up their tournament. I posted the full schedule of games below.

Australia defeated China 12-2, ten-run ruling them in seven innings. Panama beat Italy 2-0. Neither Pirates pitcher on Italy saw action. Japan beat the Czech Republic 10-2 early this morning (Eastern time).

The Netherlands and Chinese Taipei featured Pirates on both sides. Tsung-Che Cheng went 4-for-9 in the first two games of the WBC, with RBI singles in each game, as well as hitting a triple. He went 1-for-3 with another RBI single today, as well as a sacrifice bunt and a walk in his team’s victory. Josh Palacios went 0-for-3, leaving him 1-for-9 in the tournament. Antwone Kelly pitched for the first time and retired the side in order during his only inning.

Today’s Remaining Games

All times are Eastern time

Nicaragua vs Puerto Rico 12 PM 

Colombia vs Mexico 2:30 PM

Dominican Republic vs Venezuela 7 PM

USA vs Great Britain 9 PM

Czech Republic vs Korea 10 PM

Chinese Taipei vs Cuba 11 PM

Here’s a preview of the tournament, so you know which players/teams to follow. Here’s yesterday’s recap of WBC action.


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Bednar’s velo was 96-97 tonite. GB could not hit it. He looked midseason form.


Off topic, but did y’all see what Skenes did last night?

6 IP 12 SO’s 1 ER in a win vs Stamford.

He’s definitely playing his way into consideration for being the top Pitcher in the draft, and possibly the top overall selection.

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