World Baseball Classic Recap: Team USA Wins Opener

Yesterday was the busy day of the tournament with eight scheduled games, with a large group of teams playing their first game. Today is the second busiest day on the schedule, with seven games all day. Recap of yesterday below, followed by today’s schedule.

Duane Underwood Jr helped Puerto Rico to a 9-1 win over Nicaragua by throwing a scoreless inning, with no hits or walks, and one strikeout.

Team USA took on Great Britain. David Bednar closed out the 6-2 win for USA with a scoreless ninth. He allowed a hit, but struck out three batters. Chavez Young started for Great Britain. He went 1-for-4 with a single.

Tsung-Che Cheng went 0-for-3 with a walk, leaving him 5-for-15 in four games. Chinese Taipei lost 7-1 to Cuba.

Colombia beat Mexico 5-4. Venezuela won 5-1 over the Dominican Republic. Korea won 7-3 over Czech Republic.

Today’s Schedule

All times are Eastern

Japan vs Australia 6 AM

Netherlands vs Italy 7 AM

Nicaragua vs Israel 12 PM

Great Britain vs Canada 3 PM

Venezuela vs Puerto Rico 7 PM

USA vs Mexico 10 PM

Australia vs Czech Republic 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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Unfortunately stuck watching Japan blowing out Australia but I can play on my phone, such is life👍… saw Robbie Glendinning (sp?) get a hit🤷‍♂️

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