What Happened: The Netherlands gave Venezuela a scare, but the Dutch team’s lack of offense was their undoing in a 3-1 loss. The Netherlands has now scored seven runs in five games. In the nightcap, Puerto Rico shocked the U.S. by jumping on Jake Peavy for six runs in a 11-1 win. The game was called after seven innings because of the WBC mercy rule.
The Stars: If Ivan Rodgriguez is trying to convince a major league team that he could help them, he’s making a pretty convincing case. Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, while Carlos Beltran was 3-for-3 with a home run. Felipe Lopez also homered for Puerto Rico. For the U.S., Adam Dunn (2-for-3, double) and Brian McCann (2-for-3, double) had four of the team’s six hits. Miguel Cabrera homered for Venezuela, which was held to three hits by the Dutch pitching staff. Sidney Ponson (5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) and relievers Rob Cordemans (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and Alexander Smit (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R) did their job for the Netherlands.
The Prospects: Mariners prospect Greg Halman is having a brutal World Baseball Classic. Halman went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts on Saturday, which lowered his WBC stats to 1-for-11 with nine strikeouts.
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