What Happened: In a pair of games that didn’t have much meaning, Venezuela beat Team USA 5-3 as the Venezuelans jumped on Jeremy Guthrie for four runs in his two innings of work to win Pool C, while Puerto Rico topped the Netherlands 5-0 to claim the Pool D crown. Puerto Rico went undefeated in its four first-round games.
The Stars: The Blancos were the unexpected stars for the Venezuelans. Leadoff hitter Gregor Blanco doubled and tripled while Henry Blanco doubled and homered. Ryan Braun had three of the U.S.’ seven hits, but Chris Iannetta’s two-run home run in the eighth was the biggest blow for the U.S. Starter Jonathan Sanchez threw four scoreless innings in Puerto Rico’s shutout of the Dutch.
The Prospects: With the U.S., Venezuelans and Puerto Ricans fielding mainly teams of big leaguers, the prospect pickings were slim on Wednesday. Reds minor leaguer Alexander Smit threw a scoreless innings for the Netherlands.
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