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phelps

Men's Baseball WBSC World Baseball Classic 2017

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phelps    520

wow! it's been tough, but I'm still alive...

 

what a night of baseball...it's just March, but emotions flew like it's October...

 

first, another unbelievable slugfest between Italy and Venezuela (unfortunately, this time with the winners coming from the wrong side...:rofl:), then a wonderful game between the USA and the Dominican Republic, with the Caribbeans coming back from a 5-0 deficit and upsetting the (supposed) home heroes in front of the biggest crowd ever registered at Marlins Park in Miami (not a single MLB game has ever had so many spectators in that stadium...another unbelievable stat of this WBC)...

and lately, just to go on with this crazy tornament, Israel defeated also the mighty Cubans...thus being just one win away from the miracle of reaching the final round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic...

 

just...wow!

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dcro    2,675

Italy quite bad against Puerto Rico. Conceived points in all of first 5 innings.

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mrv86    385
4 hours ago, dcro said:

Italy quite bad against Puerto Rico. Conceived points in all of first 5 innings.

Team Italy played really bad today...

 

They now must be crossing their fingers so Mexico beats Venezuela and await for the "un-tie" criteria to favor them.

 

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phelps    520
7 hours ago, mrv86 said:

Team Italy played really bad today...

 

They now must be crossing their fingers so Mexico beats Venezuela and await for the "un-tie" criteria to favor them.

 

 

yes, Italy yesterday were totally empty, despite another good start...

 

however, thanks to our Mexican friends, now we have another shot at advancing the next round...

unfortunately for you, now it's also a mess about who's gonna play tonight against Italy in the playoff match, since MLB has announced that Venezuela will play, but Mexico is contesting the ruling of only 8 defensive innings counted for them in the game against Italy (but I don't think they have margin for success in their protests...MLB rules - which are used for this event, except for the special exemptions for pitchers - are quite clear...to be counted as a defensive inning, at least 1 out must be recorded...and that didn't happened in the 9th Mexican defensive inning on Thursday against Italy)...

 

by the way, with this pitching staff, I'm not sure I want to see Italy playing against the Dominicans, the US boys and another time against Puerto Rico...

maybe it's gonna be better if we lose "in style" tonight's playoff match, rather than risking 3 blowouts in San Diego...

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mrv86    385
19 hours ago, phelps said:

 

yes, Italy yesterday were totally empty, despite another good start...

 

however, thanks to our Mexican friends, now we have another shot at advancing the next round...

unfortunately for you, now it's also a mess about who's gonna play tonight against Italy in the playoff match, since MLB has announced that Venezuela will play, but Mexico is contesting the ruling of only 8 defensive innings counted for them in the game against Italy (but I don't think they have margin for success in their protests...MLB rules - which are used for this event, except for the special exemptions for pitchers - are quite clear...to be counted as a defensive inning, at least 1 out must be recorded...and that didn't happened in the 9th Mexican defensive inning on Thursday against Italy)...

 

by the way, with this pitching staff, I'm not sure I want to see Italy playing against the Dominicans, the US boys and another time against Puerto Rico...

maybe it's gonna be better if we lose "in style" tonight's playoff match, rather than risking 3 blowouts in San Diego...

 

At least you gave a good game today, even if Venezuela outscored in the end :(

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phelps    520

and finally, we know the 4 teams qualified for the semifinals...

 

after Japan and the Netherlands in Tokyo, last night in San Diego Puerto Rico and the hosts from the USA got their tickets for the final round in Los Angeles...

 

quite surprisingly, in fact, the Dominican Republic lost their 2nd game in 4 days in Southern California against the USA and were eliminated, losing the chance to repeat themselves after their triumph in 2013...

 

the semifinals are so set: PUR vs NED (Monday night) and JPN vs USA (Tuesday night)...

 

and the winning teams will meet on Wednesday night in the "big final"...

 

hoping to see 3 great games (and maybe the USA losing once again)...:lol:

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dcro    2,675

Sadly, all games will be in the middle of the night during weekdays... :wall:

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phelps    520

here in Italy that's not a big problem, since our TV will show the games live (with the chance to record them) and also a few replays at a favourable time...:d

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mrv86    385

The Netherlands team is really putting all out against Team PR... bottom of the ninth, and they're still tied.

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