Japan 8, Israel 3
Japan's five-run sixth inning proved to be the difference in their advancement-clinching victory over Israel. The win not only sends Samurai Japan to Los Angeles for the final four of the WBC, but also extends their perfect record to 6-0 in the tournament. The victory also sent the Netherlands to SoCal for the semifinals. While Israel doesn't qualify for the semis, they did prove that they belonged in the tournament. Japan and the Netherlands will now travel to Phoenix for exhibition games (see full schedule below) while they wait for Pool F to wrap up in San Diego.
Tyler Krieger (Israel, 2B) - 0-3, 2 K, 1 HBP - Krieger managed to get on base in his 2017 WBC finale via being hit by a pitch. His bat was ice cold, however, and he struck out twice, with the second being the game-ending AND WBC-ending out for Israel. Krieger ends the round without a hit and with a .273 OBP, compared to a .300 batting average and .800 OPS in the First Round. Hopefully his rough Second Round doesn't have a carryover effect on his play when he returns to Indians minor league camp.
United States 4, Venezuela 2
The United States were down 2-1 through seven and a half innings, but a solo shot off the bat of Adam Jones and a two-run homer from Eric Hosmer gave them a two-run lead. Astros closer Luke Gregerson came in and converted the save opportunity to secure the pool-opening win for Team USA and conclude a day of (mostly) solid pitching for the Americans. Venezuela will not have long to dwell on the latest ups and downs of the roller coaster that has been their WBC as they face the Dominican Republic tonight in a battle of teams looking to rebound from an 0-1 start to their Second Round.
Andrew Miller (United States, RP) - 0.1 IP, perfect - While this may not seem like a significant outing, it was very important in two ways: First, he got the USA out of a seventh inning that was quickly deteriorating with David Robertson on the mound (this is why I said "mostly" good pitching above in the recap). Second, this successful outing likely provided Miller with a huge psychological boost after his rough outing in the First Round against the Dominican Republic.
Pool E (final)
Japan - 3-0
Netherlands - 2-1
Israel - 1-2
Cuba - 0-3
United States - 1-0
Puerto Rico - 1-0
Dominican Republic - 0-1
Venezuela - 0-1
With the two teams from Pool E who will advance to the semifinals in Los Angeles having been decided, the exhibition matchups for those teams in Phoenix have also been set. On Saturday, Japan will play the Cubs in Mesa while the Netherlands play the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale. On Sunday, the Netherlands will depart Phoenix to head for Los Angeles for their semifinal game on Monday while Japan will play the Dodgers in Glendale before heading to LA for their semi on Tuesday. Both of Japan's games will be 4:05 PM EDT starts, while first pitch for Netherlands-Diamondbacks will be at 4:10 PM EDT. For those who subscribe to MLB.TV, the Netherlands game will be the only one with a TV broadcast. Audio will be available for Japan-Cubs while there will be no broadcast of the Japan-Dodgers game.
That's all for Day 10 of the WBC. Come back tomorrow for a recap of Day 11's lone game (Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela) as well as stats for all eleven Indians who have played in the World Classic so far.