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Around The World: March 16, 2017 - Dominican win puts Venezuela on brink of elimination

The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the World to recap the Dominican Republic vs Venezuela matchup on Thursday as well as run down a current stats listing for all Indians players who have played in the tournament...

Dominican Republic 3, Venezuela 0

The score may lead you to believe this was a pitchers' duel, then you look at the hit total (16 hits total, eight per team).  This game was low scoring primarily because the pitchers were able to keep the runners they allowed on base from scoring.  Obviously, the Dominican pitchers did a better job of keeping runners from crossing the plate.  DR starter Edinson Volquez went 4.1 innings and allowed six baserunners (four hits, two walks) ,while striking out six batters.  The bullpen followed with 4.2 innings of shutout relief, allowing four hits while striking out eight.  With pitching that good, three runs were more than enough for a Dominican victory.  The Dominican Republic remains a legitimate contender for the WBC title with this win, while Venezuela's loss means they will need a lot to go their way, probably including winning a tiebreaker game, to get to Los Angeles for the final four.

Carlos Santana (Dominican Republic, 1B) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K - While this was not Santana's best effort of the World Classic, he still reached base twice, including once on an extra-base hit.  If this is a bad day for Santana against an All-Star team, it bodes well for what to expect from him this season with the Cleveland nine.

STANDINGS

Pool F

United States - 1-0
Puerto Rico - 1-0
Dominican Republic - 1-1
Venezuela - 0-2

STATISTICS

NOTE:  All numbers include only tournament games.  Stats including exhibition games will be posted at the end of the tournament.

Here are the numbers for Indians who have completed their WBC:

BATTERS

Giovanny Urshela (Colombia) - 3 games, 2-for-14, 1 RBI, 3 K, .143/.143/.143
Chris Colabello (Italy) - 4 games, 2-for-13, 2 R,1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 K, .154/.313/.462
Tyler Krieger (Israel) - 6 games, 3-for-18,1 R, 4 RBI, 4 K, .167/.400/.167

PITCHERS

Luis Lugo (Italy) - 1 game (start), 0-1, 11.57 ERA, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 earned), 3 BB, 3.43 WHIP
Shao-Ching Chiang (Chinese Taipei) - 1 game (relief), 0-0,2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1.15 WHIP
Ping-Hsueh Chen (Chinese Taipei) - DID NOT PLAY
Bruce Chen (China) - 1 game (start),0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1.50 WHIP

Here are the numbers so far for players still playing in the WBC:

BATTERS

Francisco Lindor (Puerto Rico) - 4 games, 6-for-14, 5 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .429/.500/.857
Roberto Perez (Puerto Rico) - 1 game, 0-2, 1 R, 1 K, .000/.500/.000
Carlos Santana (Dominican Republic) - 5 games, 7-for-22, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 K, .318/.348/.409

PITCHERS

Andrew Miller (United States) - 2 games (both relief), 0-1, 36.00 ERA, 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 HR, 2 K, 3.00 WHIP
Joe Colon (Puerto Rico) - 2 games (both relief), 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 0.86 WHIP

That's a wrap for Day 11 of the WBC.  Come back tomorrow for a recap of Day 12's only game between Team USA and Puerto Rico as both teams look to go to 2-0 and all but secure a spot in the semifinals in Los Angeles.


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