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World Baseball Classic 2017: Bracket, Friday’s schedule, and scores

Venezuela is on the brink and Team USA is back in action as Group F tightens up.

The action in the World Baseball Classic Pool F is reaching its crucial point. Last night defending champions Dominican Republic took down Venezuela by the score of 3-0. Venezuela is now 0-2 and needs a lot of help to get Carlos Gonzalez to the next round.

Old friend and current Padre Jhoulys Chacin pitched well for Venezuela through four innings but manager Omar Vizquel opted to leave him in for the fifth, despite Chacin supposedly being limited to 60-65 pitches. He ultimately gave up a leadoff home run to Pirates outfielder Gregory Polonco, and that turned out to be all the Dominican team needed to secure the victory. Robinson Cano added an RBI single in the seventh and Nelson Cruz homered in the eighth to complete the scoring.

The Dominican Republic is now 1-1 and awaits a rematch with the United States on Saturday in what could very well end up being an elimination game for both teams.

Tonight, the two teams at the top of Group F face off to see who will take a commanding lead in the group. Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays, who threw 423 shutout innings against the Dominican Republic last Saturday, returns to the mound for the United States, while Seth Lugo of the Mets will try to better his stellar performance (513 innings, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K) last Friday for Puerto Rico.

Pool F schedule for Friday, March 17

United States vs. Puerto Rico

Location: Petco Park, San Diego, California

Time: 8 pm MT

TV: MLB Network

Steaming: MLV.tv

Second Round

WBC Pool F Schedule and Results

Date Team v Team Time Venue
Date Team v Team Time Venue
March 14 Dominican Republic (1) vs Puerto Rico (3) Petco Park
March 15 Venezuela (2) vs United States (4) Petco Park
March 16 Venezuela (0) vs Dominican Republic (3) Petco Park
March 17 United States (5) vs Puerto Rico (6) Petco Park
March 18 Puerto Rico (13) vs Venezuela (2) Petco Park
March 18 United States (6) vs Dominican Republic (3) Petco Park
March 19 TBD TBD N/A Petco Park

Pool F Standings

Rank Team Wins Losses Runs Scored Runs Allowed
Rank Team Wins Losses Runs Scored Runs Allowed
1 Puerto Rico 3 0 22 8
2 United States 2 1 15 11
3 Dominican Republic 1 2 7 9
4 Venezuela 0 3 4 20

WBC Pool E Schedule and Results

Date Team v Team Time Venue
Date Team v Team Time Venue
March 11 Cuba (1) vs Israel (4) Tokyo Dome
March 12 Japan (8) vs Netherlands (6) Tokyo Dome
March 13 Netherlands (12) vs Israel (2) Tokyo Dome
March 14 Cuba (5) vs Japan (8) Tokyo Dome
March 14 Netherlands (14) vs Cuba (1) Tokyo Dome
March 15 Israel (3) vs Japan (8) Tokyo Dome

Pool E Standings

Rank Team Wins Losses Runs Scored Runs Allowed
Rank Team Wins Losses Runs Scored Runs Allowed
1 Japan 3 0 24 14
2 Netherlands 2 1 32 11
3 Israel 1 2 9 21
4 Cuba 0 3 7 26

Championship Round

WBC Championship Schedule

Date Team vs Team Time Venue
Date Team vs Team Time Venue
Semifinals
March 20 Netherlands (3) vs Puerto Rico (4) F/11 Dodger Stadium
March 21 United States (2) vs Japan (1) F Dodger Stadium
Finals
March 22 United States vs Puerto Rico 7:00 pm MT Dodger Stadium