Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

WBC Notes: Tournament Ends for Francisco Cervelli, As Team Italy Loses Tiebreaker

WBC Notes: Tournament Ends for Francisco Cervelli, As Team Italy Loses Tiebreaker

Infielder Daniel Descalso ripped an RBI single to score Italian teammate John Andreoli for a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but his Team Italy couldn't pull out a win-or-die tiebreaker game Monday, falling to Venezuela 4-3 in the first round of the World Baseball Classic.

Venezuela, which was granted a spot in this play-in game amid controversy, moves on to the second round of the tournament to play the United States at 9 p.m. Wednesday in San Diego.

"We were told before the game if we win by two, we play tomorrow (Monday)", Gonzalez wrote, criticizing the methodology that saw Venezuela advance to the playoff instead of Mexico. Going 1-2 in its first three matchups, with a run differential of -12, it took a late comeback win in a tiebreaker matchup against Italy for Venezuela to survive the first round of action.

The subtraction of the inning allowed for Venezuela to surpass Mexico. But then officials informed Venezuela of the correct calculation in the locker room.

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However news of the rule interpretation infuriated Mexican players and officials who claimed they had been given contrary advice before Sunday's game.

Esteban Quiroz and Brandon Laird each hit a three-run homer for Mexico. Italy finished 1-3 in the tournament.

Gregorius also drove in a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly when the Netherlands added two more runs. Although they defeated Venezuela 11-9 early Monday morning, Venezuela advanced because they allowed.01 less runs per defensive inning.

Carlos Gomez hit an opposite-field grand slam for the Rangers.

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