Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer and Rougned Odor had a long run-scoring single during a three-run ninth inning and Venezuela rallied to beat Italy, 4-3, on Monday night in Guadalajara to qualify for the second round of the World Baseball Classic. In a Pool F matchup taking place at Petco Park in San Diego, the US (2-1 in the first round of pool play) will face Venezuela (2-2).
Puerto Rico, which went 3-0 to win Venezuela's first-round pool, and the defending champion Dominican Republic are the other teams in Pool F. Two will advance to the single-elimination semifinals at Dodger Stadium next week. Venezuela will play Italy in a one-game tiebreaker Monday night, with the victor advancing to the second round.
Gregorius doubled in a run in the third inning when the Netherlands scored four runs to take a 6-0 lead.
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Mexico, of course, was knocked out of the tournament over a controversial tiebreaker rule.
Both the official Twitter accounts of the World Baseball Classic and Major League Baseball stated that Mexico would advance to Monday's tiebreaker with Italy. "It was a surprise but we are happy to get another chance".
"I'm really proud of my team", he added.
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Mexico believed it had allowed 19 runs over 18 innings played, which would edge out Venezuela's mark. "We have been punished badly but the team made it to the second round", Vizquel said.
As the camera tracks the ball, you see two fans start to go after it.
Gonzalez was the biggest MLB star on Mexico's WBC roster, and has played in every edition of baseball's global tournament.
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