Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Adrian Gonzalez Says He'll Never Play in World Baseball Classic Again

Adrian Gonzalez Says He'll Never Play in World Baseball Classic Again

Team Italy took on Venezuela on Monday night in a tiebreaker to decide which team would advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic. In a Pool F matchup taking place at Petco Park in San Diego, the USA (2-1 in the first round of pool play) will face Venezuela (2-2).

The Venezuelans lost to Mexico on Sunday night, leaving Italy, Venezuela and Mexico all at 1-2 after round-robin play was completed in Pool D. The host team was eliminated on a close tiebreaker - runs allowed per inning played.

"We qualified here basically because of an out that (Mexico) did not get (against Italy)", Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel said.

Mexico, of course, was knocked out of the tournament over a controversial tiebreaker rule. But then officials informed Venezuela of the correct calculation in the locker room.

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Dominican Republic infielder Carlos Santana (41) slides safe at home as Colombia catcher Jorge Alfaro (38) fields a ball in the eleventh inning during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park. The designated hitter hit a three-run home run in the fourth to make it 10-0.

But for as angry as Gonzalez is, his carping comes off like sour grapes in the wake of a tournament in which his team gave up 28 runs in three games and completely fell apart in the ninth against Italy, throwing away what looked like an easy win.

Gregorius drove in a run in the eighth with a flyout when the Netherlands added two runs. Jair Jurrjens picked up the win after striking out five and holding Israel to one run on five hits over six innings.

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