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World Baseball Classic 2017: Saturday's schedule, results, standings, and open thread

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It's going to be a full day of baseball at Petco Park, culminating in a winner-takes-all matchup between the U.S. and Dominican Republic.

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The Friday night World Baseball Classic matchup between the United States and Puerto Rico did not disappoint. An early lead by Puerto Rico could have made for an uneventful rest of the night, but an attempted comeback by Team USA made things exciting to the very end. Unfortunately they couldn't climb all the way out of the hole they dug themselves into, and Puerto Rico secured their spot in next week's Championship round with a 6-5 victory.

Today, second-round play concludes with a double-header at Petco Park. First up, at 12:30pm PT, will be Puerto Rico against Venezuela - the first team from Group F to clinch a place in the finals versus the first team to be eliminated in this round. While the stakes aren't exactly high for anyone in this first matchup, it should still be an exciting game to watch as Puerto Rico attempts to go undefeated and Venezuela looks to leave with at least one win in their pocket.

But the real headliner for this final day of second-round play will be the United States taking on the Dominican Republic tonight at 7:00 pm PT. The winner of this game will join Puerto Rico, Japan, and the Netherlands in the Championship round while the loser heads home along with Venezuela.

The last time these two teams met was a week ago in a thrilling game, and in front of a record crowwd, at Marlins Park in Miami. That ended in a 7-5 victory for the Dominican team. Tonight the U.S. will seek redemption (not to mention the coveted last spot in the finals in L.A.) in front of what's expected to be a sellout crowd in San Diego.

Pool F schedule for Saturday, March 18th

Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela

Location: San Diego

Time: 12:30 pm PT

TV: MLB Network

Streaming: MLB.TV

United States vs. Dominican Republic

Location: San Diego

Time: 7:00 pm PT

TV: MLB Network

Streaming: MLB.TV

Full World Baseball Classic Schedule and Results - Second Round

WBC Pool E (Tokyo, Japan)

March 11
Israel 4, Cuba 1

March 12
Japan 8, Netherlands 6

March 13
Netherlands 12, Israel 2

March 14
Japan 8, Cuba 5

March 14
Netherlands 14, Cuba 1

March 15
Japan 8, Israel 3

WBC Pool F (San Diego, CA)

March 14
Puerto Rico 3, Dominican Republic 1

March 15, 6:00 pm PT
United States 4, Venezuela 2

March 16, 7:00 pm PT
Dominican Republic 3, Venezuela 0

March 17, 7:00 pm PT
Puerto Rico 6, United States 5

March 18, 12:30 pm PT
Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela

March 18, 7:00 pm PT
United States vs. Dominican Republic

March 19, 3:00 pm PT
TBD vs. TBD

Standings

Pool E

  1. Japan: 3 wins, 0 losses
  2. Netherlands: 2 wins, 1 loss
  3. Israel: 1 win, 2 losses
  4. Cuba: 0 wins, 3 losses

Pool F

  1. Puerto Rico: 2 wins, 0 losses
  2. United States: 1 win, 1 loss
  3. Dominican Republic: 1 win, 1 loss
  4. Venezuela: 0 wins, 2 losses