Team USA Takes Down Team Dominican Republic

Doug Mendoza
March 21, 2017

The 2017 World Baseball Classic is nearing its end, with the championship game scheduled to take place Wednesday night at Dodgers Stadium. But tonight's game should be free of rain, or at least free of any rain that would cause the game to be postponed.

The team from Netherlands will be hoping they can hand Puerto Rico their first loss of the tournament.

Dutch hurler Rick van den Hurk will attempt to pitch the Netherlands into the WBC Final when he faces a potent Puerto Rico lineup on Monday. It is also worth noting that Saturday's matchup between the United States and Dominican Republic drew a sold out crowd of 43,002 people at the San Diego Padres' Petco Park, which marked the largest attendance for a World Baseball Classic outing hosted by the United States.

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The Netherlands advanced to the single-elimination semifinals with 2-1 records in each of the first to rounds. The victor will advance to the final, and will face the victor of Tuesday's game between the United States and Japan. The Netherlands were also eliminated by the Dominican Republic four years ago in the semifinals. They also have former Reds and Mariners outfielder Wladimir Balentien, who has become a home run champion in Japan's NPB the past few seasons. However, they do get Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen for this game, so that's a big boost. The game starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET, so after you calm down from the excitement of Michael Brantley's return, be sure to check out Lindor as he tries to continue his WBC magic.

The Puerto Rican team, however, will need to count on Milwaukee Brewers' minor league prospect, 24-year-old Jorge Lopez, to keep the Netherlands bats under control. Eastern, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on Monday, March 20. However, there are two ways to watch the semifinal game even without cable login credentials - including a free, legal option.

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