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.
While that seems simple in theory to understand (you take the amount of runs scored and divide it by innings), Mexico's 10-9 loss to Italy on Saturday night messed everything up.
Suiting up for Team Mexico for the 2017 installment of the World Baseball Classic, the 34-year-old first baseman batted just.143 and registered only one RBI this time around.
Mexico, Italy and Venezuela all finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play behind Puerto Rico, which went 3-0. But then officials informed Venezuela of the correct calculation in the locker room.
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Not too many people showed up at Charros de Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara for Monday night's game between Italy and Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. The game was ended after eight innings because of the 10-run rule. Although the event is not even an annual occurrence, Gonzalez says that he will never play in the World Baseball Classic ever again. "We were in limbo until we got word that we were going to play and tonight we were shut down for six innings, but we kept on fighting".
Mexico will protest the result hoping to change the outcome. They have one interpretation and we have another.
Gregorius also drove in a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly when the Netherlands added two more runs.
Winning pitcher Luis Mendoza gave up three hits and two runs in four innings.