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WBC 2017: Bracket, Thursday’s schedule, and results

Venezuela faces the Dominican Republic Thursday night in a key matchup.

World Baseball Classic - Pool F - Game 2 - Venezuela v United States Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

The United States scored one in the seventh and three more in the eighth to stun Venezuela 4-2 at the World Baseball Classic Tuesday night.

Ender Inciarte put Venezuela on top early with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Roughned Odor extended the lead to 2-0 in the seventh with a solo home run. The United States finally got some things going in the bottom half of the seventh and cut the deficit in half with a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Lucroy.

The U.S. tied things up in the eighth on a solo home run by Adam Jones. Eric Hosmer followed with a two-run home run of his own to put the United States in front for good. Venezuela brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth in Victor Martinez but Luke Gregerson got him to ground into a double-play to end the game.

Felix Hernandez threw five shut out innings for Venezuela. Drew Smyly struck out eight over 4 23 innings while allowing three hits and one unearned run for the U.S. Hosmer, Lucroy, Ian Kinsler and Alex Bregman all finished with two hits each.

Venezuela is right back at it on Thursday when they take on the Dominican Republic in a key matchup. The Dominican Republic dropped their second round opener 3-1 to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.

Pool F schedule for Thursday, March 16

Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic

Location: San Diego

Time: 10 p.m. ET

TV: MLB Network

Streaming: MLB.TV

Full World Baseball Classic Schedule, Results and Standings

Second Round

WBC Pool E

Date Team vs. Team Time Venue
Date Team vs. Team Time Venue
March 11 Cuba (1) vs. Israel (4) Tokyo
March 12 Japan (8) vs. Netherlands (6) Tokyo
March 13 Netherlands (12) vs. Israel (2) Tokyo
March 14 Cuba (5) vs. Japan (8) Tokyo
March 14 Netherlands (14) vs. Cuba (1) Tokyo
March 15 Israel (3) vs. Japan (8) Tokyo

Pool E Standings

Rank Team W L Notes
Rank Team W L Notes
1 Japan 3 0 Advanced
2 Netherlands 2 1 Advanced
3 Israel 1 2
4 Cuba 0 3

WBC Pool F

Date Team vs. Team Time Venue
Date Team vs. Team Time Venue
March 14 Dominican Republic (1) vs. Puerto Rico (3) Petco Park
March 15 Venezuela (2) vs. United States (4) Petco Park
March 16 Venezuela (0) vs. Dominican Republic (3) Petco Park
March 17 United States (5) vs. Puerto Rico (6) Petco Park
March 18 Puerto Rico (13) vs. Venezuela (2) Petco Park
March 18 United States (6) vs. Dominican Republic (3) Petco Park

Pool F Standings

Rank Team W L
Rank Team W L
1 Puerto Rico 3 0
2 United States 2 1
3 Dominican Republic 1 2
4 Venezuela 0 3

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