An error with math means Venezuela, and not Mexico as initially believed, will play a tiebreaker to advance to Round 2 of the WBC.
Venezuela still has a chance to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic after initially thinking it had been eliminated from the tournament due to an error with early calculations of the first-round tiebreaker.
After losing 11–9 to Mexico on Sunday, three of the Pool D teams—Venezuela, Mexico and Italy—each finished with a 1–2 record (Puerto Rico has already advanced to the second round with a 3–0 record in group play). The tiebreaker for the three remaining teams is runs allowed per defensive inning played. When that stat was initially calculated, Mexico (1.05 runs allowed) beat out Venezuela (1.11) for the right to play Italy (1.05). However, the first calculations had overlooked the fact that Mexico had not, in fact, played a full nine innings in its loss to Italy; instead, the team had played eight innings and failed to record an out in the ninth. When the math was redone to remove those three extra outs given to Mexico, Venezuela came out on top, 1.11 runs to 1.12.
Mexico protested the result based on what the team was told what was needed to advance to Round 2, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez arguing their case on Twitter.
Nos avisaron antes del juego que si ganamos por 2, pasábamos.— Adrián González (@Adrian_ElTitan) March 13, 2017
We were told before the game if we win by two, we play tomorrow.
We win by two and lose by one, Venezuela loses by 2 and wins by 1? Way to set up a tournament.— Adrián González (@Adrian_ElTitan) March 13, 2017
If the math is not changed again, then Italy will play Venezuela on Monday night for the right to advance to the next round. The winner of the tiebreaker will play the United States on Wednesday at Petco Park in San Diego.
- Scooby Axson