On March 12, 2017 — Colombia literally comes within inches of upsetting the powerful Dominican Republic national team and winning Pool C outright. With the score tied at 3 in the bottom of the 9th, Reynaldo Rodriguez hits a liner to LF Jose Bautista, who guns a perfect throw to C Welington Castillo, who tags out speedy pinch-runner Oscar Mercado on a play that could hardly have been closer. The D.R. then bursts out for 7 runs in the 11th, thanks to a two-run single by Castillo and a bases-clearing double by Jean Segura and puts the game away, 10 – 3, for its 11th straight win in WBC competition. In the other game, the United States also confirms its spot in the next round, eliminating Colombia, by thrashing Canada, 8 – 0. Nolan Arenado and Buster Posey both homer as the U.S. beats up on Ryan Dempster, scoring three runs before he leaves after only a third of an inning. Danny Duffy strikes out 7 in four innings to pick up the win.
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