On March 12, 2017 — Puerto Rico also completes its first round games unbeaten in Pool D by defeating Italy, 9 – 3. Homers by John Andreoli and Drew Butera in the first two innings account for all three Italian runs, but they are held to one hit the rest of the way and, once again, their pitchers get beat up, giving up 9 or more runs for the third straight game. A three-run homer by Carlos Correa in the 4th proves to be a knock-out blow. The final pool game is another barnburner, with Mexico earning its first win, 11 – 9, over Venezuela. Homers by Brandon Laird and Esteban Quiroz account for six Mexican runs, but they end up on the short end of the tiebreaker by the slimmest of margins: giving up one fewer run or scoring one more would have turned the trick. In spite of Mexico filing a protest, it will be Italy and Venezuela who will play an extra game to determine which will be the second team from the pool to move to the next round.
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