The Sizeable Increase In TV Viewership For The 2017 World Baseball Classic
Mar 18 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Stroman told reporters in San Diego he was up for and excited about the challenge of facing a lineup as strong as Puerto Rico's. The U.S. plays the Dominican Republic on Saturday, and either the home team or the defending champion will not advance to Dodger Stadium. The victor of tomorrow night's game between the USA and Dominican Republic will face Japan in the other semifinal on Tuesday.
The network notes that Nielsen Media Research has reported that Saturday's World Baseball Classic first round game between TeamUSA and TeamDominican Republic on MLB Network drew 977,000 viewers, marking MLB Network's most-watched non-Postseason game telecast, +11% over its previous record for a WBC game (883,000 for Team U.S.A. vs TeamDominican Republic in the second round of the 2013 WBC). Lots of good Major League players, and thinking about a team with all these good players is exciting.
The lone runs that Puerto Rico starter Seth Lugo allowed over 5 2/3 innings - on Eric Hosmer's second-inning RBI single, Buster Posey's fifth-inning solo shot and San Diegian Adam Jones' sixth-inning homer proved nothing but short-lived distractions on a night that belonged to the Puerto Ricans from the get-go.
With most of the 32,463 fans on their feet and chanting in the top of the ninth, a USA rally fell just short.
But the last hope for TeamUSA, Brandon Crawford, hit a one-hopper off the left field wall for a double. Stroman recovered after that and kept Puerto Rico scoreless until leaving the game with two outs in the fifth inning. Backup catcher Roberto Perez carried a Puerto Rican flag with him onto the field.
While things remain great for Puerto Rico at the WBC, TeamUSA will have to defeat the Dominican Republic on Saturday to earn the second spot from Pool F in the semifinals.
Saturday is a win or go home game for United States of America and the Dominican Republic.
Former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is now managing TeamUSA in the World Baseball Classic. "They play a combination of big ball and small ball, and you tip your hat to them". "We're obviously trying to get the United States into it a little bit more". In that game, Nelson Cruz hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth as the Dominicans rallied from five runs down to win 7-5.
The eighth inning is when the USA got their bats jumpstarted. Molina tried taking third on the play but overran the bag and was tagged out. The Cleveland Indians left-hander would strike out T.J. Rivera and, after Baez stole third, Enrique Hernandez to get within one out of escaping the jam. "It gave us so much confidence for the rest of the game".
If you haven't been watching the World Baseball Classic over the past couple of days, either because you think it's not very interesting, because the games haven't been at convenient times, or something else, you've missed some real excitement with Orioles players at the center of it. Two runs scored and Puerto Rico had a 6-3 lead. After Eddie Rosario started his at-bat with three straight balls, Leyland opted to pull the right-hander in favor of Andrew Miller.