Team USA began its third-round action with a 6-3 win over Venezuela, the only team to beat them in the entire tournament thus far. First baseman Justin Smoak remarkably didn't go deep–he was 0-for-3 with a base on balls, dropping his World Cup batting average to .368.
The Canadians also began on the right foot with a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico. DH Emerson Frostad was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Four Team Canada pitchers combined to surrender just one hit.
The eight teams that advanced to the round robin-style third round are Cuba, Australia, Puerto Rico, Canada, USA, Venezuela, Netherlands, and Chinese Taipei.
In addition to the U.S. and Canada, Cuba and the Netherlands began 1-0 in Tuesday.
69-75, 11.0 GB
The RedHawks failed to qualify for the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
39-31, 2.0 GB
The RoughRiders failed to qualify for the Texas League playoffs.
Lost 2-3 in Cal League Semifinals (Best of five)
The Blaze had an extremely successful season, making the playoffs for the first time since 2001 and reaching the California League Semifinal series.
30-40, 15.5 GB
The Crawdads failed to qualify for the South Atlantic League playoffs.
37-39, 10.0 GB
The Indians played much better late in the season, but they still failed to qualify for the Northwest League playoffs.
12-16, 4.5 GB
The AZL Rangers failed to quality for the Arizona League playoffs.
18-45, 29.5 GB
The DSL Rangers1 failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs.
47-15, 9.0 GU
After winning the division, the DSL Rangers2 got a bye in the first round of the playoffs, but they were swept in the best-of-three Dominican Summer League semifinal series.
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