Chris Archer tossed four ideal innings for the United States in his first start of the World Baseball Classic, but surprisingly, the right hander will not be available for the championship round.
To watch the Kingdom of the Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico World Baseball Classic first semifinal game live stream from 56,000-seat Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, go to the MLB Network site at this link. However, his fast-maturing team faces a formidable challenge against the Puerto Ricans who have cruised through both of the first two round-robin rounds, winning all three games each time. Pacific Daylight Time, 9 p.m. "If he got through four innings, that was going to be it".
Japan has the most WBC titles of any nation with two.
He had a very rough 2016 minor league campaign, sporting a 3-11 record, along with a 5.71 ERA, in 124 and 2/3 innings pitched across 25 appearances (24 starts) at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. Puerto Rico has done some serious work on the mound and in the batter's box to reach this semifinal game against the Netherlands. In one start at the 2017 WBC, he is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA, as he made one start that lasted 4 and 1/3 innings. They also have former Reds and Mariners outfielder Wladimir Balentien, who has become a home run champion in Japan's NPB the past few seasons. Profar was a bit hyped about a single to right field (which didn't drive in a run). But the U.S. team will go in a different direction. Waiting for the victor of this game will be either the US or Japan who will be playing in the second semifinal game on March 21st also at 9pm EST at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. As his team was held to one hit and one run by Quintana, Archer pitched four ideal innings with three strikeouts.