"We were told before the game if we win by two, we play tomorrow (Monday)", Gonzalez wrote, criticizing the methodology that saw Venezuela advance to the playoff instead of Mexico.
The Venezuelans lost to Mexico on Sunday night, leaving Italy, Venezuela and Mexico all at 1-2 after round-robin play was completed in Pool D. The host team was eliminated on a close tiebreaker runs allowed per inning played but the correct announcement did not come until long after the game was over.
Adrian Gonzalez is still furious over the way Mexico was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic earlier this week, and the Los Angeles Dodgers star says he will never take part in the event again because of it.
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His complaints stem from Mexico's elimination from the WBC, as Mexico and even the World Baseball Classic's Twitter account believed that the team would play Italy in a tiebreaker for the right to advance to the single-elimination stage. Because the Italians walked off in the 9th inning with the victory before any outs were recorded, it technically does not count towards Mexico's "defensive inning" count, while the runs scored by Italy do count.
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"We qualified here basically because of an out that (Mexico) did not get (against Italy)", Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel said. Italy finished 1-3 in the tournament.
Winning pitcher Luis Mendoza gave up three hits and two runs in four innings.