Results from Day 6 of the World Baseball Classic, which saw a couple of upsets and the start of play in Pools C & D.

Italy 6, Mexico 5

The first of 2 upsets in today's action happened in the start of Pool D play in Phoenix, AZ, as Italy scored 2 runs in the 9th inning off of one of the world's top closers to stun Mexico 6-5. Sergio Romo, the San Francisco Giants closer who was so dominant in his club's World Series run last year, blew the save opportunity but didn't get much help from his left fielder Edgar Gonzalez, who misplayed a Nick Punto double and had a Anthony Rizzo towering fly ball go in and out of his glove to plate the winning runs for Italy. Mexico had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 9th as they loaded the bases off of Italy and Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli. Grilli barked at the home plate umpire after he didn't received a third-strike call. But he composed himself and got Jorge Contu to ground out with the bases loaded to seal the upset.

Dominican Republic 9, Venezuela 3

The Dominican Republic jumped on Venezuela starter Anibal Sanchez for three quick runs on Thursday and maintained the pressure after a 50-minute rain delay, surging to a 9-3 victory at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to open Pool C play. The Dominican squad, which is loaded with MLB All-Stars, prepped for the WBC by slugging their way through 2 exhibition games against MLB clubs and continued that pace last night. Robinson Cano notched three hits and three RBIs, Jose Reyes added four hits and Hanley Ramirez contributed a massive home run for the Dominican Republic, which improved to 3-0 all time against Venezuela in Classic play.

The Netherlands 6, Cuba 2

If Cuba sent a message to the rest of the WBC field about their play in Pool A, apparently The Netherlands didn't received it. Baltimore Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop had a three-run home run and finished a triple away from hitting for the cycle to help bring the Netherlands to the brink of a berth in the semifinals with a 6-2 upset over Cuba in the first game of the second round at Tokyo. The loss puts the world's #1 team in the elimination bracket agasint the loser of the Japan-Chinese Taipei game, while the Dutch will play the winner of that game on Sunday.

Along with Schoop's performance at the plate, the Dutch also recieved contributions from Curt Smith, who homered, and a couple of Atlanta Braves - current Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons had 2 hits and a RBI and fromer Braves All-Star Andruw Jones went 2-for-4 with a walk. Cuban starter Ismel Jimenez wasn't able to duplicate his solid outing against Brazil in the first round, walking two batters in the first, and allowing two runs on four hits in the second. Both teams combined for 26 hits in the game at the Tokyo Dome.

The WBC continues on as Team USA will make their 2013 WBC debut against Mexico on Friday night.