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Schoop, Simmons turn crucial double play

Instant-replay rules prevent challenge in Japan-Netherlands matchup
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The Netherlands' double-play duo of second baseman Jonathan Schoop and shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a big-time play in the 10th inning of Sunday's 11-inning, 8-6 loss to Japan to strand the bases loaded.

If the play had occurred in Major League Baseball or later in the World Baseball Classic's semifinals or finals, it might not have counted.

The Netherlands' double-play duo of second baseman Jonathan Schoop and shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a big-time play in the 10th inning of Sunday's 11-inning, 8-6 loss to Japan to strand the bases loaded.

If the play had occurred in Major League Baseball or later in the World Baseball Classic's semifinals or finals, it might not have counted.

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With one out and the scored tied at 6 in the top of the 10th, Schoop fielded a chopper off the bat of Norichika Aoki and flipped to Simmons, who was covering second. Simmons made the turn and fired to first baseman Curt Smith, where first-base umpire Larry Vanover called Aoki out. Aoki immediately pointed to the bag, as did the first-base coach, claiming Simmons' throw pulled Smith off the bag.

The call stood, despite replay showing the throw did, in fact, pull Smith off the bag.

Instant replay challenges cannot be requested until the final four teams meet at Dodger Stadium. Only home runs may be reviewed until then.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com.

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