Puerto Rico beat USA to advance to WBC semis
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 5:24
The other semifinal spot from Pool F will go to the victor of Saturday night's game between the United States (1-1) and the Dominican Republic (1-1).
Team Puerto Rico will enter the World Baseball Classic semifinals as one of two undefeated teams on Monday.
In the next half inning, Team USA extended their lead to 6-3 on a two-run double by Andrew McCutchen. Who will play Japan in the other semifinal game?
Both teams entered the game knowing the victor would advance to the semi-finals and the loser would go home. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run triple to the left-center gap off Edwin Diaz with two outs to pull the Americans within a run. The Marlins slugger hammered a clothesline-style shot beyond the left-field fence in the fourth inning like someone who clubbed 61 at a Home Run Derby, which he did - last July at this very same Petco Park.
"Never felt that way", said former Dodgers infielder Alex Cora, the general manager of Team Puerto Rico.
After opening the game with six consecutive singles before Eddie Rosario's sacrifice fly, they ran into a second out when Yadier Molina went to third base on the sac fly, and overran the bag.
"I have no chance", Rodriguez said. Dominican Republic and all remaining World Baseball Classic games stream live online. Dominican starter Ervin Santana allowed four runs in 3 ⁄3 innings.
The Dominican Republic were on the board out of gate facing USA Danny Duffy with their early 2-0 lead. The right-hander beat Mexico on March 11 in his only other appearance in this tournament, allowing just one run in 4⅓ innings while striking out five.
Duffy talked before last night's loss about how much has been made about those who are not participating in the WBC for the USA and whether or not it motivates him and the other American starters (like Chris Archer, Marcus Stroman and Drew Smyly) to show everyone what they can do?
"For me, it's something really special", said Correa, 21, playing in his first.
The U.S. defeated the Dominican Republic 6-3 on Saturday night at San Diego's Petco Park in an unforgettable Pool F game.
Puerto Rico starter Seth Lugo, a 27-year-old right-hander for the New York Mets, was charged with three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out T.J. Rivera and Dodgers utility player Kiké Hernandez, then got Angel Pagan to hit a ground ball to Arenado - the closest thing to a rally killer this side of a strikeout. "After every game we play, the confidence keeps improving". Still, no one was overused, enabling Leyland to have a full arsenal of relievers for Saturday's epic rematch against the Dominican Republic.
The depth on Puerto Rico's roster has been incredible throughout this tournament and came into play again on Saturday. "I've always been called Puerto Rican".