Puerto Rico beat USA to clinch semi-finals berth
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 20:02
Largely due to their outstanding offense, Puerto Rico has outscored their opponents 32-8 to go undefeated through their first four games of the WBC, leaning on Houston Astros' Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran to keep the bats hot. Every starter had at least one hit, while eight starters had at least one run scored and seven had at least one RBI.
The victory means the USA will play Japan in a semi-final at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday, with Puerto Rico and the Netherlands in the other last-four clash at the same venue on Monday.
"Volqy did a great job and there is no question we have a great bullpen", Pena said. That's why so numerous US big names passed, and why some clubs (notably the Rays with Chris Archer) issued explicit instructions on the use of those who did participate. Players don't want to get hurt for obvious reasons, teams don't want their players to get hurt for equally obvious reasons.
Offensively, the US has relied on San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (.455 BA) and Miami Marlins left field Chrisitan Yelich (.429 BA) to get on base, while Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer has helped put points on the board with a team-high four RBIs. He pitched 204 regular season innings past year, and started 2 games in the playoffs for a total of 215.1, easily a career high. Tonight, at PetCo Park in San Diego, California, will see United States of America vs. Puerto Rico Live at time of start of the game. "I am very impressed with his fastball and his secondary pitches".
Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitcher Jorge Lopez starts for Puerto Rico on Monday night.
The Dominican Republic, the winningest team in WBC history, threatened to milk all the drama and opportunity out of the win-or-watch matchup in front of a sellout crowd of 43,002. It fell 11-0 in an abbreviated first-round game shortened because of the mercy rule. We're happy for our country and for our people. The U.S. team was ahead 4-2 in the seventh inning as Giancarlo Stanton's two-run home run in the fourth inning had snapped a 2-2 tie.
"I think everybody's saying that Team USA lacks emotion, " Jones said. "No one is here on vacation". Consider Team USA (and of course Puerto Rico, who won Pool F) to be battle-tested headed into Los Angeles. Correa, who had walked for the second time, scored on the hit.
A throwing error by American third baseman Nolan Arenado gave them two unearned runs and a 6-3 lead in the sixth.
Vizquel, the Tigers first base coach, is managing the Venezuelan team. Hernan Perez lifted a shallow fly ball to left, but Victor Martinez was late returning to third base to tag up.
"The guys that I grew up playing with, they're playing hard, man", Jansen said last week. "They allowed me to do my job, and obviously, things didn't turn out the way we wanted to".
The same goes for Puerto Rico.
NOTES: Manager Dave Roberts said Gonzalez, Verdugo, Sergio Romo and Rob Segedin, all WBC particpants who rejoined the Dodgers on Wednesday, got the day to get re-acclimated to spring training and will soon be back in action.