Puerto Rico beat U.S. to clinch semifinals berth

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and Puerto Rico will go head-to-head in the World Baseball Classic semifinals on Monday.

Though he will be in his home ballpark, Monday night will mark Jansen's first time in the visitors clubhouse at Dodger Stadium.

First inning. Bases loaded.

"It was a big blow for us", Leyland said.

"My grandmother looked at me and said, 'If you say no, I might disown you, ' " Aviles said.

"This is a huge victory for our people, for our country".

The U.S. had a very lackluster performance offensively.

Puerto Rico: Like Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico has some exciting talent on the roster. He struck out swinging in the game against the Dominican Republic in Miami.

The U.S. defeated the Dominican Republic 6-3 on Saturday night at San Diego's Petco Park in an unforgettable Pool F game.

The U.S. has yet to push past the second round of the World Baseball Classic, but with a win over Puerto Rico, the history books would need to be rewritten.

Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer and Angel Pagan added a double and two singles. Musgrave went three innings only giving up one hit and no runs with two strikeouts.

The U.S. had a promising chance to come back when it put runners on first and second with none out in the ninth, but closer Edwin Diaz followed up by striking out Posey and Paul Goldschmidt. Backup catcher Roberto Perez carried a Puerto Rican flag with him onto the field. Puerto Rico defeated the Dominican Republic 3-1 last night.

As for the game itself, the Dominican team really needed a win after being upset by Puerto Rico in their first game.

"Are you kidding me, what they did to that line-up". But the WBC technical committee determined the tiebreaker — runs allowed per defensive inning — meant Italy (1.05) and Venezuela (1.11) advanced and not Mexico (1.12). Starling Marte grounded a ball to shortstop, but instead of attempting to turn a double play, he fired home to cut down Nelson Cruz trying to score a third run.

"We are going to give 100 percent on each pitch, each throw". This year, Netherlands is 4-2 in the tournament, with losses to Israel and fellow semifinalist Japan, and has outscored its opponents, 45-20, in its first two rounds in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan. Jones, who played at San Diego's Morse High, homered for the second time in two games. Rivera and pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez struck out. He got set, but his throw skipped past Hosmer, and Baez and Rosario scored. For example, it showcases both a flawless blend of past, present, and future talent, and certainly means more in the long run than Grapefruit or Cactus League games (which, to be fair, are entertaining in their own right). "That is the human element of it". To make things worse Martin Prado, the Marlins third baseman, came up lame after a ground ball in the top of the sixth. "I have no problem whatsoever with that".

Also helping keep their opponents at bay, New York Mets right-hander Seth Lugo handled Venezuela in the first round of the WBC, holding Venezuela to just one hit and picking up three strikeouts through 5 1/3 innings.

Duffy allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in four-plus innings.

  • Julie Sanders