WBC Roundup: Do or die for Team USA

Peroxide for everyone. It is a bleached blond kind of WBC.

Puerto Rico will counter with Jorge Lopez on the mound. Players don't want to get hurt for obvious reasons, teams don't want their players to get hurt for equally obvious reasons.

They are 5-0 and loving it.

The Puerto Ricans knocked around United States of America starter Marcus Stroman before he knew what hit him, scoring four runs in the first inning, and then let starter Seth Lugo and their bullpen do the rest. He'll need that same energy and focus against another tough lineup in Puerto Rico.

It seems as if nothing can stop Puerto Rico in the tournament, but the pitching of Team USA may have something to say about that.

"Never felt that way", said former Dodgers infielder Alex Cora, the general manager of Team Puerto Rico. At least he finally pitched a forgettable outing (in a good way) so maybe we can all tone down the March panic a bit.

"The All-Star Game is something that, for me, it was my first time experiencing it", Hosmer said.

The United States is set to play two more games in the second round of the worldwide event.

Team USA will face Japan on Tuesday night in the semifinals.

DH Giancarlo Stanton, 2-4/1 HR/2 RBI/ 2 Runs against the Dominican Republic. And it proved to be an important play in the end as Puerto Rico went on to win its first game of the second round, 3-1. "We are very aggressive in our approach, our overall approach".

"We're focused to do what we are here to do", Rodriguez said.

Angel Pagan, Francisco Lindor and Correa began the parade, with Correa inside-outing a pitch to right field to drive in the first run.

Aviles' two-out single pushed Puerto Rico to a 3-0 lead in the fifth. Stroman finally got an out when Rosario hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. His throw pulled Jose Altuve off the bag at 2nd and Jones beat the return throw to put runners on first and second with one out.

Puerto Rico led 6-3 after scoring two unearned runs on two-out throwing error by four-time Gold Glove victor Nolan Armando in a hitless sixth-inning rally that featured a hit batter, a walk and three stolen bases, two by Baez. Ian Kinsler managed to bat.400 in the game with two hits. We're happy for our country and for our people.

"We are going to give 100 percent on each pitch, each throw".

Like Beltran, Yadier Molina has played in all four WBCs for his the land of his heritage.

The victor between Puerto Rico and Netherlands will advance to Wednesday night's championship game, also at Dodger Stadium.

"I am looking forward to it (playing Japan)".

"Nothing compares to this moment right now". Big home run and a lot of guys still weren't at home plate, they were still in the dugout. "They allowed me to do my job, and obviously, things didn't turn out the way we wanted to". By comparison, second-round Pool F included Puerto Rico, the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. He struck out swinging in the game against the Dominican Republic in Miami.

With only three one-and-done games used to determine a champion, any team could win. And the older players have shown confidence in us, and that has been key. "They are very proud of us and we hope to God we finish the mission".

  • Julie Sanders