Puerto Rico beat United States to advance to WBC semi-finals

Yolanda Curtis
March 19, 2017

It was loud. It was fun.

Puerto Rico plays Venezuela in the early afternoon, but the outcome is meaningless since P.R. has already advanced to the next round with a 2-0 record, while Venezuela has been eliminated with an 0-2 record.

Stanton showed that his bat in his hands - no matter the history, no matter the location on the lineup card - has the potential to re-position fates, like it did on his two-run blast in the United States' 6-3 victory over the powerhouse Dominican Republic.

For the Dominican, the defending champions, failing to qualify for the championship round is a national sin. With a 6-5 win against Team USA, Puerto Rico officially punched its ticket to the championship round, where it will join Japan and the Netherlands.

"Hopefully it's minor, Grade I (strain), and that we're able to kind of continue and have him ready, but we'll just have to wait and see", Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Friday. "Sincerely, we thought we were going to play better ball". "I love the Cubs and I love this team".

"I am looking forward to it (playing Japan)". Robinson Cano drove in Machado with a double.


The U.S. only survived the inning because the shortstop Crawford gunned down Cruz by mere inches at the plate.

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Venezuela's game in the sixth inning on Thursday night after appearing to tweak his back when he fouled off a pitch versus Hansel Robles of the Dominican Republic.

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. But the home run that wasn't might have been more memorable than the home run that was.

Baez made a diving stop in shallow right field to rob Eric Hosmer of a hit to end the sixth inning.

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Vizquel, the Tigers first base coach, is managing the Venezuelan team. However, the US has played some hard-fought baseball and has shown an ability to come from behind. Every starter had at least one hit, while eight starters had at least one run scored and seven had at least one RBI.


"I just tried to fill in wherever I can and do my job".

A throwing error by USA third baseman Nolan Arenado gave them two unearned runs and a 6-3 lead in the sixth.

"Whenever you don't execute, you pay for it", Pena said.

After the USA tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth, Sam Dyson retired the side in the bottom of the inning.

Stanton's home run was a career moment for baseball's most powerful slugger, who has had precious few team moments in his decorated career.


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