U.S. advances in WBC by blanking Canada

U.S. advances in WBC by blanking Canada

The Americans finished 2-1 in pool play and bounced back from a tough loss Saturday, when they blew a five-run lead and were beaten by the Dominican Republic 7-5. Brandon Crawford had knocked in two more, allowing manager Jim Leyland to turn the game over to the strength of the USA team, a deep bullpen that included postseason hero Miller waiting to close the game out. I tried to downplay that but it's a thrill to get out of here. The U.S. team failed to reach the final in the three previous WBCs. "It's not just a walk in the park".

With the bases loaded with out in the inning - Colombia walked Gregory Polanco with first base open to face Castillo - the new Orioles catcher laced a two-run single into left-center field, sparking a five-run 11 inning in the Dominican's decision 8-3 win over Colombia. The victor of the game will advance to the next round, while the loser will face the victor of the matchup between Colombia and Canada.

There are still the underdogs stories many fans love, as Israel went 3-0 in pool play behind the trusty old right arm of Jason Marquis (remember him?).

"Some of their bench players can start on a lot of teams", Dempster said. The tournament does very well in countries like Japan, South Korea, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, but its popularity is lacking here in the United States.

The U.S. had led 5-0 behind a brilliant performance from Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman, who looked to be in midseason form with 4⅔ scoreless innings against the powerful Dominican lineup. He struck out seven in four innings, and the only baserunners against him were Jonathan Malo and Peter Orr on consecutive two-out singles in the third. "Archer and Stro set the table, and I was just trying to follow suit". Tyler Clippard retired all six batters he faced, striking out four.

For all the complaints about Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, the arguments about whether or not it should matter, the inability to play it as a true game (and end up with ties because both teams ran out of players), the World Baseball Classic is the ideal alternative.

"The fans never give up, we never give up", Cruz said on his postgame TV spot. First, we see the Dominican players pouring out of the dugout with the elation of Little Leaguers after Nelson Cruz launched his clutch, three-run, go-ahead home run in the eighth inning off a supposedly unhittable Andrew Miller slider.

"I said, 'This is my game.' I wasn't nervous". "It was important for us to get off to a good start".

Christian Yelich's solid work continued with a 2-5 day, and the Miami Marlin also scored twice. Buster Posey hit a solo homer nearly in the same spot in the seventh and had three RBI. Posey, Yelich, Jones, Hosmer and Brandon Crawford had two hits apiece. "We came here and took care of business, and we're going to be ready for San Diego".

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