Puerto Rico advances to semifinals with win over USA

The Houston Astros faithful’s support could have easily split during Wednesday’s World Baseball Classic action.

Come Monday night, the party moves on to Dodger Stadium. Vizquel is also the Tigers first base coach. “Unbelievable. And all they said afterwards was ‘Well, that’s what we decided'”. “When we were growing up, we watched the Olympics on TV, and we rooted for our country so hard, and I know every country in the world does that”.

“We’re certainly hoping for that”.

UP NEXT: Puerto Rico has quick turnaround, playing Venezuela (0-2) at 12:30 p.m. PDT Saturday.

Hector Rondon (0-1) started the eighth for Venezuela and Jones homered to left-center to tie it at 2.

When the Dominicans and Puerto Ricans invaded Petco Tuesday night for the first game of this pool, the crowd was 16,637. On Saturday, Puerto Rico faces Venezuela and the Dominican Republic faces the United States.

The score stayed that way until the top of the ninth. Brandon Crawford tripled home two runs to make it 6-5, but Josh Harrison then struck out to end the game. Backup catcher Roberto Perez carried a Puerto Rican flag with him onto the field.

Puerto Rico: Like Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico has some exciting talent on the roster.

For Team USA, Stroman didn’t get too down on things despite his rough outing and the final outcome because there’s one more game to lay.

“But you look around the Latin countries and they know exactly what’s going on”.

Ervin Santana will start for the Dominican Republic and Danny Duffy will start for the United States.

Robinson Cano hit an RBI single in the seventh.

Baez singled to load the bases before Eddie Rosario’s sacrifice fly to left field made it 4-0.

Seth Lugo will be handed the ball for Puerto Rico and he will be tasked with keeping a star-studded U.S. lineup quiet.

America finally got on the board in the bottom half of the 7th.

They all had before Stroman’s first-inning hiccup.

“We kind of gave up and you can’t do that here”.

Angel Pagan hit a chopper to third base that took a amusing hop on Nolan Arenado, whose throw to first bounced under the glove of Eric Hosmer to score two unearned runs and extend Puerto Rico’s lead to 6-3.

Dellin Betances, Alex Colome and Jeurys Familia finished off the final three innings, but lefty Fernando Abad of the Red Sox got two of the more important outs in the fifth on a double-play grounder off Ender Inciarte’s bat to escape a first-and-third situation.

Baez was hit by a pitch and stole second in the sixth before Rosario walked. He summoned Andrew Miller from the bullpen with the 3-0 count.

“We understand the importance of this game and what we had to do”, Nelson said after he hit his third homer of the tournament. “That is the human element of it. I have no problem whatsoever with that”.

Seth Lugo might be no better than the fifth-best starter on the New York Mets – behind Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz – but he took advantage of his Puerto Rican heritage to play in the WBC and earned the victory by holding the star-studded US lineup to three runs in 52/3 innings. A moonshot of a home run by Buster Posey made it 4-2 in the fifth inning.

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