Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

United States of America vs Dominican Republic

United States of America vs Dominican Republic

"I think the boys have done a good job playing for their country. And to be able to bring a lot of joy and happiness to the people back home that are going through a tough time right now".

"It seems like secretly they [MLB broadcasters] were hoping for this to happen, " Jones said, "hoping we would lose to have a showdown with the Dominican".

Puerto Rico advanced to the championship round for the second straight WBC.

The other semifinal spot from Pool F will go to the victor of Saturday night's game between the United States (1-1) and the Dominican Republic (1-1). Last night he looked like the Smyly the Ray's gave up David Price for in the three-team deal in 2014. The spiritual leader of the Puerto Rico team led by word and deed Tuesday, with a home run and a run-scoring single, and by tagging one runner out at the plate and throwing another out at second base.

"Going into the ninth inning, our strategy we had talked about, was if we gave up a run, we would intentionally walk somebody and balk him in to tie the game, and try to win the game by two in extras", Gonzalez continued. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run triple to the left-center gap off Edwin Diaz with two outs to pull the Americans within a run.

Diaz then struck out Josh Harrison for his second save to send the Puerto Ricans into a frenzy.

SAN DIEGO As grown men ran around Petco Park with Puerto Rican flags draped over their backs, March madness was not exclusive to college basketball on Friday.

Team USA is set to take on Puerto Rico, with the latter looking to improve to 5-0 overall in the tournament.

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Puerto Rico outscored Venezuela, Mexico and Italy 29-7 while winning three games in the first round, and they have never trailed against the Dominican Republic and the US here. For his effort, Baez was named Player of the Game. "You tip your hat to them".

Saturday's contest will begin at 10:00 p.m. from Petco Park in San Diego. In that game, Nelson Cruz hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth as the Dominicans rallied from five runs down to win 7-5. Each of Puerto Rico's first six batters reached on hits against Marcus Stroman. He is the manager of Team Puerto Rico, and he squirmed at the question of whether he would follow his players in allowing his hair to be dyed blonde.

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

"The first inning was just incredible, " Beltran said.

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Posey's homer in the fifth made it 4-2 and Jones' second homer of the tournament in the sixth made it 4-3. Duffy was dominant against Canada last week, striking out seven and allowing two hits in four scoreless innings.

Mychal Givens started the frame after recording the final out of the fifth, but he hit Javier Baez with a pitch on a 2-2 count.

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