MIAMI (AP) Trea Turner struck a consent grand slam in the 8th inning that raised the United States over Venezuela 9-7 Saturday night and into the World Baseball Classic semifinals.
The protecting champ Team U.S.A. will deal with Cuba on Sunday night for an area in the WBC champion.
Venezuela 2nd baseman and Houston Astros star Jose Altuve left the video game in the 5th with a right-hand man injury after he was struck by a pitch from Daniel Bard. The Astros stated there would be an upgrade on his status Sunday.
Trailing 7-5, the United States packed the bases in the 8th on a walk, single and struck by pitch versus losing pitcher Jose Quijada. Silvino Bracho relieved and after that Turner, the ninth batter in the U.S. lineup, sent his 0-2 changeup 407 feet to deep left field for the 3rd grand slam in Team U.S.A. history.
David Bednar, the 5th U.S. pitcher, got the win. Ryan Pressly got 3 outs for the conserve.
Luis Arraez, playing the ballpark that he’ll quickly call house with the Miami Marlins, struck 2 crowning achievement for Venezuela.
The U.S. group boasts a lineup of huge names that lots of selected to duplicate as WBC champs.
All 9 batters in Team U.S.A.’s lineup are all-stars, consisting of Los Angeles Dodgers best fielder Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, St. Louis Cardinals initially baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cardinals 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado.
The United States remains in the leading 6 in the competition in batting average (.296), RBIs (34) and hits (48), and every U.S. starter had a hit Saturday night.
Venezuela took a 6-5 lead in a four-run 5th after Ronald Acuña Jr.’s sacrifice fly to deep center field.
Salvador Perez drove in the connecting run with a line-drive double that slipped simply inside the left-field nasty line.
Arraez struck a two-run drive to best field in the very first, his very first crowning achievement in his brand-new house park, and included another in the seventh to provide Venezuela a two-run lead. Arraez, the ruling AL batting champ, was traded to the WBC host Miami Marlins this offseason after 4 seasons in Minnesota.
Bard changed starter U.S. starter Lance Lynn with a three-run lead in the 5th and packed the bases with 2 strolls, an infield hit and a struck by pitch that hurt Altuve.
Bard was pulled after Gleyber Torres scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3. Venezuela included its last 3 runs versus Jason Adam, who handled to get out of the inning in 10 pitches.
Team U.S.A. struck 5 straight songs to begin the video game. Betts led off the very first with an infield single, then the speedster raced from very first to 3rd on Trout’s single, requiring a tossing mistake by Acuña to rating.
Kyle Tucker likewise struck a homer for the U.S.
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