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2017 World Baseball Classic USA-Venezuela final score: Americans rally late to win 4-2

March 16,2017 06:14

In USA's 4-2 win over Venezuela to open the second round of the World Baseball Classic for each country, the cliche that fits is “better late than never.” For seven innings, very little went right for the USA offense. They saw Adam Jones ground into an ...



In USA’s 4-2 win over Venezuela to open the second round of the World Baseball Classic for each country, the cliche that fits is “better late than never.” For seven innings, very little went right for the USA offense. They saw Adam Jones ground into an inning-ending double play to end a threat in the third and were later gifted two big-time scoring situations, only to see just one run cross the plate on a sac fly. There were zero RBI hits despite six at-bats with runners in scoring position. Then came the eighth inning, with Venezuela holding a 2-1 lead and Hector Rondon entering the game. Jones would homer to knot things up and USA would burst through the door. Christian Yelich singled. After a Nolan Arenado fly out, Eric Hosmer would come through with the big blow of the game -- a two-run home run to right-center. Luke Gregerson would close things out and USA would move to 3-1 in this tournament, with the only loss coming in a game it probably should have won against the Dominican Republic. Drew Smyly threw beautifully for USA, going 4 2/3 innings and striking out eight while walking no one. His only real blemish was a throwing error, that ended up leading to Venezuela’s first run. By the same token, Venezuela starter Felix Hernandez was brilliant, giving up only the three consecutive third-inning singles in five scoreless innings. 
In addition to the late-inning loss, Venezuela also lost Martin Prado to a hamstring injury. They previously lost All-Star catcher Salvador Perez to a knee injury. USA joins Puerto Rico at 1-0 in the pool while Venezuela and the defending champion Dominican Republic are 0-1. If anyone wants to relive the action in real time, here’s the live blog, starring R.J. Anderson and Matt Snyder ... 

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