Team USA Beats Puerto Rico 6-5 On David Wright's Double In The World Baseball Classic
MIAMI, FL -
On Tuesday night, with Puerto Rico three outs away from advancing to the World Baseball Classic semifinals, and holding onto a 5-3 lead against the United States, along came the ninth inning heroics from the Americans. The bottom of the 9th began with a Phillie-against-Phillie matchup, as JC Romero allowed a leadoff single to Shane Victorino, followed by another single by Baltimore's Brian Roberts. After a Derek Jeter lineout to rightfield, Jimmy Rollins drew a walk against his Phillies teammate to load the bases. That yanked Romero from the game, as Fernando Cabrera came in to close out the game. Cabrera did not have much luck as he walked Youkilis to bring in Victorino. Then David Wright stepped to the plate a roped a 2-1 single into rightfield to bring in the tying and winning runs to give the U.S. a dramatic walk-off victory.
Now that they have already clinched a spot in the semifinals, the United States will ride this momentum into Wednesday night, as they face Venezuela in the pool championship game. This win could very well be the spark that the U.S. needed to finally bring home the WBC title.