Team USA Beats Puerto Rico 6-5 On David Wright's Double In The World Baseball Classic

David Wright Comes Up Huge For Team USA At The WBC

3/18/09 in MLB   |   qtowndogg   |   1846 respect

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.
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3/18/09   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

I should say that those of us at my place last night were screaming in celebration when Wright's hit dropped in down the right field line. 

We will be with you in the semis this weekend USA!!!!

3/18/09   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Double elimination in the first two rounds. Then Pool 1 Winner plays Pool 2 runner-up and vice-versa. Single elim for the semi's and final.

Obviously a system that needs a little tweaking, but this years has sure been exciting in the first two rounds.

Changing to a double elimination tournament was a good change from three years ago.  But they still need to change a few things to make this tourney even better.  First, the final "seeding" game for the groups.  This is a problem.  It is played between an undefeated team and the team that won through the loser's bracket.  Normally in a double elimination tourny the team with one loss must win two games to win the group while the team with no losses only needs one win to advance.  The way it is set up this year, there is only one game played with the winner declared group winner.  This is just dumb.  Either play potentially two games or don't play the "seeding" game at all.  Just call the team with no losses the group winner and the team that came out from the losers bracket #2.

Next, I think the tourny would be a bit better if the games were scheduled closer together.  The idea that some teams were waiting 3 days between games just shouldn't happen.  It would be better of the group locations were closer together instead of spread out all over the world. 

Teams need to play more teams from other groups in the 2nd round.  For example, Korea is playing Japan what seems like every other game.  This should not happen.  Once those two moved on from round one, they should not see each other again until round 3 at the earliest.  So group one should be group A & B winners and group C & D runners up.  And vice versa for group 2.  This would keep a situation like tonight from happening.  The USA is playing Venezuela for a 3rd time.  And have the potential to play each other yet AGAIN!

And last but possibly the most important thing...  The final two teams should play a best of 3.  Heck, I'd be OK if the semis were a best of 3 as well.

3/18/09   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

wrote:
I am glad the US won, however, I am not a very smart man. I know the first round you had to lose twice to be eliminated. But I thought that after the 1st Rd of pool play, it was single elimination. Didn't we lose Puerto Rico to start this RD. How are we in the Semi-Finals? I thought we got eliminated already.

Double elimination.  Teams must lose twice to be eliminated.  Lose the first game, and off to the losers bracket you go.  USA lost to PR.  So they head to the losers bracket and play the loser of the other pool game.  Holland.  Upon advancing, they awaited the loser of the game between the two winners.  Which turned out to be PR.  So USA played PR again.  Both now with one loss.  So the loser goes home.  This is not nearly as complicated as the goofball tiebreakers from three years ago.

3/18/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

qtowndogg wrote:
Puerto Rico should not even have scored that run in the top of the 9th.  The batter (for some reason I can't remember who it was now) had strike 3 right down the middle, but the ump called a ball and he walked on the next pitch.  He later stole a base and scored to make it 5-3, but thankfully that's all nullified now with the US winning.

 Oh....didn't realize that. Of course on the ESPN highlights they didn't go into that much detail in the top of the 9th :)

3/18/09   |   qtowndogg   |   1846 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
 I will be honest and if I had been watching it live I would have turned that off out of frustration after giving up the run in the top of the 9th...I am impressed. That was a big win to drop 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th like that!

Puerto Rico should not even have scored that run in the top of the 9th.  The batter (for some reason I can't remember who it was now) had strike 3 right down the middle, but the ump called a ball and he walked on the next pitch.  He later stole a base and scored to make it 5-3, but thankfully that's all nullified now with the US winning.

3/18/09   |   hartley51592   |   2462 respect

i started liking the tournament before it began this year, and now with this win, which was easily the most exciting game so far, i like it even more.

3/18/09   |   seanrrpsnm   |   11 respect

 Hopefully this will give these guys the momentum they need to finish this thing off.....BRING IT HOME BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/18/09   |   Reef PIE   |   1 respect

Great baseball game......GO USA!!!

3/18/09   |   joewritesalot

 Good for the US ... and good for D-Wright.  The guy hits about .390 with the bases loaded and we Mets fans want to hang 'em for not being clutch.  Sad memories of Phillies fans and Mike Schmidt.  Too bad his heroics and this win only serve to breathe life into faulty tournament.

3/18/09   |   seal_warrior1   |   2230 respect

Way to go USA!!  What a great clutch play!!  Nothing like a lil pressure to get the USA to shine!  Let's hope they can do the same to Puerto Rico!  Woooooo hoooooooooooo.... Almost glad i wasn't watching I'd have no voice now!     Bring it home boys!  You CAN DO IT!

3/18/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 I will be honest and if I had been watching it live I would have turned that off out of frustration after giving up the run in the top of the 9th...I am impressed. That was a big win to drop 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th like that!

3/18/09   |   baby-blue15   |   3 respect

Team U.S.A ---  Rocks

3/18/09   |   hem_nathan85

3/18/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3293 respect

wrote:
I am glad the US won, however, I am not a very smart man. I know the first round you had to lose twice to be eliminated. But I thought that after the 1st Rd of pool play, it was single elimination. Didn't we lose Puerto Rico to start this RD. How are we in the Semi-Finals? I thought we got eliminated already.

Double elimination in the first two rounds. Then Pool 1 Winner plays Pool 2 runner-up and vice-versa. Single elim for the semi's and final.

Obviously a system that needs a little tweaking, but this years has sure been exciting in the first two rounds.

3/18/09   |  

U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A......................

3/18/09   |   radiowave000   |   145 respect

What a great game by both teams. Superb at bats by Team USA in the 9th to win it.  Go USA!

3/18/09   |   blondie45044   |   5873 respect

U.S.A. Rocks!

3/18/09   |   Michael_G   |   37050 respect

 Great 9th inning, can't wait for the regular season!!

3/18/09   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Holy crap! Who'da thunk it!  Go USA!!

3/17/09   |   Coach Hale   |   1 respect

 GO U.S.A.!!!

3/17/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

can't believe it...gave 'em up for dead