Legends On Deck

WBC: USA Rally’s Late, Beats Venezuela 4-2

The United States entered the second round looking for an edge as they are to face three powerhouse teams in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. But on Wednesday night they proved they are ready to compete as they rallied from a 2-1 deficit with one run in the seventh and three in the eighth to win the game 4-2 and tie Puerto Rico for the lead in Pool F at 1-1.

After two scoreless innings, Venezuela broke through with a run in the top of the third inning on a sac fly off the bat of Ender Inciarte scoring Carlos Gonzalez from third.

Then in the seventh, Venezuela struck again when Rougned Odor hit a home run to right field to put his team up 2-0. In the bottom of the frame, USA closed the gap to one run when Eric Hosmer scored ahead of a sac fly from Jonathan Lucroy.

With the game seemingly in the hands of Venezuela, the USA team finally broke through in the eighth scoring the three runs on a home run from Adam Jones to tie the game and a two run shot from Hosmer to add insurance runs.

Venezuela had one last chance to put a rally together, but after Miguel Cabrera was given a one-out pass, Victor Martinez grounded into an inning ending double play to give the USA squad a major victory in the second round.

USA will now face undefeated Puerto Rico on Friday, with Venezuela looking to get back in the win column on Thursday as they face Dominican Republic, who are also 0-1 in the second round.

David Conde
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