Last night it became clear that the World Baseball Classic will have a new champion. In a must win game for both teams, the United States stayed at the right side of the score vs the Dominican Republic. The story of this game was clutch hitting as the sellout crowd at Petco Park saw the US beat the DR 6-3.
In a historic win for the United States, Giancarlo Stanton got the crowd on their feet as he propelled the first pitch of his at bat in the fourth inning for a home run into the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field, to give the team a 4-2 lead. His home run knocked Ervin Santana out of the game.
The Dominican Republic had a fast start as they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Manny Machado got on base on a throwing error by Brandon Crawford and was driven in on Robinson Cano’s double to left field. Cano could touch home plate when Carlos Santana singled on a sharp line drive to right field.
Despite the early runs given up, Patrick Duffy pitched a great game, limiting the Dominicans to six hits in for innings.
The two teams with the most stars on their roster made a great game out of it. After the USA had taken the 4-2, the Dominicans cut the US lead in half in the seventh inning on Robinson Cano’s solo home run off Tyler Clippard.
One play that needs to be mentioned was the game saving play by Adam Jones, who robbed his Orioles’ teammate Manny Machado of a home run with a leaping grab against the right-center field wall, preserving the US lead. Without this play, Robinson Cano’s home run would have been the game tier. A beautiful gesture by Machado was when he tipped his hat to his teammate Jones after the stunning play.
With this win, the USA will make a historic second trip to the semi-finals, where it will face the winner of group E, Japan. Both teams will tee off on Tuesday night (US time, Wednesday morning, European time).