Trea Turner’s grand slam leads USA to WBC comeback victory
MIAMI (AP) — Trea Turner hit a go-ahead grand slam within the eighth inning that lifted the US previous Venezuela 9-7 on Saturday evening and into the semifinals of the World Baseball Basic.
Defending champion Workforce USA will face Cuba on Sunday evening for a spot within the WBC championship.
Venezuela second baseman and Houston Astros star José Altuve left the sport within the fifth with a proper hand harm after being hit by a pitch from Daniel Bard.
The Astros stated there could be an replace on his standing on Sunday.
Down 7-5, the US loaded the bases within the eighth on a stroll, single and hit by pitch in opposition to shedding pitcher José Quijada.
Silvino Bracho relieved after which Turner, the ninth hitter within the US lineup, despatched his 0-2 407-foot changeout to deep left discipline for the third grand slam in Workforce USA historical past.
David Bednar, the fifth American pitcher, earned the win. Ryan Pressly bought three outs for the save.
Luis Arraez, taking part in within the stadium he’ll quickly name dwelling with the Miami Marlins, hit two dwelling runs for Venezuela.
Workforce USA boasts an inventory of huge names that many have chosen to repeat as WBC champions.
All 9 hitters in Workforce USA’s lineup are stars, together with Los Angeles Dodgers proper fielder Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Angels heart fielder Mike Trout, Cardinals first baseman St. Louis, Paul Goldschmidt, and Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado.
The US ranks within the high six within the event in batting common (.296), RBI (34) and hits (48), with each US starter having a success on Saturday evening.
Venezuela took a 6-5 lead in a four-run fifth after Ronald Acuña Jr.’s sacrifice fly to deep heart discipline.
Salvador Pérez drove within the tying run with a liner double that went simply contained in the left-field foul line.
Arraez hit a two-run dwelling run to proper discipline within the first inning, his first dwelling run in his new ballpark, and added one other within the seventh inning to present Venezuela a two-run lead. Arraez, the reigning American League batting champion, was traded to the WBC host Miami Marlins this offseason after 4 seasons in Minnesota.
Bard changed American starter Lance Lynn with a three-run lead within the fifth and loaded the bases with two walks, an infield hit and a hit-by-pitch that injured Altuve.
Bard was pulled after Gleyber Torres scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3. Venezuela added their final three runs in opposition to Jason Adam, who managed to depart the inning on 10 pitches.
Workforce USA hit 5 straight singles to begin the sport. Betts led off the primary with an infield single, then the speedster ran from first to 3rd on Trout’s single, forcing Acuña’s throwing error for the rating.
Kyle Tucker additionally hit a house run for the USA.