Trea Turner’s grand slam leads US to comeback win in WBC
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MIAMI — Trea Turner hit a go-ahead grand slam within the eighth inning that lifted america over Venezuela 9-7 Saturday evening and into the World Baseball Basic semifinals.
The defending champion Group USA will face Cuba on Sunday evening for a spot within the WBC championship.
Venezuela second baseman and Houston Astros star Jose Altuve left the sport within the fifth with a proper hand harm after he was hit by a pitch from Daniel Bard.
The Astros mentioned there can be an replace on his standing Sunday.
Trailing 7-5, america loaded the bases within the eighth on a stroll, single and hit by pitch in opposition to shedding pitcher Jose Quijada.
Silvino Bracho relieved after which Turner, the ninth batter within the U.S. lineup, despatched his 0-2 changeup 407 toes to deep left area for the third grand slam in Group USA historical past.
David Bednar, the fifth U.S. pitcher, obtained the win. Ryan Pressly obtained three outs for the save.
Luis Arraez, taking part in the ballpark that he’ll quickly name dwelling with the Miami Marlins, hit two dwelling runs for Venezuela.
The U.S. group boasts a roster of huge names that many picked to repeat as WBC champions.
All 9 batters in Group USA’s lineup are all-stars, together with Los Angeles Dodgers proper fielder Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Angels middle fielder Mike Trout, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado.
America is within the prime six within the event in batting common (.296), RBIs (34) and hits (48), and each U.S. starter had a success Saturday evening.
Venezuela took a 6-5 lead in a four-run fifth after Ronald Acuña Jr.’s sacrifice fly to deep middle area.
Salvador Perez drove within the tying run with a line-drive double that sneaked simply contained in the left-field foul line.
Arraez hit a two-run drive to proper area within the first, his first dwelling run in his new dwelling park, and added one other within the seventh to present Venezuela a two-run lead. Arraez, the reigning AL batting champion, was traded to the WBC host Miami Marlins this offseason after 4 seasons in Minnesota.
Bard changed starter U.S. starter Lance Lynn with a three-run lead within the fifth and loaded the bases with two walks, an infield hit and a success by pitch that injured Altuve.
Bard was pulled after Gleyber Torres scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3. Venezuela added its final three runs in opposition to Jason Adam, who managed to get out of the inning in 10 pitches.
Group USA hit 5 straight singles to start out the sport. Betts led off the primary with an infield single, then the speedster raced from first to 3rd on Trout’s single, forcing a throwing error by Acuña to attain.
Kyle Tucker additionally hit a homer for the U.S.