The United States beat the Dominican Republic 6-3 on Saturday at Petco Park to clinch a berth in the WBC semifinals at Dodger Stadium. The problem is Puerto Rico's pitchers weren't giving up anything. The answer, obviously, is hair.
After Stanton's bomb gave the USA the lead, its lineup could not gain any traction against the Dominican bullpen, allowing its rival to remain in the game.
Either that, or the entire team has a bad case of dandruff.
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In the seventh inning, US center fielder Adam Jones preserved the victory with an iconic moment of his own.
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Three innings later, San Diego native Adam Jones made a spectacular, leaping catch over the fence in the deepest part of the park in right-centre to rob Baltimore Orioles teammate Manny Machado of a home run.
Giancarlo Stanton put the USA up for good with a monster two-run home run in the fourth inning.
Stanton showed that his bat in his hands - no matter the history, no matter the location on the lineup card - has the potential to re-position fates, like it did on his two-run blast in the United States' 6-3 victory over the powerhouse Dominican Republic.
"My grandmother looked at me and said, 'If you say no, I might disown you, ' " Aviles said.
Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer and Angel Pagan added a double and two singles. Now that we're out of pool play, we don't have to worry about the complicated tiebreaking process.
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The situation seemed harmless enough: Two outs preceded a seemingly benign single as the No. 8 hitter limping through the World Baseball Classic at a.100 clip dug in.
"The atmosphere was great", US right fielder Andrew McCutchen said. The victor will advance to the final, and will face the victor of Tuesday's game between the United States and Japan.
The victory means the USA will play Japan in a semi-final at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday, with Puerto Rico and the Netherlands in the other last-four clash at the same venue on Monday. Two batters later, it was 2-0 after an RBI single by Carlos Santana. Crawford threw out Nelson Cruz trying to score on Starling Marte's grounder, though. Stanton scored on Ian Kinsler's forceout at second.
Gregory Polanco singled and Welington Castillo doubled to open the second before Danny Duffy retired the side. After allowing a leadoff hit to Machado, Pat Neshek was summoned to face Cano. Now, the team has bounced the pre-event favorite, a Dominican team had won 12 of its previous 13 WBC games.
Anyone who witnessed the United States win over the Dominican Republic can easily determine why this competition is called the World Baseball Classic. He struck out one and walked one.
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Lugo, going 5 2/3 innings, kept USA's offense in check by yielding five hits and three runs.
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