US starter Marcus Stroman threw 42/3 scoreless innings, but his replacement, Roark, allowed Machado's homer and Santana's two-run single. If you're not buying into the intrigue for a game played on March 11 in a tournament that doesn't feature NCAA teams, at least consider this: There may be more talent on the field for this game than any other this season. "I was jumping up and down, I didn't know what to do". The thousands of loud and raucous Dominican fans at sold-out Marlins Park danced and hugged in the joy of the moment.
Team USA's 2013 tournament began with a surprising 5-2 loss to Mexico in which Team Mexico jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on US starter R.A. Dickey, which Yovani Gallardo and a parade of Mexican relievers managed to make hold up.
On defense, there was this notable miscommunication between Marte and Cruz. And not that the US has to prove it's good at this game, but it hasn't fared well in the tournament, finishing fourth in 2009 and failing to make the semifinals in either 2006 or 2013. Two outs, runners on second and third, down 2-1 against a team that were viewed to be just a warmup game for the Americans.
Canada opened the scoring in the first inning when Freddie Freeman hit a line drive single to left field that scored Justin Morneau. If the US can win one of the next two, they will probably advance to the next round.
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Wayne Rooney, another highly-skilful street footballer, would have backed himself on that surface in a way Pogba never did. I'm happy to score and we were happy to lead, but unfortunately we conceded and everything changed with their goal.
"I had zero idea what he likes to do, where he hits the ball, what he's going for", Miller said.
Machado, the Baltimore Orioles' All-Star and Brito Miami Private School graduate, hit a majestic, 435-foot solo homer and shouted "Vamos!" which means, "Let's Go" in Spanish, to the Dominican dugout as he trotted around first base. He proceeded to wrap a three-run home run around the foul pole in left field to give the Dominicans a 6-5 lead.
An out later, Marte homered for the final 7-5 margin. Miller had hadn't allowed four runs in relief since August 2012 - before, as Yahoo's Jeff Passan tweeted, he reached his current dominance.
"It does kind of have a playoff-type atmosphere, because the instant they get a base hit, their crowd starts going insane".
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Team USA tacked on another run with a wild pitch by Columbia right-hander William Cuevas to finish the sixth, but the score remained knotted 2-2 until the 10th inning. They can win Pool C on Sunday and remain undefeated with a win over Colombia. And if Colombia could hold onto its lead and pull off one of the bigger upsets in tournament history, the next task for Team USA would be a must-win game against the powerhouse Dominican Republic, the defending WBC champions, just 24 hours later. The best-case scenario for the U.S.is to beat Canada and hope the Dominicans beat Colombia.
This was the marquee matchup of the 2017 WBC and it lived up to the hype. And one more game would be necessary Monday. Two Pool D games are scheduled between Team Italy and Venezuela (3 PM EDT) and Team Mexico and Puerto Rico (9:30 PM EDT) as well.
USA catcher Jonathan Lucroy had described this matchup as having the same intensity as a playoff game, citing that it represents a clash of baseball cultures.
Third baseman Manny Machado, playing the first game that counted representing his parents' homeland - and in his native city to boot - said the vibe in the game went beyond what he expected. "Those are the kind of environments you live to play for as a player, that playoff-type environment. It's hard to shut them down but Marcus set the tone and I didn't follow up".
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Papi, who played for Dominican Republic when they won the 2013 World Baseball Classic, shouts in the video.