United States of America beats Columbia 3-2 in World Baseball Classic walk-off

  • United States of America beats Columbia 3-2 in World Baseball Classic walk-off

United States of America beats Columbia 3-2 in World Baseball Classic walk-off

The Dominican Republic started their comeback in the bottom of the sixth off with two runs off Tanner Roark, including a monster solo home run by Manny Machado for the Dominican Republic's first run.

"I was like a little kid", Cruz said after the game. Cruz and Marte almost collided with one another on an Adam Jones fly ball into the gap. This was a big win for the Dominican Republic as they finish off pool play with Colombia, knowing they have already advanced while the United States faces a must-win game against a scrappy Canada team.

Miller, who entered the game with a two-run lead, was unable to summon the mastery that made him a postseason magician for Cleveland last October. After plunking Bautista, Carlos Santana singled bringing up Nelson Cruz. Marlins management hopes many of them will return when Volquez is on the mound for Miami in the regular season.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia secured the victory with a flawless ninth and did an imitation of teammate Fernando Rodney's arrow shot on the mound as his teammates poured on to the field to celebrate.

Colorado Rockies player Nolan Arenado beat out a throw to first base on a strikeout wild pitch. "He kept his pitch count low". Kinsler scored as the ball rolled to the wall, and after advancing to third on the play, Jones scored when Yelich dropped a single into left field. But against the Dominican Republic, that wasn't enough. Miller had hadn't allowed four runs in relief since August 2012 - before, as Yahoo's Jeff Passan tweeted, he reached his current dominance.

"Obviously, I've had a lot of good moments with the Orioles playing against Major League Baseball teams, but this one, playing against countries, obviously, everything is individualized from country to country, this ranks up there pretty high", Jones said. Leyland ranks 15th on the all-time list among MLB managers with 1,769 wins, was named NL Manager of the Year in 1990 and 1992 and the Manager of the Year in 2006, led the Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997 and the Tigers to American League pennants in 2006 and 2012. It came a game early in this tournament, but nonetheless represented a one-game playoff to put one of those two powerhouses into the final. The US have never won the tournament.

With the DR 2-0, United States of America and Colombia 1-1 and Canada 0-2, a Colombia win over the DR could present a three-way tie if the US wins as well. The U.S. plays Canada, with Danny Duffy expected to start, while Colombia plays the Dominican Republic. A tiebreaker, starting with fewest runs allowed, would be required if three teams finished 2-1 or 1-2. Let's break down each scenario based on what happens in the U.S.

Aside from all that, I'm just happy the game lived up to the hype.

Also, bear in mind that if the game goes longer than nine innings, that changes the calculation. USA fans were far outnumbered in the stands, not shocking in a city that is a gateway to the Caribbean.

"It's going to be an insane environment", he had said to the Dallas Morning News.