United States 15
8:00 PM ET, March 8, 2009
|W:||M. Lindstrom (1-0)|
|L:||V. Zambrano (0-1)|
U.S. turns up offense to rout Venezuela in WBC
TORONTO -- The World Baseball Classic has been a blast so far for the United States.Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer, Adam Dunn and Ryan Braun added solo shots and the United States powered its way into the second round of the WBC by beating Venezuela 15-6 on Sunday night.Chris Iannetta and Mark DeRosa each had four RBIs and Youkilis scored four times for Team USA, which broke it open with an eight-run sixth inning and finished with 16 hits."With that lineup, I don't see why we shouldn't have a few of those innings a night," Dunn said. "It was a lot of fun, but I don't think it was very unexpected on our side."Every U.S. starter had at least one hit except for third baseman Chipper Jones, lifted in the sixth because of a mild strain on his side. Jones, 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in the WBC, will be evaluated again Monday.
Nelson: U.S. handles it
Team USA has taken two different routes to its two wins at the WBC, writes Amy Nelson. Story
• Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched six scoreless innings and struck out eight batters with zero walks as Japan handed Cuba its first loss of this year's tournament. He's 5-0 all-time in WBC play.
• In Matsuzaka's 61 career MLB starts, he's never had a final line of at least six scoreless innings with zero walks and at least eight strikeouts.
• This was the first time the Cubans have been shut out in 12 games at the World Baseball Classic.
-- ESPN research
Venezuelan fans jeered loudly when Victoria Mata, the country's Minister for Sport, threw out the first pitch. ... U.S. manager Davey Johnson said before the game that coach Barry Larkin is responsible for splitting playing time between Jeter and Jimmy Rollins at shortstop. Jeter started Saturday but was replaced in the fifth, with the reverse happening Sunday. ... Rollins was picked off second after a leadoff double in the first, the second time in two days he's been thrown out on the bases. ... Lopez went 3-for-4 with three doubles, matching a WBC record.
|3rd||M Mora singled to center, M Scutaro scored, G Blanco to second.||0||1|
|4th||M DeRosa tripled to deep left center, K Youkilis and A Dunn scored.||2||1|
|4th||R Hernandez grounded out to shortstop, C Guillen scored, J Lopez to third.||2||2|
|4th||G Blanco singled to right, J Lopez scored, M Scutaro to third.||2||3|
|6th||M DeRosa walked, K Youkilis scored, D Wright to third, A Dunn to second.||3||3|
|6th||C Iannetta doubled to deep center, D Wright, A Dunn and M DeRosa scored, C Iannetta to third advancing on throw.||6||3|
|6th||D Pedroia doubled to left, C Iannetta and D Jeter scored.||8||3|
|6th||K Youkilis homered to left, D Pedroia scored.||10||3|
|6th||C Guillen homered to right.||10||4|
|6th||M Scutaro grounded into double play, second to shortstop to first, J Lopez scored, R Hernandez out at second.||10||5|
|7th||A Dunn homered to right.||11||5|
|8th||M DeRosa hit sacrifice fly to right, K Youkilis scored, D Wright to third.||12||5|
|8th||C Iannetta singled to center, D Wright scored, S Victorino to second.||13||5|
|8th||C Granderson singled to right, S Victorino scored, C Iannetta to third.||14||5|
|9th||R Braun homered to left.||15||5|
|9th||M Mora reached on infield single to shortstop, G Blanco scored.||15||6|
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|Umpires:||Home Plate - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Carlos Rey, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Minoru Nakamura|