Puerto Rico 5
United States 6
7:00 PM ET, March 17, 2009
|W:||J. Broxton (1-0)|
|L:||J. Romero (1-1)|
U.S. eliminates Puerto Rico, reaches semis with 3-run rally in 9th
MIAMI -- Hobbled and humbled in the World Baseball Classic, Team USA is still swinging.
Nelson: One To Remember
Felix Perez, who showed up with a ticket for Team USA's WBC game against Puerto Rico, ended up being part of the celebration after the U.S. finished a dramatic 6-5 win, writes Amy K. Nelson. Story
• David Wright's two-run single capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as the United States advanced to the WBC semifinals for the first time.
• Wright has six career regular-season walk-off hits for the Mets, one shy of the club record. However, none of those came in a situation in which his team was trailing.
• Team USA prevailed despite batting just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 men on base.
• Puerto Rico was eliminated in the second round for the second straight time, finishing with a 4-2 record.
-- ESPN research
|2nd||A Rios homered to left.||1||0|
|2nd||B McCann hit sacrifice fly to left, D Wright scored, M DeRosa to second advancing on throw.||1||1|
|2nd||S Victorino singled to center, M DeRosa scored, S Victorino to second advancing on throw.||1||2|
|3rd||K Youkilis homered to left.||1||3|
|4th||C Delgado homered to center, I Rodriguez scored.||3||3|
|6th||A Rios singled to shallow center, I Rodriguez scored, C Delgado to second.||4||3|
|9th||R Vazquez singled to shallow center, A Rios scored.||5||3|
|9th||K Youkilis walked, S Victorino scored, B Roberts to third, J Rollins to second.||5||4|
|9th||D Wright singled to right, B Roberts and J Rollins scored, K Youkilis to second.||5||6|
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|Weather:||74 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Luis Ramirez, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Masato Tomoyose|