United States Rallies for Victory Against Venezuela

Felix Hernandez quieted the United States bats for five innings, allowing just three hits. The United States, down 2-0 began to come alive against the Venezuela bullpen. They scored their first run in the seventh inning after an error by third basemen Roughned Odor put runners on first and second. Odor normally plays second base but with Jose Altuve on the team that position was not available. He had made an error the previous inning. Two fly balls into the outfield scored Eric Hosmer from second, who initially had reached on an infield single on a ball deflected by Odor.

In the eighth inning Venezuela put Yangervis Solarte at third and brought in Hector Rondon to pitch. Adam Jones led off the inning and greeted a Rondon offering deep over the centerfield fence to tie the game at 2-2. Christian Yelich singled and with one out Hosmer sent the first pitch he saw from Rondon over the right centerfield fence for a two run homer. The United States would get two more hits and a walk in the inning to load the bases. Bruce Rondon, no relation to Hector, was called on to get the last out, striking out Ian Kinsler.

Luke Gregerson came on to get the save. He issued a one out walk to Miguel Cabrera but then got Victor Martinez to ground into a double play.

Venezuela scored first in the third inning when Carlos Gonzalez singled and Robinson Chirinos bunted for a single, Drew Smyly throwing the ball away to advance Gonzalez to third. Ender Inciarte hit the sacrifice fly to score Gonzalez from third.

In the seventh Roughned Odor mashed a solo shot with two out to put Venezuela up 2-0. In the bottom inning Odor gave that run back with his error.

The United States would get all three of their hits against Felix Hernandez in the third inning. Jonathan Lucroy, Alex Bregman and Ian Kinsler all singled to load the bases with one out. Adam Jones would ground into a double play to end the inning. Jones would avenge this out with a solo shot in the eighth to tie the game.

Drew Smyly was quite effective, striking out the last six Venezuelan batters he faced. He struck out the side in the fifth inning and was replaced in the sixth after retiring the first two hitters. He struck out eight for the game. A crowd of 16,635 attended the game. Venezuela next battles the Dominican Republic with the loser probably eliminated from advancing to the final four. The United States will battle Puerto Rico, the team that eliminated them from the final four in the 2013 WBC.

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