United States with an edge of your seat start wins 3-2 in extras
This was the first game United States played in the World Baseball Classic and it was an exciting one to start. The game went into extra innings against Columbia eventually winning 3-2. The winning hit came off a tenth inning single into left-center from Adam Jones that allowed Christian Yelich to score. To make it even more fun there was two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the tenth.
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“It’s the game that everybody circled on their calendar,” Jones said. ” It’s going to be a sold-out crowd, and I’m expecting Noise throughout all nine innings. Both teams are stacked top to bottom – defensively, offensively, pitching staff. This is what people are paying their good money for.”
Adam Jones collected the second hit of the game, after he smoked a double that scored the first run for the US in the sixth. Before this inning, we saw a real pitchers duel. Jose Quintana was carrying a no hitter with two outs in that inning.
Chris Archer, who started for the United States, fired four perfect innings against Columbia. Leyland had to use five relievers in this game. Not wanting to push Archer past four innings. He only threw 41 pitches. This happened at the request of the Rays.