Leave it up to Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones to save Team USA from what would have been a humbling defeat to Canada in the World Baseball Classic. With Team USA down 3-2 after seven innings, Jones doubled to put the Stars and Stripes ahead before they absolutely exploded in the final two frames. Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer‘s three-run double in the ninth sealed the deal for the United States, concluding a third consecutive come-from-behind win in the World Baseball Classic.
Canada was naturally playing with a lot of emotion after their brawl with Mexico in the previous round, but Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips pointed out that his Team USA teammates knew what was at stake, saying the loss “would have been embarrassing.” That’s no disrespect to Canada, but Phillips also pointed out that baseball started in the United States and its players want to be the first American team to win the World Baseball Classic.
Coming from behind for three straight wins doesn’t bode will for manager Joe Torre‘s team heading into the next round against Puerto Rico in Miami on Tuesday night. The players are calling this win over Canada “unbelievable,” “emotional” and “incredible” but those high emotions can only carry a team so far. Team USA is going to have to come out strong against Puerto Rico to ensure a win instead of relying on a late-game rally.
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