Stanton, Jones send U.S. to semifinals
SAN DIEGO — The United States is going to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time thanks to another impressive home run by Giancarlo Stanton at Petco Park and a spectacular catch at the fence by hometown favorite Adam Jones.
Stanton hit a go-ahead, tworun shot into the third-level balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the leftfield corner in the fourth inning and Jones robbed Orioles teammate Manny Machado of a home run in the seventh to help the Americans beat the Dominican Republic 6-3 late Saturday night, eliminating the defending champions.
Team USA will face Japan on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium for a spot in the championship game.
Stanton’s homer gave the United States a 4-2 lead and put a charge into the sellout crowd of 43,002.
Three innings later, Jones leaped and reached over the fence in the deepest part of the park, just right of center, to rob Machado of a home run. Machado tipped his helmet to Jones.
“I’m still in kind of shock that I even got to that ball,” said Jones, who played at Morse High about 8 miles east of Petco Park in downtown.
Robinson Cano then homered to left to pull the Dominican Republic to 4-3.
Andrew McCutchen gave Team USA some breathing room with a two-run double in the eighth.
This is the second time in four editions of the WBC that the U.S. has advanced to the semifinals. It lost to Japan in 2009.
AROUND THE MAJORS
Boston: Red Sox LHP Drew Pomeranz was forced to leave the game early due to triceps tightness. He lasted just two innings. He said he didn’t think the trouble was anything serious.
Cleveland: Indians RHP Cody Anderson will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the 2017 season. The 26-year-old made nine starts for Cleveland last season. Also, second baseman Jason Kipnis is still four to five weeks away from playing in a game because of shoulder inflammation.
Miami: Marlins 3B Martin Prado is expected to miss the start of the regular season after straining his right hamstring playing for Team Venezuela. Prado injured his hamstring running out a ground ball in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss to Team USA.