Stan­ton, Jones send U.S. to semi­fi­nals

The Dallas Morning News - - BASEBALL -

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.


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.

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