"Volqy did a great job and there is no question we have a great bullpen", Pena said. It also was very enthusiastic, especially for the Puerto Rico fans.
The United States and the Dominican Republic will play an elimination game Saturday night to fill out the field.
Gonzalez's Mexican team beat Venezuela 11-9 Sunday in Guadalajara, leaving both teams tied with Italy for second in Group D behind Puerto (3-0). The victor of tomorrow night's game between the USA and Dominican Republic will face Japan in the other semifinal on Tuesday. Lots of good Major League players, and thinking about a team with all these good players is exciting.
Puerto Rico (2-0) strung together six singles in a four-run first inning, and a throwing error by US third baseman Nolan Arenado gave them two unearned runs and a 6-3 lead in the sixth.
Things would get interesting in the top of the ninth inning, as Arenado walked and Hosmer singled to bring the tying run up with no outs. Crawford then tripled to the left-center field gap - replays showed he was probably out at third base - and the US trailed by a single run.
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Diaz then struck out Josh Harrison to end it and send the Puerto Ricans into a wild celebration on the infield. Backup catcher Roberto Perez carried a Puerto Rican flag with him onto the field.
The USA squad that rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Venezuela 4-2 on Wednesday night here, in its first game of the second round Pool F, has plenty of talent: Buster Posey, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, Giancarlo Stanton. and let's not forget Adam Jones, whose solo homer in the eighth tied the game, and Eric Hosmer, whose two-run shot put the US ahead. He is expected to start Venezuela's third game on Saturday against Puerto Rico. "You tip your hat to them". The U.S. was resilient after Puerto Rico got six straight hits to score four runs in the first inning. He is the manager of Team Puerto Rico, and he squirmed at the question of whether he would follow his players in allowing his hair to be dyed blonde. But the United States got a break when Eddie Rosario flew out to left field for the first out of the inning.
"It's fantastic that the guys that have been coming up to me saying, 'If you need me in right field, if you need me to catch, I'm able to, '" Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel said. "They're just going to stick to what they said, so it sounds like they didn't make a mistake".
HOCKEY: Members of the US women's team are willing to give up the chance to defend their world championship gold medal on home ice unless there is significant progress in settling a wage dispute that has dragged on for months. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for the save, allowing two bloop singles that put runners on the corners before striking out Alcides Escobar to end it. Daniel Murphy is back in as the U.S.A.'s DH after sitting out the last few games. Puerto Rico answered by scoring two runs on a throwing error by Nolan Arenado.