Team USA was the latest squad to provide some late-inning drama in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night. Trailing 2-1 entering the eighth inning of the second-round opener against Venezuela, the U.S. bats finally got to work.
Adam Jones – the hero in Team USA’s walk-off win over Colombia in first-round play Friday night – tied it up with a solo shot to lead off the inning. The San Diego native came up huge again in front of his hometown fans at Petco Park on Wednesday.
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And then Eric Hosmer provided the eventual game-winning shot:
Next up for the U.S. is a matchup against Puerto Rico on Friday night, followed by a first-round rematch on Saturday night against the Dominican Republic, which handed the Americans their only loss in the tournament so far (a thrilling 7-5 comeback win this past Saturday).