Trea Turner’s eighth inning of the Grand Slam took Team USA to World Baseball Classic semi-finals
The United States was in for a major disappointment, but Trea Turner quickly turned the tide.
The current Philadelphia Phillies star 2-0 down two fields in the eighth blew up a Grand Slam that ended up winning the game and sent Team USA to the World Baseball Classic.
The United States defeated the Venezuelans 4-0, 9-7.
Team USA got off to a hot start as their first five batters of the ball play got hit and it was 3-0 USA before they even called an out.
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But Venezuela quickly hit the board – as the home team in the game (and despite the fact that the game was played in Miami, the audience accurately showed that it was a home game for the South American country), defending champion Luis Arráez hit two goals. -run homer to make the score 3-2 in the first game.
The US scored at the top of fourth and fifth, but Venezuela made four attempts at the bottom of fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Arraes blew his second homer of the night in the sixth to get his squad up by two.
However, the U.S. did not load the bases, and José Quijada dropped a 407-foot bomb into left field shortly after a brisk celebration of getting out of the previous inning’s jam.
Turner lost his voice, screaming as he rounded the bases, and his teammates surrounded him at home plate as if it were a home run.
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Mike Trout recently said the WBC is the most fun he’s played in years – he was blown away by the double considering his Los Angeles Angels haven’t made the playoffs since 2014.
But the shortstop – the winner of the 2019 World Series – showed as much emotion as anyone could deliver on a baseball diamond – not bad for a “meaningless tournament.”
“It was electrified. It was really fun. I really don’t know what I did. I feel like I’ve passed out,” Turner said after the game.
After the game, Turner said it was the best hit of his career.
Again, this comes from the World Series champion who is currently playing “fake games”.
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The US will return to the diamond on Sunday to take on Team Cuba in the semi-finals. If they win, they will face either Japan (2006 and 2009 champions) or Mexico (whom they lost to in pool) for a chance to defend their title from 2017.