Tuesday, March 17, 2009

USA rally eliminates Puerto Rico, Montoyo

The United States scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth tonight to beat Puerto Rico 6-5 and eliminate the Puerto Ricans from the World Baseball Classic. The Americans advance to the WBC semifinals in Los Angeles.

Former Biscuits manager Charlie Montoyo is Puerto Rico's third-base coach. He hasn't been to Los Angeles since his son Alex was released from the UCLA Medical Center a year ago (a year ago last weekend, in fact).

U.S. third baseman David Wright hit a game-ending two-run single. The Americans, after losing Chipper Jones to an injury, will need another third baseman for the semifinals -- and Evan Longoria is a probable choice.

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