Miller’s last outing was a total shellacking at the hands of the Dominican Republic when he allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning, including home runs off the bats of Nelson Cruz and Starling Marte.
Cabrera went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Thursday.
The victor of the game will move on to the next round, the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.
Pool F Game 6: United States vs.
Going into a must-win game against the Dominican Republic, Andrew McCutchen’s first World Baseball Classic experience hadn’t been very memorable. United States of America advances to the semifinals for the second time (2009).
The game had no bearing on the semi-final match-ups, with Puerto Rico (6-0) already locked in to a final-four encounter with the Netherlands.
Seth Lugo earned the victory for Puerto Rico for 5 2/3 innings of work in which he surrendered three runs and five hits. “We’re a confident team and we’re playing really well”. We act like kids.
“We pushed the envelope a few times with runners in scoring position, but we weren’t able to drive it in”, he said.
A career.293 hitter over 10 major league seasons, Prado hit.305 and drove in 75 runs for the Marlins last season. The two then pulled a double steal. Chacin slapped his glove in celebration as he headed to the dugout.
Danny Duffy makes his second start for Team USA on Saturday.
“We are having fun and staying together”, he said.
USA starter Marcus Stroman struggled out of the gate, allowing 4 runs in the first inning that ultimately proved to be too much to come back from. Fernando Abad (1-0) came on and got Ender Inciarte to ground into a double play.
“We beat a great team and held down a great lineup”. Those numbers suddenly felt more relevant than the 1-for-14 mark against Dominican pitcher Ervin Santana that vanished into the San Diego night. Three of the four hits he allowed went for extra bases. One run was unearned due to Crawford’s throwing error at shortstop. On one in the sixth inning, Machado charged into foul territory to snag a fair ball and in one motion turned and fired to first. Carlos Santana singled in Cano. While both sides seemingly have only minor motivations going in, the game should be a good one as both sides will be motivated, nonetheless. The Dominicans were 12-1 in their last 13 WBC games, including a 7-5 victory over the US a week ago in Miami.