The United States was successful threat of a awesome disappointment, but Trea Turner flipped nan communicative quickly.
The now Philadelphia Phillies star, connected an 0-2 transportation down 2 successful nan eighth, blasted a expansive slam that proved to beryllium nan game-winner that sent Team USA to nan World Baseball Classic.
The United States defeated nan 4-0 Venezuelans, 9-7.
Team USA sewage disconnected to a basking start, arsenic their first 5 batters of nan ballgame each sewage a hit, and it was 3-0 USA earlier they moreover recorded an out.
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Trea Turner #8 of Team USA hits a expansive slam successful nan apical of nan 8th inning during nan 2023 World Baseball Classic Quarterfinal crippled betwixt Team USA and Team Venezuela astatine indebtedness Depot parkland connected March 18, 2023, successful Miami, Florida. (Gene Wang/Getty Images)
But Venezuela sewage connected nan committee quickly - arsenic nan location squad successful nan crippled (and, contempt nan crippled being played successful Miami, nan crowd judge showed it was a location crippled for nan South American country), defending batting champion Luis Arraez drilled a two-run homer to make it a 3-2 crippled successful nan first.
USA scored successful nan apical of nan 4th and fifth, but Venezuela put up 4 runs successful nan bottommost of nan 5th to return a 6-5 lead. Arraez blasted his 2nd homer of nan nighttime In nan sixth to put his squad up two.
However, nan U.S. loaded nan bases pinch nary out, and José Quijada, soon aft a lively ceremony to get retired of a jam nan erstwhile inning, surrendered nan 407-foot explosive to near field.
Members of Team USA observe aft Trea Turner #8 deed a expansive slam successful nan eighth inning during nan 2023 World Baseball Classic Quarterfinal crippled betwixt Team USA and Team Venezuela astatine loanDepot Park connected Saturday, March 18, 2023, successful Miami, Florida. (Rob Tringali/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Turner mislaid his sound screaming while rounding nan bases and was mobbed by his teammates astatine location sheet arsenic if it were a walk-off location run.
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Mike Trout precocious said nan WBC is nan astir nosy he's had playing successful years - he's been ripped for that take, considering his Los Angeles Angels haven't made nan postseason since 2014.
But nan shortstop - a World Series victor successful 2019 - showed arsenic overmuch emotion arsenic anyone could present connected a shot gem - not bad for a "meaningless tournament."
"It was electric. That was really fun. I don't really cognize what I did. I consciousness for illustration I blacked out," Turner said aft nan game.
After nan game, Turner said it was nan best deed of his career.
Again, that's coming from a World Series champion who is presently playing successful "fake games."
Trea Turner #8 of Team USA hits a expansive slam successful nan apical of nan 8th inning during nan 2023 World Baseball Classic Quarterfinal crippled betwixt Team USA and Team Venezuela astatine loanDepot parkland connected March 18, 2023, successful Miami, Florida. (Gene Wang/Getty Images)
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USA will beryllium backmost connected nan gem connected Sunday to spell against Team Cuba successful nan semifinals. With a victory, they will look either Japan (the 2006 and 2009 champs) aliases Mexico (whom they mislaid to successful excavation play) for a chance to take sides their title from 2017.