Colorado Rockies represent in nail bitting WBC matchup with Puerto Rico
By Ben Macaluso
Here are three things you need to know about the Colorado Rockies on March 18.
Rockies represent in WBC
The United States played Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic falling 6-5 in a wild second round matchup in San Diego. The U.S. was resilient after Puerto Rico got six straight hits to score four runs in the first inning. The U.S. team brought it closer to 4-3 after Buster Posey and Adam Jones both hit home runs.
Nolan Arenado had a mixed night at the ballpark. He hit a double to lead off the second inning and Eric Hosmer singled to drive in the first run for the U.S. Arenado also singled in the sixth. He should have had another double but Carlos Correa made a phenomenal diving catch. Unfortunately Arenado made a throwing error to first after a tough hop allowing Puerto Rico to score two runs.
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Arenado walked to start a ninth inning rally for Team USA. Eric Hosmer singled but Edwin Diaz struck out Posey and Paul Goldschmidt. Brandon Crawford hit a triple which on further review should have been the last out of the game. It didn’t matter though as Josh Harrison struck out to end the game.
Jake McGee warmed up for Team USA but never got into the game. Carlos Gonzalez and the Venezuelan team played Thursday night in a 3-0 defeat to the Dominican Republic. Gonzalez went 1-3.
Musgrave makes strong case for rotation
Back in Arizona, Harrison Musgrave made a impressive start in a rare Spring Training game under the lights. The Rockies took on the Giants. Musgrave went three innings only giving up one hit and no runs with two strikeouts.
Musgrave hasn’t pitched in the majors. With Chris Rusin being injured, Musgrave could make a run at making the team through the bullpen. Either way, it is promising to see a young lefty step up after so many injury setbacks to the club.
Happy St. Patricks Day
The Rockies had some fun on St. Patricks Day. Check out some of the holiday tweets the team put together.
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