March 11, 2009

USA falls to Venezuela 5-3

Derek Jeter was thrown out at second base at the backend of an attempted double steal in the bottom of the ninth inning against Venezuela tonight.  Francisco Rodriguez struck out Kevin Youkilis on the next pitch to end the game, 5-3.

USA will play Puerto Rico on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Venezuela will play the Netherlands at 1 p.m. in Miami.

The teams have really gotten into this tournament.  The effort and desire to win is clearly visible, although probably more in the non-USA teams.  Poor Jeter has to hit third, right between two Red Sox players.  Before Youkilis struck out swinging, he looked at two fastballs right in his wheelhouse.

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