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Team USA keeps hope alive with 6-2 victory over Italy

Mar 10, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

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David Wright hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of tonight’s contest that resulted in a 6-2 victory for the U.S. over Italy, keeping their hopes alive in Pool D. The U.S. had stayed within striking distance of Italy, trailing 2-1 entering the fifth.

Italy scored twice, once in each of the first and second innings. In the first, U.S. starter Ryan Vogelsong uncorked a wild pitch with two outs, allowing Mike Costanzo to score from third base. In the second, Tyler LaTorre singled with two outs and scored on an Anthony Granato double.

The U.S. chipped away in the fourth after Italy replaced starter Luca Panerati with Marco Grifantini. Ryan Braun led off the inning with a single and quickly touched home on a Joe Mauer double to left. Grifantini lost control in the fifth, walking Adam Jones to lead off the inning, then surrendering a single to Jonathan Lucroy to put runners on first and second. Matt Torra came in to attempt to extinguish the flames, but with one out, Brandon Phillips singled to right to drive in Jones and tie the game. Joe Mauer walked with two outs to load the bases for David Wright, who fouled off a couple pitches before squaring up a change-up, promptly deposited beyond the fence in left-center. The U.S. went up 6-2 and never lost control from there.

Jeremy Affeldt tossed one scoreless inning of relief after Vogelsong’s exit, then Ross Detwiler threw four shut-out innings to close out the game and the victory for his team.

The win brings the U.S. to 1-1 in Pool D, tied with Canada. Italy has already clinched a berth in the second round, but seeding will be determined by run differential. The U.S. and Canada will play for the right to advance tomorrow at 4 PM ET.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    “Yawn”

  2. mscott4 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Team Italy played well again and has been a huge surprise for me. Not much they could do once Wright hit the GS though. Hopefully USA can pull out a win tomorrow in what should be a tough game.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:51 AM

      Next up for the USA is a team with a lot of “grit”, 2 former MVP’s and a minor league starting pitcher who is one of the best prospects in baseball.

  3. louhudson23 - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    “Wow,sounds and looks like baseball to me”….said the baseball fan….

  4. mj1818 - Mar 10, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Sounds like a bad episode of jersey shore.

    • abaird2012 - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Was there a good episode?

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      You watch Jersey Shore?

  5. 13arod - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    David wright is such a clucth hitter nobody knows how to get him out

  6. glennsyank13 - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Vogelsong and Affeldt. Over-hyped prospects turned decent players after all these years….

  7. seattlenative57 - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    And to further boost non-interest in the WBC, ESPN broadcasts Puerto Rico vs Dominican Republic.

  8. jwbiii - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Meanwhile in Tokyo, Japan beats the Netherlands to advance to the medal round. They still have to play the winner of Cuba/Netherlands for seeding purposes.

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