Anthony Santander continued his tear on the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday in Venezuela’s win over Nicaragua.
After homering in Venezuela’s first two video games, the Orioles proper fielder reached base in all 4 of his plate appearances within the 4-1 victory at LoanDepot Park in Miami. He ended the day 2-for-2 with an RBI double and two walks.
Venezuela is now 3-0 in Pool D, and Santander is a foremost cause why. The 28-year-old is slashing .455/.538/1.273 with two dwelling runs, a triple, a double and 5 RBIs. He began the match as Venezuela’s No. 7 hitter, however his scorching scorching bat earned him a promotion to the cleanup spot.
Santander homered within the first inning of Venezuela’s WBC opener Saturday in opposition to the Dominican Republic’s Sandy Alcántara, the Miami Marlins ace who gained the National League Cy Young Award final season. He then hit a three-run blast Sunday in opposition to Puerto Rico’s José Berríos, a starter for the Toronto Blue Jays.
His RBI double Tuesday afternoon off Nicaragua’s Osman Gutierrez, a former Blue Jays and Marlins minor leaguer, was an insurance coverage run within the fifth to present Venezuela a three-run benefit.
Cedric Mullins data first WBC hit
Cedric Mullins noticed how a lot enjoyable Santander was having and determined to hitch in Monday night time.
The Orioles heart fielder roped an RBI triple for his first hit on the WBC within the United States’ nine-run first inning in its 12-1 win over Canada. Mullins, 28, ended the night time 1-for-3 out of the No. 9 gap.
The victory, which improved Team USA to 2-1 in Pool C, was Mullins’ first begin. He pinch ran and flied out in Team USA’s loss to Mexico on Sunday.
Minor leaguer pitches scoreless inning vs. Puerto Rico
On Saturday, Orioles minor league pitcher Ryan Long held his personal for Great Britain, permitting one run in 1 2/3 innings in opposition to a stacked Team USA lineup. He allowed a house run to Philadelphia Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber, however he struck out Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout.
On Monday, it was Daniel Federman’s flip. In Israel’s 10-0 loss to Puerto Rico, Federman was the one Israeli pitcher to throw a scoreless inning, retiring the facet so as on simply 9 pitches. All three gamers he compelled to floor out — Johneshwy Fargas, Nelson Velázquez and Vimael Machín — appeared within the majors final 12 months.
Federman, a 24-year-old right-hander, break up his 2022 season between Low-A Delmarva and High-A Aberdeen. He posted a 5.58 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 71 innings.
Puerto Rico pitched an eight-inning excellent recreation, which ended due to the mercy rule. Timonium native Spencer Horwitz, who hit an RBI single and scored the successful run in Israel’s victory over Nicaragua on Saturday, went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Horwitz is a minor leaguer within the Blue Jays’ system.
Federman may pitch in opposition to Santander on Wednesday, as Israel and Venezuela face off of their Pool D finales. Israel’s third WBC recreation is Tuesday night time in opposition to the Dominican Republic.
After a break day Tuesday, Mullins and Team USA play Colombia at 10 p.m. Wednesday. A win would ship Team USA to the quarterfinals.
Long and Great Britain play of their remaining WBC recreation Tuesday at 10 p.m. versus Mexico.