Team USA beat Venezuela in the quarterfinal round of the World Baseball Classic in one of the most exciting baseball games in recent memory on Saturday. USA got out to an early lead, before Valenzuela battled back, and took a 7-5 lead into the 8th inning. Then, the Americans loaded the bases with nobody out, bringing up former Dodger shortstop Trea Turner. He didn’t miss.
Turner smoked an 0-2 pitch to left field for a grand slam, turning the game on its head, and putting USA in a position to win. The emotion he and the entire American team let out said it all.
Tons of MLB’ers took to Twitter to shoutout Turner for his enormous grand slam, including a few of his former teammates. One of them was none other than Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux, someone Turner called his son last season. That’s why, in Lux’s message, he called him “pops.”
Turner’s moment was one of the biggest home runs in the tournament’s history, and one he called the biggest hit of his life. I can’t imagine there are many hits that could possibly top that one.
USA is onto the semifinals, where they have a date with Cuba. That game is Sunday at 4:00 p.m. PST.
This tournament has been incredible to watch up until this point. I’m sure these last few games will continue to bring the excitement.
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