USA-Puerto Rico: Wright on Time to Send U.S. to Semis

Shashwat BaxiCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

It didn't look good. Team USA was down by two going into the bottom of the ninth inning. History, however, would not repeat itself for Team USA.

With the bases loaded and the U.S. squad down by one in the bottom of the ninth inning, Mets third baseman David Wright delivered a game-winning single into right field scoring Jimmy Rollins and Brian Roberts.

The victory for Team USA sends them into the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic and consequentially eliminates Team Puerto Rico.

It didn't look good for Team USA, but they came through in the clutch.

In the ninth, Shane Victorino and Brian Roberts hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. After Derek Jeter flew out to right field, Jimmy Rollins and Kevin Youkilis got back to back walks. Victorino scored on the Youkilis walk, setting up the game-winning hit for Wright. 

Puerto Rico brought in Fernando Cabrera to pitch to Youkilis after the walk to Rollins, but then walked Youkilis and eventually gave up the hit to Wright.

Alex Rios and Wright's Mets teammate, Carlos Delgado, both had homers in the loss for Puerto Rico.