On Saturday night in the World Baseball Classic, Team USA took on the Dominican Republic in a win or go home game. That meant that two Pittsburgh Pirates were going to move on to the finals, while two others would return to the Pirates. The starting lineups had the entire starting outfield for the Pirates, with Andrew McCutchen playing right field and batting sixth on one side. On the other side, Starling Marte was in center field and batting sixth, while Gregory Polanco was in left field and batting eighth.
The Dominican Republic took an early 2-0 lead in this game, almost knocking out starting pitcher Danny Duffy in the first inning. USA tied the score in the third, moved ahead on a two-run homer by Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth, then expanded the lead in the eighth, winning 6-3.
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.