Team USA played their opening game of the World Baseball Classic on Friday night and defeated Colombia 3-2 on a walk-off single from Adam Jones in the tenth inning. Andrew McCutchen was in left field for the first eight innings before leaving for a pinch-hitter. He batted eighth and came to the plate twice, grounding out and striking out. Josh Harrison didn't play.
Colombia took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning of this game and starter Jose Quintana, who everyone here should know from the constant trade rumors all off-season, held Team USA hitless for the first 5.2 innings. He faced the minimum during that time, allowing just a walk, which was immediately erased on a double play. Team USA starter Chris Archer threw four no-hit innings of his own.
Former Pirates prospect Tito Polo did t...
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