The World Baseball Classic got some good ole, prime-time ESPN Sunday Night Baseball coverage last night as the United States pummeled Venezuela, 15-6 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
I am not quite sure how the fan base here view the WBC, or if anyone cares. Personally, its baseball and it was a welcome sight.
For Tribe fans the game should have been especially interesting due to the play of Mark DeRosa.
DeRosa got the Americans its first two runs Sunday in the fourth inning by sending a low, 0-1 pitch by Venezuela’s Armando Galarraga into centerfield for a triple.
Venezuelan centerfielder Gregor Blanco took a horrible route on the ball, allowing DeRosa to make it all the way to third. Kevin Youkilis and Adam Dunn both scored on the play.
DeRosa then worked a bases-loaded, seven-pitch walk against Galarraga in the top of the sixth to plate the team’s third run. He added a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as well.
He finished the game with two official at bats, one hit, four RBI and one run scored.
It’s nice to see that DeRosa has already acclimated himself to Armando Galarraga, he will be seeing the Detroit Tiger right hander a few times this season.
Last year Galarraga was 3-0 against the Tribe with a 3.62 ERA. Galarraga limited the Indians to a .188 batting average last year in his five starts against them.
DeRosa, who started in left field, also showed his versatility when he was moved to third base when Chipper Jones left the game; All good signs for Indians fans.