By Danny Mehigan
With the Brewers only sending one representative into the second round of the World Baseball Classic, I felt that they didn’t deserve their own post. So here’s his own report.
Ryan Braun, OF: The U.S. leftfielder went 1-for-3 in the mercy rule loss to Puerto Rico and 2-for-4 in the win over the Dutch before exiting with an oblique strain. He missed the scintillating comeback win over Puerto Rico and the loss to Venezuela, but he claims he could have played if necessary. As the tournament shifts to Dodger Stadium for the finals, Braun should be healthy enough to play.
As for the Reds, they had four dudes chumming it up in Round Two, and here’s their story complete with hilarious jokes, witty commentary and some baseball statistics.
Alexander Smit, RP: Smitty, as his pals likely call him, pitched one inning against Venezuela, picking off a baserunner, walking one and chilling. He lost favor with the managers for wearing spikes instead of wooden shoes and did not pitch against the U.S.
Juan Carlos Sulbaran, RP: Sulbaran (pictured above) struggled against the Fightin’ Freedoms (I believe that to be the USA’s nickname) in his only Round Two appearance, pitching a smooth inning but giving up back to back triples and a walk in his second. He gave up three runs while only getting one out before getting yanked. Back to the windmill plant for you, big guy.
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS: The Mexican shortstop and leadoff hitter rocked out in Round Two with a 0-for-3 performance in an 8-2 loss to Korea. He did not play in the loss to Cuba that knocked out the Tricolores the following day. Talk about setting the table for your team. It’s nice to see that his teammates follow Hairston’s veteran lead, even if it is one of failure.
Ramón Hernández, C: The Venezuelan catcher went 3-for-6 in dos games. He went Yahtzee! against Puerto Rico in a 2-0 win and then celebrated his awesomeness by taking the day off against America in the Pool 2 championship game.