A Minute in Maryvale: 3.21.17

The Puertoriqueños continue to roll through the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

In an action-packed marathon semifinal that lasted four hours and 19 minutes, Minnesota’s Eddie Rosario hit a game-winning sacrifice fly to give Puerto Rico a spot in the final for the second straight tournament.

After a crazy first inning which saw both sides crush mammoth home runs to left field, Puerto Rican starter Jorge Lopez settled down and threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing a single hit after Wladimir Balentien’s two-run shot in the first inning.

On the other side, Jair Jurrjens led a stout Dutch bullpen by throwing 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings, scattering four hits. The two-time semifinalists combined to allow seven hits in 8 2/3 innings after starter Rich van den Hurk gave up a two-run home run to Carlos Correa in the first inning and a solo home run to 2016 Las Vegas 51 T.J. Rivera one frame later.

In Arizona, the Brewers enjoyed a day off from the Cactus League, but are back in action Tuesday afternoon when the Crew travels to Glendale’s Camelback Ranch to face the Los Angeles Dodgers at 2:05 p.m. MT.

Matt Garza gets the start for Milwaukee against Hyun-Jin Ryu and Los Angeles. The two squads meet for the third and final time this spring, with both teams looking to clinch the three-game series. L.A. won 10-8 at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 26, while Milwaukee won a 7-2 split-squad decision when the two teams met back up in West Phoenix.

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