Several former Midwest League players starred in Puerto Rico’s 11-0 win over Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic on Friday.
The game, played in Jalisco, Mexico, featured at least two RBI from four different players, including three MWL veterans. Ex-Midwest Leaguers also were responsible for two of Puerto Rico’s three homers.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double, and two runs batted in. He batted .296 with 12 HR and 70 RBI in 95 games with the 2012 Beloit Snappers.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had two hits, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning. He batted .280 with 7 HR and 50 RBI in 112 games with the 2002 Peoria Chiefs.
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa also homered in that frame for his only hit of the game, and made a pair of great defensive plays at third base. He batted .320 with 9 HR and 86 RBI in 117 games with the 2013 Quad Cities River Bandits.
Astros outfielder/designated hitter Carlos Beltran drew two walks (including one with the bases loaded) and had an RBI single. He briefly played for the Lansing Lugnuts in 1996, batting .143 (6-for-42) in 11 games.
Archer, Jones star in USA win
Tampa Bay Rays RHP Chris Archer made a stellar start and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones drove in the winning run for the United States in the team’s 10-inning, 3-2 win over Colombia at Marlins Park on Friday.
Archer struck out three batters in four perfect innings. Although WBC pitchers are allowed to throw up to 65 pitches in a first-round game, Archer likely was pulled after 41 pitches because any pitcher who throws at least 50 pitches in a game must rest at least four days, whereas a pitcher who throws 30 pitches must rest only one day.
Archer pitched in the Midwest League in 2009, going 6-4 with a 2.81 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 66 walks in 109 IP for the Peoria Chiefs. He pitched for Lake County the previous year, when the Captains were still part of the South Atlantic League. He went 4-8 with a 4.29 ERA, 106 strikeouts and 84 walks in 115.1 IP for the 2008 Captains.
Jones drove in two runs in Friday’s game. He doubled home a run in the 6th and singled home the winning run in the 10th. He batted .267 with 11 HR and 72 RBI in 130 games with the 2004 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.