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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Team USA Wins Homer-Happy Tune-up Over Phillies

Team USA capped off their tune-up games by out-homering the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on their way to winning 9-6.

The Phillies struck first in the opening inning off of Team USA starter Jeremy Guthrie. Former Brave Marcus Giles drew a walk and Eric Bruntlett doubled him home. The score stayed 1-0 until Team USA exploded for nine unanswered runs.

Three straight singles in the third plated a run and Chipper Jones drove in everyone with a three-run shot to left off of Kyle Kendrick. Brian McCann and Ryan Braun hit back-to-back solo shots in the fourth and Adam Dunn crushed a three-run homer in the fifth to make the lead 9-1 USA. The Phillies scored three off of Matt Lindstrom thanks to a Ryan Howard home run, one off of Matt Thornton, courtesy of Jason Donald's solo homer, and one off of Joe Besienius in the eighth. Johnathan Broxton closed out the game for Team USA in the ninth.

David Wright was the only Team USA member with two hits. Chipper Jones scored two runs. Giles scored two runs for the Phillies and Lou Marson, another former Olympian, had two hits.

The United States opens World Baseball Classic play on March 7 in Toronto against Canada. The Canadians, who were also 2-1 in exhibition games against major league teams, defeated Team USA 8-6 in the preliminary round of the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

W - Jeremy Guthrie
L - Kyle Kendrick
S - Johnathan Broxton
HR - USA - Chipper Jones
Brian McCann
Ryan Braun
Adam Dunn
PHI - Ryan Howard
Jason Donald

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