Did you watch that World Baseball Classic Game last night?
The United States fended off the Dominican Republic, advancing to the semifinals in a 6-3 win. Giancarlo Stanton slammed a huge home run, while Adam Jones robbed Manny Machado of a dinger of his own.
And then there was Pat Neshek.
The Phillies reliever entered the game in the fifth with a runner on first and nobody out. He got a quick first out, then surrendered a double to Nelson Cruz, putting runners on second and third.
Then Neshek buckled down, getting Carlos Santana to pop out before striking out Starling Marte (video above). Best was his celebration upon scoring his strikeout – let’s see some of that in Philly.
For the Dominican Republic, Hector Neris struck out one and walked one in two-thirds of an inning Saturday.
The U.S. heads to the semifinals, where they’ll play Japan at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. The other semifinal, set for 9 pm. Monday, will pit the Netherlands against Puerto Rico.