PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The exploits of Marlins players Martin Prado, Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Edinson Volquez in the World Baseball Classic aren't going unnoticed in the team's clubhouse.Prado, the Marlins' starting third baseman, recorded the Classic's first career five-hit game, which included a pair of doubles and
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The exploits of Marlins players Martin Prado, Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Edinson Volquez in the World Baseball Classic aren't going unnoticed in the team's clubhouse.
Prado, the Marlins' starting third baseman, recorded the Classic's first career five-hit game, which included a pair of doubles and three RBIs. He also had the game-winning hit in an 11-10, 10-inning win by Venezuela over Italy in Jalisco, Mexico, on Saturday. For the tournament, he is hitting .538 with three doubles and five RBIs.
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Yelich went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Stanton went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Team USA's 7-5 loss to the Dominican Republic on Saturday. Volquez started the game for the DR and pitched well despite some shaky defense behind him.
"Those guys are going to have big roles," said Miami infielder Derek Dietrich on Monday during a rain delay in the Marlins' 6-4 loss to the Mets. "Yeli, G and even Volquez. Prado with the 5-for-5 the other night. You might watch teams a little more closely than you would otherwise. Usually, I'd be watching [Team] USA.
"All the teams are very talented, but it's cool when you get to see your guys out there, too."
Teammate Dee Gordon was especially happy with Prado's performance.
"Martin … that's so sick, dude," Gordon said while smiling and laughing. "He was so happy. That was awesome. He's a great part of our team, and to see him -- he pretty much put his country on his back. He's been playing great for them, and for him to continue to play well would be awesome."
Gordon said he and about 10 teammates went to Marlins Park to watch the U.S.-D.R. game.
"We went and watched [Volquez] go against Yeli and G. That was a great moment for us. Yeli rakes and G came up with a big two-out hit. Volquez pitched well with some mistakes [made] behind him, and he was matched up against Marcus Stroman," Gordon said. "It's good to see our boys playing well."
The World Baseball Classic runs through March 22. In the U.S., games air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. The tournament is being distributed internationally across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Tokyo Dome and Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
Bill Whitehead is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Monday.