MIAMI (AP) - United States manager Davey Johnson was right to have reservations about playing Adam Dunn at first base.
The desperation defensive deployment backfired Wednesday night in the World Baseball classic when Dunn made a wild throw that led to four unearned runs and Venezuela won group 2 by beating the Americans 10-6 to conclude second-round play in Miami.
Both teams had already qualified for the semifinals this weekend in Los Angeles.
Venezuela will play the second-seeded team from group 1 on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, and the Americans will play in the other semifinal Sunday. The semifinalists from group 1 in San Diego will be South Korea and the winner of Wednesday night's game between Cuba and Japan.
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