We learned two things from Team USA's 4-2 comeback win over Venezuela on Wednesday night. One: Yes, every game in the World Baseball Classic from here on out is going to be can't-look-away thrilling. Two: Eric Hosmer thrives at Petco Park.
Wednesday's game was Team USA's first in San Diego, and Hosmer took advantage, mashing an eighth-inning two-run home run to right-center field off of Hector Rondon to break a 2-2 tie and give USA the win:
The last time he played at Petco Park was in the 2016 All-Star Game when, yep, he hit another dramatic dinger, that time a game-tying shot in the second inning:
That one, in fact, helped earn him earn All-Star MVP honors.
Clearly, Hosmer enjoys playing at Petco. In 25 regular-season plate appearances at Petco Park in his career, Hosmer has two doubles, a homer, nine RBIs and a .409/.440/.636 slash line -- his second-highest slugging percentage in any ballpark, behind only Coors Field. Apparently Hosmer doesn't pay much attention to Petco's reputation as a pitcher-friendly park (though it's been less so in recent years) -- particularly when the stakes are raised, like the ASG and World Baseball Classic.
"But both settings were extremely exciting," Hosmer said after Wednesday's win. "Tonight was awesome because the All-Star Game was an individual accomplishment, but tonight was doing something for your team and for your country. So both were great, but tonight's feeling was probably a little bit above it."