In a stunner, the United States actually lost a game in pool play during the World Baseball Classic. Yesterday, they lost to their friendly neighbors to the north, 8-6. If you're thinking to yourselves, "Canada? Who the hell do they have?" Gothamist can say that we're right there with you. The "big" names on Team Canada include: Erik Bedard, Paul Quantrill, Chris Reitsma, Corey Koskie, Jason Bay, and Matt Stairs. Canada all but conceded the game when they shuffled their starting rotation, so the win is even bigger a shock. But with the WBC essentially an extremely competitive Spring Training, anything can happen.
The game was never close as Canada knocked Dontrelle Willis out of the game after less than 3 innings, scoring three runs off him before he left. After Al Leiter came in, the game was essentially over as he allowed 2 inherited runners to score in addition to the 2 runs he earned himself. It took until the 5th inning until the US bats finally came about, as they scored all 6 of their runs in the inning. Their rally included a grand slam by Jason Varitek.
Now, the United States team has to hope that Canada will win its game against Mexico. If Mexico wins, the United States will be eliminated (wtf?!?) from the World Baseball Classic. Sounds crazy, no?
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