March 7, 2009

WBC: USA 6, Canada 5

Canada        -  101 001 101 - 5  7  1
United States - 010 302 00x - 6 9 0
1st: With one out, Martin walked, Votto singled him to third and he scored on Morneau's grounder to first. Bay walked and Stairs got plunked, but there was no further damage. ... CI hit a one-out double for the States, but Johnson got Jones and Wright on strikes.

2nd: Yook and Dunn walked, a FC put Yook on third and McCann's sacrifice fly to CF tied the game.

3rd: Votto crushed a one-out doung to right-centre. Morneau wealked, but Peavy fanned Bay and Stairs. ... Johnson needed only seven pitches to retire CI, Chipper and Wright.

4th: Hawkins relieved Peavy. He kept the ball in the infield and allowed only a one-out walk. ... Yook bopped a solo dong to right to start the bottom half, then Dunn walked on four pitches. After a mound visit, Johnson fanned Braun, but surrendered a two-run bomb to right to McCann. At 63 pitches, he is likely done.

5th: Facing Matt Thornton, Martin, Votto and Morneau went quietly in order. ... Jeter singled and Rollins came into run. Two outs later, he was caught stealing.

6th: Bay walked, took third on a one-out double by Teahen, and scored on a wild pitch. US 4-3. ... Yook walked to start things off and Dunn homered to left-centre. US 6-3.

7th: Facing Shields, Martin hit a one-out doung to left. Votto singled and after Morneau struck out, Bay walked (for the third time). But Stairs fanned. ... Pedroia doubled, Rollins singled, and after a wild pitch, Jones walked. Based loaded against Phillippe Aumont, but he escaped: Wright lined softly to short and Yook and Granderson went down swinging.

8th: Weglarz worked a one-out walk, but Orr GIDP. ... The US loaded the bases on a walk, single and an error, but Jones fanned to end the inning.

9th: Putz pitching. Pinch-hitter Adam Stern nearly beat out an infield grounder into the shortstop hole, but Rollins made the play. Very close at first, but it was the right call. Then Martin and Votto (4-for-5) hit back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 6-5. Votto went to third on Morneau's groundout and Brett Lawrie came in as a pinch-runner. Bay looked at two strikes, then took three balls, then fouled off two more pitches -- before flying easily out to right. Damn.

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Lineups below!

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Adam Stern led Canada to an 8-6 victory over the United States in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. The two countries meet again today at 2 PM in Toronto before an expected Skydome crowd of 40,000. The game will be broadcast by ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and MLB.TV.

If Canada wins again, it will likely be because they pounded the hell out of the ball. Jeff Francis, Erik Bedard and Rich Harden are absent because of injuries and Ryan Dempster declined to participate, so Canada's pitching staff is weak.

RHP Mike Johnson -- a 17th-round draft choice of the Blue Jays in 1993 who pitched in 81 games with the Orioles and Expos from 1997-2001 -- starts against the US. Johnson, 33, pitched in Taiwan last year (after two seasons in independent leagues) and says the WBC will be the final games of his professional career. ... Jake Peavy gets the ball for the US. ... There is a pitch limit of 65 pitches per game in Round One.

On Thursday, in its last exhibition tuneup before the tournament, Canada whitewashed the Yankees 6-0, scoring all of their runs in the top of the first inning. MFY starter Joba Chamberlain was unable to record an out. In fact, he could barely throw a strike. Joba walked four of the five batters he faced (two with the bases loaded); he also allowed a single and threw a wild pitch.

Lineups:
Canada United States
Barnwell, SS Pedroia, 2B
Martin, C Jeter, SS
Votto, DH CJones, DH
Morneau, 1B Wright, 3B
Bay, CF Youkilis, 1B
Stairs, RF Dunn, RF
Teahen, 3B Braun, LF
Weglarz, LF McCann, C
Orr, 2B Victorino, CF

Johnson, P Peavy, P
Jeter starts today, but Jimmy Rollins will be at shortstop for the US's second game, either Sunday or Monday.


The other two teams in Pool C -- Venezuela and Italy -- play at 8 PM.

Pool D also plays today:
Netherlands (Sidney Ponson) vs. Dominican Republic (Edison Volquez), 11 AM
Panama (Bruce Chen) vs. Puerto Rico (Javier Vazquez), 5 PM
In Pool A, Japan routed Korea 14-2 this morning and advanced to the second round. Daisuke Matsuzaka (4-4-2-2-1, 65) started for Japan and allowed a two-run dong in the first. The game was called after seven innings because of the mercy rule.

Pool B begins play on Sunday: South Africa vs Cuba and Australia vs Mexico.

The WBC schedule is here and news articles here.

107 comments:

redsock said...

Murray Chass is insane. Totally, unreservedly batshit insane.

...

Go Canada!

L-girl said...

Plus your co-worker/friend took my ticket. Yay!

Go Canada!

andy said...

It looks like the pool is setup to give USA a better chance this year.

Greg said...

Here in Tokyo Dice-K allowed a couple early runs but looked very sharp in the last two innings he pitched (BTW, the pitch limit in round one of the Asian pool is 70- are these rules really different in the North American pool?). The mercy rule was applied in the 7th inning. Tokyo Dome was filled to the brim and hopping- felt kind of bad for Korea (not only are these all home games for Japan, but Korea was missing most of their MLB players). But it was exciting to watch Team Japan with all the cylinders clicking (besides Daisuke's hiccup, their pitching was excellent-- and every starter had at least one hit, besides Iwamura, who had two walks). If they play like this in the next round there should be some exciting WBC games in the States.

redsock said...

PEDRO on the mound for the DR!

redsock said...

with one out, a batter reaches off pedro on a bunt popup the catcher dove for and could not hold on to.

redsock said...

5-4-3 DP ends the inning.

Netherlands 3-1 -- mid 5th.

redsock said...

Pontoon still on the hill. Let's go, DR!

andy said...

I think Pedro looked good. I really like his fast breaking ball. The batter thought it was going to keep rising like a fastball and it dropped into the zone late in the pitch. Very sexy.

redsock said...

MLB has not updated the box score since sometime in the top of the 1st. It's now the top of the 6th. GO MLB!!!!!

andy said...

Very nicccce

redsock said...

Oatmeal!

redsock said...

Damn - I meant to bring a scorecard to work today for the game. But since I was not standing directly in front of the scorecard with my workbag in my hand when I thought of it ..... no scorecard.

I usually keep a few in my desk, but I must have either used them or brought them home at the end of last season (because those 2-3 pieces of paper were taking up so much room ...). Sigh.

redsock said...

I love Pedro.

redsock said...

FKR up 3-1 in the 2nd off Wake.

redsock said...

Pedro: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
29 pitches, 22 strikes

Sox farm-hand Dennis Neuman, 19, on the mound for the Nederlands, gets out of trouble in the bot 8th.

Ish said...

Did anyone see this coming? The Netherlands?

I wish I had two TVs in here.

redsock said...

SoSHer in Amsterdam: "I'm getting me some beer to stay calm, this would be the biggest win ever for Dutch baseball, beating out the 2000 olympic win over Cuba."

Ish said...

Okay. Three TVs now!

Ish said...

The Dutch are going to make it interesting!

redsock said...

FUCK - work.

redsock said...

CANADA 1-0!

redsock said...

VOTTO DOUNG!

2-1 Canada!

James said...

The Olympics and the WBC are the only time I get patriotic. I think I'm going to make some apple pie tonight.

redsock said...

Nice play by FY on a chopper to his right.

Apple pie? Maybe I'll eat a doughnut.

redsock said...

It's a shame Canada doesn't have Gagne in the pen ...............

James said...

LaTroy Hawkins is the best the USA can send? We should have asked Mussina and Maddux to play.

James said...

My girlfriend won't bake during baseball/basketball playoffs/tournaments, because of an unfortunate incident during the 2005 ALDS.

I'll have to make the pie myself.

I need to find someone to join a USA! USA! chant.

James said...

YOUK! YEAH MOTHERFUCKER! U-S-A! U-S-A!

redsock said...

YOOOOOOOOOOOOK dong to RF ties the game at 2-2.

redsock said...

fuck - this guy is cooked. go to the pen, you, whoever the manager of canada is.

redsock said...

Chris Begg up for Canada.

James said...

Is it Larry Walker, or is he the hitting coach?

redsock said...

Walker is the hitting coach, pretty sure..

James said...

Ka-BOOOOM! Brian McCann is studly.

U-S-A! U-S-A!

redsock said...

shit.

told ya he was toast.

redsock said...

also ruined the neat line score we had going

101 0
010 1

redsock said...

that dong was on pitch 58. he's almost done anyway

Benjamin said...

Could've sworn GDGD listed managers, but it only lists umps.

James said...

Man, Steve Phillips loves Jeter. When McCann hit that sac fly, he said something like "Good job by McCann, not trying to do too much with it. I wonder if taking BP with Jeter has anything to do with that run"

And after the home run he says "McCann saying 'You may not pull the ball, Jeter, but I do'."

And with that, I'm gone. It's gorgeous out today, and I'm going to go be a tourist in the north end.

redsock said...

Steve Phillips loves Jeter. When McCann hit that sac fly, he said something like "Good job by McCann, not trying to do too much with it. I wonder if taking BP with Jeter has anything to do with that run"

I want to say you are making this up, you HAVE to be, but I know, sadly, that you are not.

Pepe Lepew said...

Is that Ron Gardenhire managing for Canada? Oh, no, Canada has no chance!
How many Red Sox in this game? Three? Bay, Youkilis and Pedroia?
Whatever happened to Adam Stern?

redsock said...

Ernie Whitt is the manager.

Benjamin said...

"Jeter drifting out to left and will call off Braun, and Braun makes the catch."

redsock said...

Stern is on the bench, ready to be the muthuh-fuckin' hero in the 9th.

Pepe Lepew said...

Braun and Adrian Brody ... separated at birth?

Pepe Lepew said...

Ernie Whitt is the manager.

Phew!
It looked like Gardenhire.

Benjamin said...

Stern's still playing for Baltimore's AAA club, or at least he was last year.

redsock said...

I wanna be a part of the rah-rah Canada crowd on Monday, but they would have to lose this game -- and I want them to beat the US again.

redsock said...

Begg in 2008: a 6.40 ERA in A ball.

Hmmmm....

Benjamin said...

Meanwhile...
BOS - 010 010 3
FKR - 130 005 0

Of those nine runs the FKRs have scored, only two were earned, because there were five Sox errors.

Benjamin said...

"Jeter had to come between us and act like Switzerland."

redsock said...

rollins runs for jeter - usa lineup just got better, damn it.

Benjamin said...

"You want as many at bats for Jeter."

He's the fucking captain of this team too?

redsock said...

"Captain America" according to the back page of today's Newsday.

.... back to work ....

Jere said...

Go Russia!

Benjamin said...

This Hanrahan fellow isn't very good, is he.

Patrick said...

As much as I despise so much about the States, I still can't help but root for my guys.

Kick their asses, USA!

Benjamin said...

Hey, the U.S. is better now that we've got a new bunch of assholes in charge. We're finding new and exciting ways to fuck stuff up now, and once in a while we surprise ourselves.

Benjamin said...

Dunn and done.

Jere said...

"As much as I despise so much about the States, I still can't help but root for my guys.

Kick their asses, USA!"

Couldn't you just as easily say, "As much as I love the States, I can't bring myself to root for Yankees. Go other team!"?

(I'm rooting for the Red Sox guys, but against the USA. Also, when a Red Sox hits a ground ball to a fielder, at that point I root for the out, because if there's an error, it helps the US but doesn't help the Sox player's average.)

redsock said...

we've got a new bunch of assholes in charge

Yep.

redsock said...

Canada rockin' against Panty Shields!

redsock said...

LET'S GO BAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Benjamin said...

Three walks for Bay?

Jere said...

Ooh, the Stair-Mattster, up as the go-ahead run! I always thought he'd be like an all-time great Red Sox...

redsock said...

good eye, bay!

go-ahead run at le dish -- stairs!

redsock said...

yep - 3 walks for bay.

redsock said...

fuckin' stairs. fatass.

Jere said...

Hairway to Steven strikes out. Still time for the Cans.

Benjamin said...

FY!

Benjamin said...

"On Canadian soil"

Or at least astroturf.

Benjamin said...

Why does Aumont have pitch restrictions? He's just an A-level player.

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

Jere said...

Aumont's M is totally an upside-down W. Compare to other Canadians' Ms.

Benjamin said...

Favorite trophy isn't even a trophy?

Benjamin said...

"No Jon Miller. No Joe Morgan."

A man can dream.

redsock said...

So -- any word on who will pitch the 9th for the US?

Benjamin said...

They haven't mentioned anything.

redsock said...

PUTZ

Benjamin said...

Putz.

Jere said...

break it up

redsock said...

Maybe Barnwell gets plunked, then Martin, Votto, Morneau, Bay ...

Doable.

redsock said...

Stern! The Babe Ruth of Canada!!!

Benjamin said...

No heroics from Stern.

redsock said...

shit - jetes woulda effed that up.

Benjamin said...

Any chance the Dodgers want to trade us their catcher?

redsock said...

FUCK YEAH, EH?

Jere said...

yes we Canada

redsock said...

rowdy crowd gettin' to putz?

redsock said...

Yeah!

Benjamin said...

I'm afraid Putz will dilute the amount of MFY schadenfreude the NY tabloids will be able to fit onto their back pages this season.

Jere said...

Baylieve

redsock said...

It's Bay Time!

Jere said...

Gimme that fish, Bay.

Benjamin said...

Bleh.

redsock said...

So I'll see Canada.

Shut up Putz, you almost blew the game. Don't go all Frod on us.

Pepe Lepew said...

Oh, dangit, Jason! That looked like a pretty fat, pitch, too.
OK, time for the main event, Hockey Night in Canada.

redsock said...

I got more work, so modding is back on. I'll take it off when the 8 PM game starts if anyone is watching.

Benjamin said...

Modding back off yet?

Benjamin said...

Indeed.

Ish said...

Oh yay for Joe Migraine huh?

Benjamin said...

Why's Lenny DiNardo even playing for Italy? He was born in Miami.

Benjamin said...

DiNardo pulled before recording an out. 4-0 VEN.

redsock said...

The qualifications are a bit elastic. Most of the MLBers for Italy are Italian-Americans; not actually born there. Others really like spaghetti.

Benjamin said...

I can't stand Abreu, even now that he's off the MFYs.

Benjamin said...

SPG - 000 000 000 | 0 08 1
VEN - 000 040 12X | 7 11 1