México thought it did well to hold the US to just two runs Tuesday, but they still lost 2-0. South Africa thought it did a great job to score eight runs against Canada Tuesday, but they still lost 11-8. And now both teams face a must-win game. And for México, the pressure is much greater as no one expects South Africa to win a game or even go nine innings, although the South Africans led Canada 8-7 in the ninth Tuesday night.
Francisco Campos will get the start for México. He's a Mexican League veteran, who has also had a few seasons in AAA. Campos is nicknamed "Pancho" or sometimes "Pancho Ponches" (Pancho Strikeouts).
México will likely benefit from the fact that South Africa used any pitcher that was remotely good Tuesday night and manager Rick Magnante will really need to pull off a miracle to win this one. Darryn Smith, a 30-year old with Olympic experience, is the tentative starter for South Africa.
If México wins as expected and Canada loses as expected that will set up an elimination game Thursday between the two countries to see who will advance to the second round in Anaheim.