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WBC Game Chat: Canada vs USA, 1 pm PT
2006-03-08 12:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Chase Field!

Both teams won their openers, but in much different ways.

The USA used some of the best pitching seen in the tournament so far to completely shut down Mexico, 2-0. Meanwhile, Canada needed 8 South African wild pitches and 3 errors to help stave off an upset with an 11-8 win that might have drained the team's pitching staff.

Dontrelle Willis will get the call to start for the U.S. while Adam Loewen will pitch for Canada. It could be that Canadian manager Ernie Whitt has written off this game as a lost cause and may be saving his big guns for Thursday's crucial game against Mexico. Al Leiter is the scheduled second pitcher of the game for the U.S. Relievers Gary Majewksi, Scot Shields, Huston Street, and Brian Fuentes also haven't pitched. Roger Clemens is expected to start on Friday against South Africa.

The U.S. offense produced just two runs against Mexico, both on solo home runs by Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones.


Holy Paul Henderson!

Canada 8, United States 6

WP -- Adam Loewen
LP -- Dontrelle Willis
Save -- Steve Green
HRs -- Adam Stern (inside the park), Jason Varitek (grand slam)

The US team gets a day off to lick its wounds (and they're considerable) before facing South Africa in a must-win game on Friday at noon PT in Scottsdale.

Canada plays Mexico in what is now a "highly preferable to win" game instead of "must win" game Thursday at 5 pm PT in Phoenix.

2006-03-08 12:26:17
1.   Bob Timmermann
Michael Young leading off for the U.S. today at 2B. Varitek behind the plate and Holliday in left.

Damon and Rodriguez sit. Lee and Texeira swap 1B and DH. Wells in RF.

2006-03-08 13:12:16
2.   Humma Kavula
Stubby Clapp with the triple!! Love it.
2006-03-08 13:16:22
3.   Bob Timmermann
Apparently the Canadians find the US to be a much easier to team score against after they handled the South Africans.
2006-03-08 13:17:43
4.   Humma Kavula
I just have to say that I have now had XM Radio for 4 days and I am already addicted. I love this thing.
2006-03-08 13:17:48
5.   Sam DC
How do you spell Olney in Canadian?
2006-03-08 13:46:12
6.   Bob Timmermann
Three triples for Canada.
2006-03-08 14:21:00
7.   Bob Timmermann
Outlook not good for the USA nine today.
2006-03-08 14:24:22
8.   King of the Hobos
Leiter had a nice, lengthy outing. It only took him 25 pitches to get 2 outs, usually it takes him twice that
2006-03-08 14:25:28
9.   Faramond
Mercy rule!
2006-03-08 14:28:46
Whos the guy from the 70s throwing BP?
2006-03-08 14:29:21
11.   Bob Timmermann
If the U.S. lost a mercy rule game to Canada, there would be some serious gnashing and wailing in the U.S.

It would be fun to see.

2006-03-08 14:29:25
12.   King of the Hobos
So Canada barely beat RSA, and are humiliating the US. Does that mean RSA has a chance at beating the US?
2006-03-08 14:33:53
13.   King of the Hobos
The announcer just called Guiel a kid, does he realize that Guiel is the 2nd oldest member of the Canadian lineup (he's 35)?
2006-03-08 14:35:11
14.   Faramond
The US wisely held back Clemens for their pivotal game against RSA.
2006-03-08 14:47:48
15.   sparky
stern hits inside-the-park homer (double away from the cycle), 2 runs from mercy rule
2006-03-08 14:49:41
16.   For The Turnstiles
Is the US saving its outfield defense for that game also?
2006-03-08 14:58:29
17.   Bob Timmermann
Mercy has been postponed.
2006-03-08 14:59:13
18.   Nagman
Do I have this figured out right? Assuming RSA loses every game, and this game doesn't change, if Mexico beats Canada, the US is not advancing.
2006-03-08 15:01:38
19.   Nagman
Never mind, it would be a 3-way tie and all sorts of math gets involved.
2006-03-08 15:05:38
20.   Nagman
This game is not good for the tie breaker:
Number of runs allowed on defense divided by innings played on defense (incl partial innings).
2006-03-08 15:05:47
21.   Bob Timmermann
1. Head to head
2. Fewest runs per inning allowed
3. Fewest earned runs per inning allowed
4. Batting average in head to head games
5. Drawing of lots
2006-03-08 15:09:04
22.   Bob Timmermann
Well that makes things interesting now doesn't it?
2006-03-08 15:09:13
23.   Nagman
Okay, this one is far from over.
2006-03-08 15:09:27
24.   Faramond
grand slam!
2006-03-08 15:11:44
25.   Bob Timmermann
The U.S. would be helped greatly if they had an inning where Canada didn't score.
2006-03-08 15:36:58
26.   Nagman
Any idea why is Bay out of the game? (I'm not watching it)
2006-03-08 15:46:43
27.   Bob Timmermann
Because Radmanovich is faster!

Oops. Forget about the Francoeur factor there.

2006-03-08 15:56:41
28.   Ken Arneson
Wow, Canada was helped by the ballpark there.
2006-03-08 15:59:42
29.   Bob Timmermann
Francouer, Lee, and Rodriguez due up in the 9th.

Who will Canada use in the 9th? Is Jesse Crain warming up?

2006-03-08 16:01:43
30.   Ken Arneson
They're wishing they had Gagne now.
2006-03-08 16:02:35
31.   Ravenscar
Damon stays in to play LF!

I can hear the panicked hearts of Bronx Banter beating wildly out of control all the way over here.

2006-03-08 16:10:33
32.   Ravenscar
Steve Green?

Pardon me?

2006-03-08 16:31:39
33.   Nagman
So even with this loss, USA still has a six run lead in the "runs given up" column with Canada. I like their chances.

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