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WBC Game Chat: South Africa vs. México, 6 pm PT
2006-03-08 17:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Scottsdale, Arizona!

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.

2006-03-08 17:31:56
1.   Bob Timmermann
Greetings to all of our South African visitors.

If you've come by tonight I hope. I'm not watching the game as I had tickets to a concert.

Bienvenidos a los Mexicanos tambien!

2006-03-08 17:46:02
2.   Sam DC
Needless to say, the atmosphere will be quite different here on Friday when the US must beat the RSA to ensure a berth in the next round. Every commenter to his or her self!

Think they'll get friday's game onto tv, Bob?

2006-03-08 19:31:09
3.   Faramond
3 runs for South Africa!

Now if they can just get some good pitching ...

2006-03-08 20:40:49
4.   sam2175
Go Proteas!

After the awful display by the Aussies yesterday, they are the only hope of the cricket world (though Canada did play in the last world cup).

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