The US was thoroughly embarrassed last night in the WBC second round matchup with Puerto Rico, getting pummeled 11-1 on their home grounds in Miami. And worse, they were mercied, as PR scored 4 runs in the seventh to end the game, as they were up by 10 runs.
Mercied at home. Beyond embarrassing.
Jake Peavy was again hammered, as he gave up six runs in two innings of work. The Puerto Ricans put it out of reach early, and it felt like garbage time by the third inning. The US could do nothing against Javier Vazquez, who pitched five solid innings and allowed just one run.
Tonight, the US faces the Netherlands in an elimination game, as the winner will face the loser of the Venezuela-Puerto Rico game. In wrestling parlance, tonight's game is a "loser leaves town match", and the US better not look past the Dutch, who have pitched spectacularly this tournament.