Final in 7
United States 1
Puerto Rico 11
8:00 PM ET, March 14, 2009
Impressive Puerto Rico pummels United States at WBC
MIAMI -- The mercy rule is designed to spare Little Leaguers from humiliation, not a bunch of big league All-Stars.But it was Jimmy Rollins, David Wright and their United States teammates who found themselves shuffling off the field in the seventh inning Saturday night. Puerto Rico scored four times in the seventh to complete an 11-1 victory that left Team USA on the ropes in round two of the World Baseball Classic."Everybody is embarrassed," shortstop Derek Jeter said. "But 2-1 or 11-1, we're still in the same position. You can't sit around and hang your head too long."Carlos Beltran and Felipe Lopez homered, and Puerto Rico rocked Jake Peavy for six runs in the first two innings to send the U.S. team into the loser's bracket. Roy Oswalt will start for the Americans when they face the Netherlands in an elimination game Sunday night.
Nelson: National Embarrassment
Team USA was left with a feeling of embarrassment after Puerto Rico turned the Americans into mercy-rule victims Saturday. Story
• Carlos Beltran and Ivan Rodriguez combined to go 6-for-7, including two doubles and a home run, to lead Puerto Rico to a mercy-rule win over the U.S. in seven innings.
• Javier Vazquez pitched five innings and gave up just one run, improving to 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in two starts.
• The 11 runs allowed by the U.S. were the most they've given up in a WBC game.
• The United States will play the Netherlands in an elimination game on Sunday night.
-- ESPN research
|1st||C Delgado singled to right, R Vazquez scored, C Beltran to third.||0||1|
|1st||A Rios lined out to left, C Beltran scored.||0||2|
|2nd||F Lopez homered to right, G Soto scored.||0||4|
|2nd||C Beltran reached on infield single to second, J Feliciano scored, R Vazquez to third.||0||5|
|2nd||C Delgado grounded out to shortstop, R Vazquez scored, C Beltran to third.||0||6|
|5th||B McCann doubled to deep right, A Dunn scored, R Braun to third.||1||6|
|5th||I Rodriguez doubled to right, C Beltran scored.||1||7|
|7th||C Beltran homered to left.||1||8|
|7th||F Lopez doubled to deep left, I Rodriguez scored, G Soto to third.||1||9|
|7th||M Aviles singled to right, G Soto and F Lopez scored. Game ends on 10-run mercy rule||1||11|
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|Weather:||74 degrees, clear|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Luis Ramirez, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Masato Tomoyose|