ANAHEIM, CA — What started with a fizzle ended with another fizzle on Thursday, as Team USA was knocked out of the World Baseball Classic, losing to Mexico 2-1. The loss highlighted the USA’s lack of offense in the WBC, with eight Mexican pitchers baffling a lineup collectively earning approximately the equivalent of their opponent’s country’s GDP.
Roger Clemens pitched 4-1/3 innings, giving up both runs on six hits in what may have been his last game ever. For me, right now, it’s goodbye,” he said. “I felt great tonight and my body responded well. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to participate in this event.” After the game Clemens was randomly selected for a drug test, which if failed could result in suspension.
The USA’s loss means that Japan will advance to the semifinal against Korea tomorrow, erasing the controversial call last Sunday that took away their go-ahead run against the Americans. Korea is the only team undefeated in the WBC. The other semifinal will feature Cuba as it faces the Dominican Republic, where many of its defectors swim to.