Puerto Rico romps, pushes US to brink
Jake Peavy lasted only two innings last night in Miami, and Team USA soon could be gone, too.
With an embarrassing 11-1 loss to Puerto Rico that was stopped in the seventh inning because of the mercy rule, the Americans are on the ropes in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic.
Carlos Beltran and Felipe Lopez homered as Puerto Rico rocked Peavy for six runs, dropping the US into an elimination game with Netherlands tonight.
"Everybody is embarrassed," said US shortstop Derek Jeter.
Jeter, Chipper Jones, and Kevin Youklis went a combined 0 for 9 batting 2-3-4 for Team USA, and Mark DeRosa, replacing injured Dustin Pedroia, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts while stranding five runners.
Javier Vazquez allowed one run in five innings for Puerto Rico, which remained unbeaten through four games.
Earlier, Miguel Cabrera and Jose Lopez hit solo home runs and Carlos Silva scattered four hits over seven innings, sparking Venezuela past the Dutch, 3-1.