With the USA down 5-3 to Puerto Rico heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, I was all set to write up my take on the WBC entitled, "Top Five Big Fat Reasons Team America Pooped the Bed" (#3: Adam Dunn was too busy clogging the bases). But then, something very unusual happened: a Met had a clutch hit. David Wright's walkoff single pushed the United States to a win over their stunned protectorate and carried the red, white, and blue (as opposed to the Puerto Rican blue, white, and red...you've got it backwards, sillies!) into the semifinal round out in Los Angeles. They'll join Venezuela, Korea, and the winner of tonight's rematch of the 2006 WBC title game between Japan and Cuba.
With the bases bloated and one run already in on a walk to Kevin Youkilis, Wright blooped a single down the right field line that brought in Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. Face-of-the-game Derek Jeter and the rest of the team piled out of the dugout in celebration. Think about it: that's Yankees players and Red Sox players rejoicing together; Mets hitters and Phillies base-runners embracing in pure joy over a dramatic win. It's enough to make a fan's head explode, probably because it all happened without any pesky Twins players.
Fernando Cabrera, a two-time WBC competitor and current Red Sox minor leaguer, blew the save and took the loss. Jonathan Broxton picked up the win despite allowing a ninth-inning run; the U.S. starter Ted Lilly, typically seen watching home runs flying out of Wrigley Field, was abused for three runs in three innings thanks to tater tots by Alex Rios and Carlos Delgado. The US struggled bringing in the runs for eight innings: they left ten runners on base (four by Youkilis, who also had a gigantic solo dong).
I guess the only real disappointing part about last night's game was David Wright's inability to draw a walk and keep the possibility of a WBC game-ending walkoff walk off the table. What does Wright have against treadmill-running shrimp?