Impressions of the WBC: Canada-USA—Americans Win Neighborly Fence War

Warren TurnerContributor IMarch 8, 2009

Five bombs were launched in the Rogers Centre in yesterday’s game between Team USA and Team Canada. The hard-fought border skirmish saw the US withstanding the relentless Canadian charge and winning 6-5.

The Americans scored five of their six runs on homers by Kevin Youkilis, Brian McCann, and Adam Dunn. Joey Votto and Russell Martin each belted one for Canada.

The potent US lineup was held to nine hits by five good pitchers. Particularly impressive for Canada was 20-year-old Seattle prospect Phillippe Aumont.

Standing tall on the hill, the young right-hander found himself with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh. Aumont got David Wright to line softly to shortstop and then struck out Youkilis and Curtis Granderson to escape unscathed.

Six US pitchers followed starter Jake Peavy, who struggled a bit in yielding two of Canada’s five runs in his three innings of work. J.J. Putz, acquired from Seattle during the winter by the Mets, despite allowing two doubles and a run in the ninth, managed to close out the end of the tense and dramatic game.

Canada next faces the loser of the game between Italy and Venezuela and must win to stay alive in this double-elimination round.