World Baseball Classic 2013 Results: Pool 2's Biggest Stars, Goats

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World Baseball Classic 2013 Results: Pool 2's Biggest Stars, Goats
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Just like that, the 2013 World Baseball Classic has come down to four teams.

We all expected that Japan would come out of Pool 1, and the two-time WBC champions are joined in San Francisco by a Netherlands squad that nobody thought had the pitching to make a deep run in the tournament.

That same line of thought applies to Pool 2 as well, where we all expected the Dominican Republic to advance, but weren't quite sure if Puerto Rico had the arms to get past the sleeping giant that was the United States or an upstart Italian squad.

Well, the giant still sleeps, back into hibernation for another four years, while the upstarts beat themselves with shoddy defense.

There's plenty of blame to go around—and plenty of accolades to be handed out as well.

Let's take a look at who came up big—and who wilted under the spotlight.

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