By Joe McDonald at 15 March, 2013, 2:58 am
We didn't get the slugfest that many — including a couple of your Stewies — were expecting Thursday in the USA vs. Dominican Republic clash in the World Baseball Classic. But we got a tight game, an exciting game and a game that surely added a little bit of "hey, this does matter" to the World Baseball Classic.
Dominican Republic triumphed 3-1 against a David Wright-less USA , breaking a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning with a pair of runs off Craig Kimbrel, the usually lights-out closer from the Atlanta Braves. The guys from the D.R. clinched a spot in the semifinals in San Francisco.
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Team USA, meanwhile, plays an elimination game Friday (7 p.m. ET) against Puerto Rico, which it already beat on Tuesday. Winning that game sends the U.S. to San Francisco, but it would have to play Dominican Republic again Saturday for seeding and scheduling purposes.
For Team USA, Thursday's loss leaves a few lingering questions: