The United States (1-1) must beat South Africa on Friday, when 43-year-old Roger Clemens starts for the Americans, or have Mexico lose one of its remaining games to stay alive in the 16-nation tournament.
If Mexico, Canada and the United States finish 2-1, the tie would be broken by fewest runs allowed per inning in competition involving only those three teams. In that case, the United States would advance if Mexico scores at least three runs against Canada on Thursday.
Basically the US must beat South Africa and hope that Mexico does not beat Canada by a score of 3-0 or less. Make sense? I didnt think so. :)
Anyway you cut it, this has already been an embarassment for the United States, but if we get eliminated from a world tournament that involves our national past-time, it will be utter humiliation.