Okotoks Dawgs product Jim Henderson had an outing to forget Sunday as the perennial favourite Americans capitalized on his wobbly half-inning behind the mound to blow past Canada 9-4 at the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
The highly touted Milwaukee Brewers prospect gave up three hits and three earned runs in a disastrous eight inning in Phoenix that allowed the Americans to claw back from a late 3-2 deficit.
Adam Jones drove in two runs and Shane Victorino batted in another to prematurely end Henderson’s day.
The Calgary native was relieved after throwing only 18 pitches, nine of which were strikes.
Canada failed to manage a comeback despite loading the bases twice and popping in a single run in the bottom of the eight.
The loss eliminated Canada from the third ever MLB-organized international baseball competition, while the victory propels the Americans to the second round in Miami.
Sunday’s letdown comes only a day removed from Canada’s huge 10-3 victory over Mexico in a chaotic game that featured a feisty bench-clearing brawl in the ninth.
Canada lost 14-4 to Italy in their first game of the tournament on Friday night.
Italy beat Mexico 6-5 on Thursday and will join the Americans in the second round of the competition.
Canada came into the WBC with one of its most star-studded rosters ever complied for the tournament, including 2010 NL MVP and Cincinnati Reds superstar Joey Votto.
Henderson, first drafted in 2003 by the Montreal Expos, is widely touted as one of the most promising young Canadian pitchers in the MLB after being called up by the Milwaukee Brewers last season.
The call-up capped off a terrific campaign for Henderson, who won a spot in the Pacific Coast League’s All-Star game for his strong play behind the mound for the Nashville Sounds, the Brewers’ AAA affiliate.