The American bullpen can hold the line, but the American offense has just a dozen outs left with which to make up the four-run deficit in this game. As good as the American hitters are, four runs look like a lot against the Japanse pitching staff. One an inning would do the trick.
Ryan Braun flies out to shallow left on the first pitch from Toshiya Sugiuchi. He really needs to take a pitch there. He's never seen Sugiuchi before, and Sugiuchi only threw to one batter in the last inning.
Brian McCann, who lacks Braun's platoon advantage against the left-handed Sugiuchi, does take pitches. In fact, he draws a full-count walk without taking the bat of his shoulder. Much better.
Mark DeRosa then smartly forces Sugiuchi to throw a strike, which he does on 1-0. DeRosa then rips into the 1-1 pitch, but the wind holds it up at the left field warning track, just in front of the home bullpen, for the second out. That's the second time in this game that DeRosa hit a would-be home run into the wind, though this one was more likely to go out on a still day.
Curtis Granderson completes the hat-trick by flying out to left as well.
Nine outs left for the USA.