Nelson Figueroa helped eliminate Team USA from the World Baseball Classic on Friday by tossing six shutout innings as part of a 4-3 victory for Puerto Rico.
Figueroa wasn't bringing much velocity, but he kept Team USA guessing by working both sides of the plate with precision. The 38-year-old journeyman gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out two. Team USA had plenty of chances after Figueroa left the game, but they failed to capitalize. With the win, Puerto Rico has clinched a spot in the WBC semifinals in San Francisco while Team USA has been eliminated from the tournament.