Friday, November 2, 2007

Duensing, Outman shut out Saguaros

Team USA 3 at Peo Saguaros 0

W: J. Outman (1-1, 3.95); L: W. Wright (0-1, 6.08); SV: N. Musser (1)
HR: None.

Brian Duensing (Minnesota) and Josh Outman (Philadelphia) combined to hold the Peoria Saguaros to 7 hits over 8 innings in a blanking at the Peoria Sports Complex on Thursday.

This was Team USA's last warm up game before heading to the IBaF World Cup tournament in Chinese Taipei which starts Novemember 6th.

Duensing, a member of the 2006 Miracle, pitched 4 innings allowing 4 hits while striking out 2. Outman, who spend part of the 2007 season with the FSL Clearwater Phillies, allowed 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 in 4 innings.

The game was held scoreless until the top of the sixth inning. Jason Jaramillo (Philadelphia) singled off Saguaros Wesley Wright (LA Dodgers) to get on base. Colby Rasmus (St Louis) hit a double out left which put Jaramillo on 3rd. He'd cross the plate on Jayson Nix's (Colorado) ground out.

Team USA then added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the 7th. Delywn Young (LA Dodgers) and Andy LaRoache (LA Dodgers) both singled off Wright to get things moving. After Evan Longaria (Tampa Bay) lined out, Tyler Colvin (Chicago Cubs) would hit a soft line drive to center that brought in Young. LaRoche came home on Jaramillo's sac-fly to right.

Neal Musser (Kansas City) picked up the save in the game, shutting down the Saguaros in the ninth with a ground out and 2 fly outs.

Duensing pitched a total of 6 innings against AFL Teams, posting a 1.50 ERA and allowing only 1 run off 6 hits while striking out 3. The lefty from Marysville, Kansas, is not the only Twins prospect participating in the tournament. New Britain infielder Luke Hughes and right handed pitcher Josh Hill were named to Team Australia for the tournament. (Note: I could not find rosters for the other countries, so there could be several more prospects on the European teams.)


Former Miracle Alexi Casilla is batting .238 with 3 runs off 5 hits in 21 at bats (5 games) for the Gigantes del Cibao in Domincan Winter League Play. Former Miracle Julio DePaula is also on the team, but has only pitched .1 inning since the Giants began play on October 17th. Hurricane Noel has taken it's toll on the team schedule, as the last 5 games have been postponed due to rain.

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