Monday, November 12, 2007

Team USA pounds Spain, Aussies double up Korea

Colby Rasmus

USA 12 at Spain 2

WP: Trahern (1-0) LP: Rizo (0-1)
HR: USA: LaRoche (2), Anderson, Pearce, Longoria, Rasmus

A seven run 7th inning by Team USA finished off Spain early under the International Baseball Federation's mercy win rule.

Jayson Nix's (Colorado) triple was followed by an Andy LaRoche (LA Dodgers) home run gave Team USA 2 runs in the first. Brian Bixler's (Pittsburgh) error in the bottom of the inning allowed Spain to get on the board, cutting the lead in half.

But Justin Ruggiano (Tampa Bay) lead off with a single in the 2nd inning before catcher Brian Anderson (St Louis), who was 4-for-4 in the game, crushed one over the wall. That was followed up in the 3rd by a solo shot over the left field wall by Steve Pearce (Pittsburgh).

Spain starter Miguel Rizo came off the mound after the 3rd, and the game remained scoreless for the next three innings.

Delwyn Young (LA Dodgers) led off the 7th with a walk that was followed by Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay) putting one over the left field bleachers. Ruggiano walked and Anderson followed him onto base with a single before Colby Rasmus (St Louis) sent one deep into left for an in-the-park home run. Pinch hitter Michael Holliman (Detroit) would draw a walk before LaRoche hit his second home run of the game.

Starter Dallas Trahern (Detroit) was solid, scattering six hits and giving up only one unearned run through four innings of work before giving way to Jerry Blevins (Oakland) in the fifth. Blevins pitched two perfect innings while striking out two.

The win gives the Team USA a 4-1 record and 1st place in Group A, with Chinese Taipei and Italy both .5 games back. One or the other will draw even with Team USA following Monday's game between the two.

The Americans take Monday off before facing South Africa on Tuesday and Chinese Taipei on Wednesday.

In other Group A play, Mexico defeated Chinese Taipei 9-5, Italy shut out South Africa 8-0, and Japan downed Panama, 6-2.

Game Notes

Korea 1 at Australia 2

WP: Bright (1-0) LP: Hwang (0-1)
HR: AUS: Hughes

Benjamin Risinger (Independant) was 2-for-3 with 1 RBI for Team Australia and Justin Huber (Kansas City) went 2-for-4 as the Boys from Down Under defeated the Korea, 2-1.

Luke Hughes (Minnesota) went yard in the bottom of the sixth to give the Aussies an earlier lead.

Korea took it back in the bottom of the 7th when Si Hyun Son singled, then came home on San Song's double.

It appeared that the game might go into extra innings through when Brad Harman (Philadelphia) struck out to start the bottom of the 9th. Huber doubled out to right field however. After Glenn Williams (Minnesota) struck out, Risinger singled out to center and Huber came home to give Team Australia the win.

Williams and Trent Oeltjen (Minnesota) were both 0-for-4 in the game. Harman was 1-for-4, but did not factor into the scoring.

The amazing Aussies take Monday off as well.

In other Group B play, Canada downed the Netherlands 7-1, Cuba blanked Venezuela 10-0, and Germany shut out Thailand, 2-0.

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