Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Team USA strikes Gold!

Evan Longoria

USA 6 at Cuba 3

WP: Shell (1-0) LP: Marti (1-1) SAVE:Stevens (2)
HR: USA: Nix

It was evident fairly early on in the tournament that Team USA and Team Cuba were the baseball power houses, so it was really no surprise to see them square off for the gold medal. Cuba has owned this tournmant over the years, so perhaps it was a bit of a surprise to see Team USA come away with the gold.

But that is exactly what happened, as Team USA doubled up Team Cuba 6-3 to take home the coveted hardware.

Singles to Delwyn Young (LA Dodgers), Justin Ruggiano (Tampa Bay) and Jason Jaramillo (Philladelphia) put USA on the board in 2nd inning with one. Brian Bixler (Pittsburgh) would be walked by Cuban starter Yadel Marti to load the bases with just one out. Colby Rasmus (St Louis) drew walk off Cuban reliever Norberto Gonzalez as did Jayson Nix (Colorado), making the score 3-0 before Yuniesky Maya came in for team Cuba to retire the side.

The Americans added another run in the 3rd with Evan Longoira (Tampa Bay) leading off a single which was followed 1 out later by Ruggiano's second of the game was well. Jaramillo's double plated Longoria.

Nix make it 5-0 USa with a solo home run, his second of the tournament.

Minesota's Brian Duensing took the start for Team USA and was near perfect through 4 innings. with 2 outs on the board and a runner on 1st, Young over-ran a single in the outfield putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Alfredo Despaigne then ripped a single to right, scoring the runners, making the score 5-2. Duensing was lifted in favor of Steven Shell (LA Angels) who got Cuba to hit into a ground out to end the inning.

A Longoria single and a Young double gave Team USA their 6th run in the 7th inning.

Shell would give up a double to Yulesky Gourriel and a single to Alexander Mayeta to make it a 6-3 game in the 8th.

Jerry Blevins (Oakland) and Jeff Stevens (Cleveland) finished off the game for the States.

Duensing would allowed 5 hits and strike out 2 during his time on the mound, only one of his runs was earned.

Cuba took home the silver with Japan earning the Bronz with a 5-0 win over the Netherlands. Minnesota Twins prospect Loek Van Mil pitched 1.2 innings for the Dutchmen, allowing 1 earned run on 2 walks while striking out 2.

Team USA

Korea 6 at Australia 2

WP: Cho (1-0) LP: Wiltshire (1-1) SAVE:Hyun (1)

Korea would drop the Aussies 5-2 to pick up 5th place in the tournament with the Boys from Down Under having to settle for 6th.

Minnesota's Trent Oeljen would be 2-for-5 at the plate, Glenn Williams as 1-for-5 and Luke Hughes was 1-for-3.

Following an ejection yesterday, Josh Hill (Minnesota) would pitch for .2 innings in the 8th.

Australia got on the board first in the bottom of the 1st when Oeltjen singled, then stole 2nd. Brad Harman (Philadlephia) would draw a walk and the pair would then pull a double steal of 3rd and 2nd respectively. Justin Huber's (Kansas City) single plated Oeltjen, and Ben Risinger (San Diego) ground into a fielder's choice that allowed Harman to score. Williams would hit into a double play to end the inning.

Adam Bright (Colorado) allowed a triple to Si Hyun Son in the top of the 6th that contributed to a 4 run inning for team Korea. The would tack another run on in the 8th with Ji Hwan Son doubling in Si Hyun Son off Adrian Burnside.

Andrew Wiltshire (Independant) took the loss, working 5.1 innings and being tagged for 3 earned runs on 4 hits, and 1 walk while striking out 5.

Mexico defeated Chinese Taipei for the 7th and 8th placement in the tournment.

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