Team China 2 at Phoenix 1
W: Y. Zhang (1-0, 0.00); L: D. Day (0-1, 2.25); SV: L. Zhang (1)
In what would be the first of the international games for the Desert Dogs, Phoenix saw Team China rally back for a 2-1 victory at Phoenix Municiple Stadium.
Minnesota's Anthony Swarzak would start the game for the Dogs, pitching 3 innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3. Meanwhile Phoenix jumped on Team China's starter Tao Bu (F/A) in the first inning.
Nyjer Morgan (Pittsburgh) singled his way onto first, then stole 2nd base. With Chris Getz (Chicago White Sox) at the plate, Bu would pick off Morgan at 2nd base. Getz then hit a line drive out to left, and was followed onto the bags by Ryan Sweeney (Chicago White Sox). Jason Delaney's (Pittsburgh) ground ball saw Getz of the plate but Bu would strike out Matt Macri (Minnesota) and Nolan Reimold (Baltimore) to end the inning.
Phoenix put Adam Russell (Chicago White Sox) on the mound to start the 3rd. After he got Fei Feng (F/A) to strike out, Yufeng Zhang (F/A) doubled out left. Wei Sun (F/A) would strike out as well, but Hongbo Zhang's (F/A) single brought Zhang across the plate to tie the game.
Russell would work 2 innings in the end, getting 4 strike outs. Fernando Herndandez (Chicago White Sox) and Justin Dowdy (Oakland) each worked an inning a piece for the Dogs, each getting a strike out and allowing no hits.
Bu would go 4 innings for Team China, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. He'd be replaced by Zheng Xu (F/A) who allowed 1 walk in 2 innings while striking out 1. Yunfeng Zhang (F/A) would pick up the win for Team China in the 7th, with Weilang Li (F/A) allowing 2 hits and a balk in the 8th that the Dogs could not capitalize on.
Dewon Day (Chicago White Sox) came on for the Dogs in the 8th. Lingfeng Sun (F/A) singled his way onto the bags, moved to second on Fenglian Hou's (F/A) ground out, then to 3rd on a wild pitch by Day. Wei Wang's (F/A) sac-fly would bring him in for the game winning run.
Sweeney and Delaney would both draw walks in the 9th, and would be moved into scoring position on Macri's sac bunt, but Reimold would strike out and Raul Padron (Oakland) would pop out to end the game.
The Dogs face Team USA on Saturday at 12:35 PM MST.