Team USA advances to the Gold Medal competition in the Pan Am games tomorrow with a win today over the Cuban team. That means that Cuba will not go on to play for the Gold Medal -- for the first time in over 60 years-- and the first time since 1967 that Cuba will not come out of the tournament with the Gold.
Team USA jumped out to the early lead with 5 runs in the top of the 2nd game, then added 2 more runs in the 3rd inning for a 7-0 lead. Another big inning in the 4th gave the US 5 more runs. SS Jordy Mercer doubled in 2 runs, dropped down two sacrifice bunts, and scored 2 runs. Both CF Jordan Danks (White Sox) and RF Brett Carroll (Red Sox) had two hits each. Besides Mercer, 1B Jim Gallagher (White Sox) and C Tuffy Gosewisch (Phillies) also drove in two runs each.
The top of the 2nd began with a double by Carroll and a walk to DH Matt Clark (Padres). Mercer put down his bunt, and an error by the Cuban third baseman let Carroll come around from second ...
Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.