Team USA And Japan Rained Out

Team USA was all set to play their first game in the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Sunday evening.  However, rain in Panama City washed out the game.  No date has been set yet for the make-up game, though  Wednesday October 5th is a scheduled day off for the tournament.  Former Pirate Todd Redmond was scheduled to be the starter for tonight’s game, and SS Jordy Mercer was also in the line-up.

 

In other Tournament Games:

Canada  9, Puerto Rico  1

Team Canada started their tournament play with 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning.  With one out, a double, a walk to Jamie Romak, and another walk loaded the bases with Canadians.  A single up the middle complicated by a fielding error in center field allowed the first two runs to score (including Romak), and an  RBI ground out made it 3-0.  A solo home run in the 4th inning gave Canada a 4-0 lead, and they added a 2-run homer in the 6th.  Three more runs scored in the 7th inning, after Canada loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.  Dustin Molleken pitched the 9th inning for Team Canada.  He gave up a single to former Indy Indian DH Cesar Crespo, but erased him and ended the game with a double play.  Another former Indy Indian, SS Luis Figueroa doubled for Puerto Rico in the 6th inning.

Cuba  14, Australia  0

The Cubans pounded the Aussies with 6 runs in the 4th, 4 runs in the 7th, and 2 runs in both the 1st and 5th innings.  The Australians were held to just 3 hits, while their popular pitching ace Dushan Ruzic surrendered 8 runs (7 earned) on 7 hits in the first 4 innings.  Former Pirate farmhand Paul Mildren pitched to 5 batters to begin the 6th inning.  He loaded the bases with a walk and two hits.  He was relieved by Todd Van Steensel, who was able to get the final out of the inning without a run scoring.  The game was halted after 7 innings, due to International baseball rules — Cuba was leading by more than 10 runs.

 

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Nancy Zinni

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.

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