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Team USA Defeats South Korea And Venezuela; Mercer Homers

Team USA Defeats South Korea And Venezuela; Mercer Homers

USA  3,  South Korea  1

Three US pitchers combined to hold South Korea to just one run on 4 hits this afternoon in World Cub/Pan Am tournament Second Round play.  Matt Shoemaker (Angels) made the start for the US and hurled 5 shutout innings.  He allowed just a double over the first 4 of those innings.  In the 5th, with two outs, Shoemaker gave up a single and a walk, but ended the inning with a fly out.

Team USA got off to a solid start with a run in the top of the 1st.  RF Brett Jackson (Cubs) opened the game with a single into left field, then stole second base.  He scored on DH Joe Thurston's  (Marlins) RBI single into right.  3B Tommy Mendonca (Rangers) and CF Jordan Danks (White Sox) led off the top of the 2nd with back-to-back singles, moving Mendonca to third.  2B Andrew Garcia walked to load the bases with one out, then Jackson brought in Mendonca with a sacrifice fly.

That 2-0 lead lasted until the bottom of the 6th.  Royce Ring  (Red Sox) relieved Shoemaker to begin...

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