Team USA fell just short in Saturday's game against Mexico in the Pan Am tournament. After three scoreless innings, the US scored a run in the top of the 4th, when RF Brett Carroll (Red Sox) bounced into a double play, scoring 2B Joe Thurston (Marlins) from third base. Mexico answered with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Mexico also scored a run in the 5th. All three Mexican run came off USA starter Jeff Marquez (Yankees). Marquez allowed the runs on 5 hits and a walk, with 3 strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Team USA scored another run in the 7th inning on an RBI single by 3B Tommy Mendonca (Rangers).
SS Jordy Mercer went 0-for-4 in the game with two strikeouts. Pirates' Rogelio Noris, now on Team Mexico (which explains why he's not been on the field for Los Venados de Mazatlan), went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Noris went 0-for 5 in Mexico's 2-1 win over Panama on Wednesday and 0-for-2 with a walk against the Dominican on Thursday.
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.