It took a near-miracle, but Team USA is heading to Round Two of the World Cup/Pan Am tournament. After Team USA's loss to Canada on Sunday afternoon, two things needed to happen for the US to advance to the second round. The easier condition was that Team USA was going to have to beat host-team Panama on Monday, a game that had been postponed due to rain earlier in the week. The tougher condition: Chinese Taipei, who had an 0-5 record in the tournament (including a 15-1 loss to the US), was going to have to beat Puerto Rico on Sunday night.
It must have seemed miraculous to the Taipei team -- they defeated Puerto Rico 3-1, for their only win of the tournament. A 2-run homer in the 2nd inning gave Taipei a lead they would not give up, and three Taipei pitchers ...
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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.