Analysis

Team USA Heads To Round Two

Team USA Heads To Round Two

USA  5,  Panama  0

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 ...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

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.

More in Analysis

Williams: Ten Players Who Could Move Up in Our Prospect Rankings This Year

Tim WilliamsJuly 20, 2017

Pirates Notebook: Rotation is on an Impressive Run, Moroff Returns to the Lineup

Alan SaundersJuly 20, 2017

MLB’s Home Run Increase: Is the Baseball Juiced, or is Something Else Happening?

Alan SaundersJuly 20, 2017

A New Approach For Max Moroff Leads to a Walkoff Winner Against the Brewers

Alan SaundersJuly 20, 2017

Ivan Nova Shows a Bit of Regression, But Pirates Still Take the Win Against the Brewers

Alan SaundersJuly 19, 2017

Pirates Notebook: Starling Marte Returns to Hitting Leadoff in Return From Suspension

Alan SaundersJuly 18, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects