Team Canada won the Pan Am tournament Gold Medal this evening with a win over the US. It was a tight game, with scoring in only two innings. Canada posted 7 hits, while the US had 6, and neither team committed an error.
Team USA scored first, with one run in the bottom of the 1st. With one out, LF AJ Pollock (Diamondbacks) singled through the right side of the infield. A passed ball moved him to second base, and he scored when RF Brett Carroll doubled down to the left field corner, giving the US a 1-0 lead.
Andy Van Hekken (Astros) held that lead for five scoreless innings, scattering 3 hits. But in the top of the 6th, with two outs, Van Hekken gave up three consecutive hits -- two singles, then a double down the right field line, driving in both base runners. That gave Canada the tying and go-ahead runs for a 2-1 lead. Van Hekken pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing one walk. He exited after that inning, with 2 runs on 6 hits and the one walk, an...
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.