US starter Drew Smyly (Tigers) pitched 6 shutout innings to earn the win over Panama in the Pan Am tournament on Friday afternoon. Smyly allowed just 4 hits and one walk, while striking out 4 batters. Reliever Matt Shoemaker (Angels) pitched the 7th inning, also scoreless, and allowed one hit and one walk.
The game lasted 7 innings because Team USA was leading by more than 10 runs after those 7 innings. Pirates' SS Jordy Mercer contributed 3 hits and an RBI to the team effort, and scored 2 runs. The scoring began in the bottom of the 1st. With one out, Mercer started the rally with a single into center, and he moved to second base on a passed ball. An error at second base and a walk loaded the bases. DH Matt Clark (Padres) also walked, forcing in Mercer, then RF Brett Carroll (Red Sox) also worked a walk, forcing in the second run of the inning (the first was earned, the second was unearned).
The US batters went down in order in the 2nd and 3rd innin...
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.