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Two Hits For Mercer, But Team USA Loses To Cuba

Two Hits For Mercer, But Team USA Loses To Cuba

Cuba 8,  USA 7

SS Jordy Mercer was back in the lineup for Team USA, but even his two hits were not enough to help the US overcome Cuba.

With Jeff Marquez (Yankees) on the mound for the US, Cuba got going with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  Back-to-back singles opened the inning, then a wild pitch put both runners into scoring position.  A single up the middle drove in both runners, then two more singles loaded the bases, still with no outs.  A grounder to Mercer, who started a successful double play, resulted in two outs, but the runner from third base scored, and Cuba had a 3-0 lead.

3B Tommy Mendonca (Rangers) led off the top of the 2nd with a solo home run, to put Team USA onto the scoreboard.  Mendonca also contributed to a 3rd inning rally which tied the score.  DH Brett Jackson (Cubs) led off with a single, then moved to second base when the Cuba pitcher made a wide throw on a pickoff attempt.  2B Joe Thurston (Marlins) walked, and both runners tagged up and advanced ...

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