World Cup Ends With Rain Out For Team USA
Rain and poor field conditions forced the International Baseball Federation to cancel the World Cup Tournament’s Bronze Medal game this afternoon in Panama. Team USA and Team Canada were tied with 4-3 records after Round Two. The Federation declared both teams tied for third place in the final standings, though they have yet to decide what to do about actually awarding bronze medals. Canada had a 6-1 record in Round One, while Team USA had a 4-3 record in that round, so they might decide to give the medal to Canada.
The Championship game, between Netherlands and Cuba is currently being delayed by rain.
Pirates’ Jordy Mercer finished the tournament with a .345 batting average (10-for-29), with 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 8 RBI. Former Pirate farmhand starting pitcher Todd Redmond finished the tournament with a 4.32 ERA and an 0-1 record. He made 3 starts and pitched 16.1 innings, allowing 16 hits, 10 runs (8 earned). He also walked 4 batters and struck out 10.
The IBAF has decided to award Bronze medals to both the US and Canada, making them c0-bronze winners.
US 2B Joe Thurston (Marlins) was named to the tournament All-Star team. OF Jordan Danks (White Sox) was credited for having the most stolen bases in the tournament.
The Netherlands beat Cuba 2-1 in the championship game, giving the Netherlands the Gold medal and Cuba the Silver.
Team USA will continue with the Pan Am tournament in Mexico. Their first game, against the Dominican Republic will be played on Thursday.