Team USA Falls To Puerto Rico, As Mercer Helps In 9th Inning Rally

Puerto Rico  8,  USA  4 Puerto Rico’s grand slam in the top of the 10th inning broke a 4-4 tie and gave Team USA the loss in their first World Cup/Pan Am tournament game.  Former Pirate farmhand Todd Redmond (Braves) made the start for Team USA, but he gave up 3 runs to Puerto Rico in the top of the 1st.  CF Raymond Fuentes opened the game with a single, then former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa worked a walk.  A single and a...

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Team USA And Japan Rained Out

Team USA was all set to play their first game in the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Sunday evening.  However, rain in Panama City washed out the game.  No date has been set yet for the make-up game, though  Wednesday October 5th is a scheduled day off for the tournament.  Former Pirate Todd Redmond was scheduled to be the starter for tonight’s game, and SS Jordy Mercer was also in the line-up.   In other Tournament Games:...

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Mercer And Team USA Ready To Begin World Cup/Pan Am Tournament

Team USA will play their first game in the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Sunday evening in Panama City, Panama.  The team features Pirates’ farmhand infielder Jordy Mercer, who split the 2011 season between the Altoona Curve and the Indianapolis Indians.  Also on Team USA is catcher Travis d’Arnaud, brother of Pirates’ Chase d’Arnaud.  Travis d’Arnaud played at the AA level in the Blue Jays’...

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Nancy Zinni’s 2011 Indianapolis Indians Recap Part One

The Indianapolis Indians finished the season with a team batting average of .263.  This is remarkably consistent with their team batting averages for the past few years — .262 in 2010, 2008, and 2007, .and 260 in 2009.  While the team was third in the league in total hits (1282) and doubles (277), they were last in the league in homers with just 91.  The Indians led the International League in triples with 45, and that was 13...

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Nancy Zinni’s 2011 Indianapolis Indians Recap Part Two

Also check out Part One: The Hitters We had high hopes for the Indians’ pitchers in 2011.  This was the group of pitchers who won everything with the Altoona Curve in 2010 — Rudy Owens,  Jared Hughes, Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, plus relievers Michael Dubee and Danny Moskos.  This was supposed to be a great pitching year for the Indians. Unfortunately, that’s not what really happened.  There...

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