Netherlands Stun Team USA

Netherlands  7,  USA  5 Two big inningws gave the Netherlands a 7-run boost and a lead that they would not give up as Team USA lost their second game of the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Friday.  US starter Matt Shoemaker pitched just 3 innings and was responsible for all 7 runs.  A walk, a single, and a 3-run homer provided the Netherlands with a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning.  Shoemaker hit a batter, but then retired the...

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Team USA Holds Greece To Three Hits

USA 3,  Greece  0 Team USA took advantage of an error by the Greek team while the  US pitching staff combined for a 3-hit shut-out.  Drew Smyly (Tigers) got the start for Team USA.  He struck out 7 of the 19 batters he faced over 6 innings, while only allowing two hits with no walks.  One of the hits, a single in the 2nd inning, still resulted in an out when the batter tried to stretch his hit into a double. The only other hit was a...

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Mercer Again Boosts Team USA

USA  7,  Japan  3 Team USA earned their second win in a row with a defeat of Japan this evening.  This was the make-up for the game that was rained out on Sunday.  Team USA doubled up the Japanese on hits, 14 – 7, with Pirate farmhand SS Jordy Mercer picking up 2 hits.  Mercer is now 5-for-12 in three games, with two doubles, a homer, and 5 RBI. Team USA got onto the scoreboard first, with a pair of runs in the 2nd inning.  LF...

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Mercer 3-for-3 In Team USA Win

USA  15,  Taipei  1 SS Jordy Mercer went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, and 3 RBI as Team USA overwhelmed Chinese Taipei in World Cup Tournament play tonight.  The US hitters scored in 5 straight innings, including a huge 7-run 4th inning, and took advantage of 3 Taipei errors. Two quiet innings began the game.  Team USA scored one run in the top of the 3rd when CF Jordan Danks (White Sox) singled, then scored on Mercer’s...

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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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