USA  5,  Panama  0

It took a near-miracle, but Team USA is heading to Round Two of the World Cup/Pan Am tournament.  After Team USA's loss to Canada on Sunday afternoon, two things needed to happen for the US to advance to the second round.  The easier condition was that Team USA was going to have to beat host-team Panama on Monday, a game that had been postponed due to rain earlier in the week.  The tougher condition:  Chinese Taipei, who had an 0-5 record in the tournament (including a 15-1 loss to the US), was going to have to beat Puerto Rico on Sunday night.

It must have seemed miraculous to the Taipei team -- they defeated Puerto Rico 3-1, for their only win of the tournament.  A 2-run homer in the 2nd inning gave Taipei a lead they would not give up, and three Taipei pitchers ...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.