The United States Olympic Baseball team is taking on the Cuban Olympic team in the semifinals of the Olympic Baseball Tournament at 6 am Eastern time on Friday. The United States is expected to start San Diego State junior to be Stephen Strasberg to the mound where he was outstanding against the Netherlands in his only Olympic start. Continue reading USA vs Cuba Live Stream
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BEIJING — Playing for the first time under the new extra-innings rule for Olympic competition, Cuba scored twice in the top of the 11th inning with the U.S. only able to plate one run in the bottom half, giving Cuba a 5-4 victory over the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team on Friday afternoon at the Wukesong Main Field. Continue reading Cuba defeats USA 5-3
The USA Olympic Baseball team takes on Cuba tonight at 11:30 pm Eastern time. The game can be watched online for free by clicking here.
Trevor Cahill will take the ball for the US team and Cuba will send Luis Miguel Rodriguez.
UPDATE #1: Cuba and Team USA is tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
UPDATE #2: Cuba and USA start the tenth inning tied at 3. Cuba’s Bell hit a leadoff triple to center field to start the inning off well. Kevin Jepsen is able to get the next two batters to strikeout and then gets the final batter of the inning to ground out to third base. Team USA is coming up to bat right now.
UPDATE #3: Taylor Teagarden gets hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the tenth off well for Team USA. Jason Donald lays a bunt down to get Teagarden to second with one out. Cuba gets the next two guys to pop up. We are off to the 11th inning. This is going to be the first time the new rules of having two runners on base to start the inning is in effect.
UPDATE #4: Cuba scores two runs in the top of the 11th while USA only scores one in the bottom of the 11th so the Cubans stay undefeated while USA drops to 1-2 in the tourney.
A FULL RECAP WILL BE UP TOMORROW
The defending Olympic champion Cuba picked up a 4-2 victory over Japan to open up their 2008 Olympics. The Cuban team was led by Alfredo Despaigne who went 3-4 with three RBI while Alexei Bell went 2-4 with two RBI. Norge Luis Vera started the game where he went six innings allowing two runs and seven hits. Pedro Luis Lazo pitched the final three innings allowing two hits to pick up the save. Continue reading Cuba knocks off Japan 4-2
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
(HAARLEM, Netherlands) – Jared Clark’s leadoff home run in the top of the sixth broke a 1-1 tie, and Kendal Volz (Baylor; Bulverde, Texas) notched his fifth save of the tournament as the USA Baseball National Team defeated Cuba 4-1 Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the 24th Haarlem Baseball Week at Pim Mullier Stadium. Team USA improved to 14-0 on the 2008 tour with the win and finished 7-0 in the Haarlem Baseball Week. Continue reading Team USA wins Gold Medal game over Cuba
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(HAARLEM, The Netherlands) – Kendal Volz (Baylor; Bulverde, Texas) caught pinch-hitter Yoandrys Urgelles looking on a 2-2 slider for the third out of the ninth, stranding runners at second and third as the USA Baseball National Team defeated Cuba 1-0 in Sunday’s Haarlem Baseball Week pool-play action at Pim Mullier Stadium. Team USA improved to 9-0 on its 2008 tour and is the only remaining undefeated team at Haarlem Baseball Week. Continue reading Team USA edges Cuba 1-0
Cuba took advantage of some sloppy Team USA defense to pull out an 8-2 victory in the final game of the first round of the World Port Tournament. Alfredo Despaigne went 2-3 with two homers and five RBI. His second homer came in the seventh inning when Cuba scored five runs to make a 3-2 game in a 8-2 advantage. Scott Gorgen (UC-Irvine) started for Team USA and gave them six solid innings while giving up three runs (one earned) but struck out ten batters without allowing a walk. Cuba ended up getting to reliever Josh Romanski (San Diego) for five runs in two innings of work. Yulieski Gonzalez started for the Cuban team and gave them 7.1 innings while giving up both runs. Arley Sanchez relieved Gonzalez while going 1.1 perfect innings before being lifted for Vicyohandri Odelin who got the final out of the game. Team USA was led on offense by Pedro Alvarez who homered for the third straight game while going 2-4 with 2 RBI. Team USA is back in action on Tuesday when they start the second round of the round robin tournament with Japan at 1 p.m. Eastern. Team USA is currently in a tie for second place with Chinese Taipei. The College Baseball Blog has found out that they are providing live scoring from the games which is available by clicking here.
Team USA Recap
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL— Cuba’s Adiel Palma struck out 19 over two starts at the Pan American Games, including nine Americans on Friday morning, to lead Cuba (4-1 Pan Am) to a 3-1 win and gold medal over Team USA (15-6, 4-1 Pan Am).
Palma gave up just four hits over eight and two-thirds, as Cuba won its 12th gold medal since the start of the games in 1951, while Team USA won their ninth silver medal. Palma retired the final eight batters he faced, facing just three over the minimum.
“It was a tough loss, but I thought we played well,” said Manager Mike Weathers, who has won three silver medals against Cuba, as a player (1970), assistant (2003) and manager (2007). “ We couldn’t solve their pitching. Both teams played very well. We should be very proud to win a silver medal. We overcame a lot and accomplished many things. These guys will take home a lot of memories.”
Closer Pedro Lazo struck out three in a row, before Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) came through with a two-out base hit in the ninth. Justin Smoak (South Carolina) then flew out to center to end the contest.
Jordan Danks (Texas) broke up Palma’s perfect game to lead off the fourth inning after the U.S. trailed 3-0. Danks scored on a two-out single by Smoak to cut the lead to 3-1.
A two-out double by Alex Mayeta in the third gave the Cubans an early 2-0 lead. A two-out infield single in the fourth plated another run to give Cuba a 3-0 advantage.
American starter Jacob Thompson (1-2, Virginia) last just the first four innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, surrendering his first earned runs of the summer. Four U.S. pitchers did not allow a run the rest of the way.
U.S. PAN AMERICAN NOTES
Team USA won their only gold medal in 1967 in Canada and have medaled in 16 of 18 games… Team USA came into the final game batting .303 as a team in Brazil, managing just five hits in the final game.
The Americans return to the U.S. later today as they begin a five-game series with China starting on July 22 and 24 in Mobile, AL… Team USA will then head North to Birmingham, Rome, GA and Ft. Mill, SC before finishing off the nine-game American trip with the Netherlands and Russia in North Carolina… the team closes out their schedule at the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands starting on August 2… Mexico and Nicaragua were awarded dual bronze medals, not playing the consolation game.