Mike Minor (Vanderbilt) pitched six strong innings while striking out twelve batters to lead Team USA to a 10-0 victory in seven innings over China in Mobile AL. The offense was led by Jordan Danks (Texas) who went 2-3 with two runs scored. Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) and Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) each homered in the game also. Team USA will be back in action on Tuesday when they face off against China again in Mobile AL.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL— Cody Satterwhite (Ole Miss) saved both ends of Team USA’s (15-5, 4-0 Pan Am Games) doubleheader at the Pan American Games, defeating Brazil 7-5 in the play-in game and then moving onto the Gold Medal Game following a 2-1 victory over Mexico. The Americans, who have won one gold medal (1967) and eight silver medals since 1951 at these Games, will face Cuba, who won their pool following a 4-0 victory over Nicaragua.
“Our goal for the summer was to play for a goal medal, and that’s where we are at,” said Manager Mike Weathers. “To win a double header in international play, is very difficult, and I’m proud of our guys today and the obstacles they had to face. We will be ready to go tomorrow.”
Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) had two multi-hit games today, giving him four for the Games, as he went 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI against Mexico, after going 2-for-3 with a key two-run single against Brazil.
“I felt good today. Playing for a gold medal means a lot,” said Satterwhite. “Good hitting got us into the finals, and we continue to play well.”
Brian Matusz (1-0, San Diego) threw six and one third innings in the semifinal win, giving it over to the bullpen with a 2-1 lead after giving just three hits and five strikeouts. Francisco Campos countered with two runs on seven hits, pitching into the seventh, taking the loss for Mexico.
“It was exciting to pitch in a semifinal game, maybe outside the gold medal, our most important game,” said Matusz. “I didn’t know a lot about Mexico, but I knew they had some power by the way they swung the bat. My off speed pitch was not great, but I was spotting my fastball and my changeup was getting grounders and popups.”
USA reliever Brett Hunter retired six in a row and two and one-third overall, before Benjamin Gil hit a two-out double in the ninth. Satterwhite, after walking a batter, got a lineout of Ivan Terrazas to pick up his third save of the summer.
Team USA took a 2-1 lead on Mexico in the fifth with an RBI double by Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) and an RBI single from Forsythe.
The Americans guaranteed the No. 1 seed in Pool A earlier in the day, holding on for a 7-5 win over host Brazil, thanks to a five-run seventh inning.
Joe Kelly (1-0, UC Riverside) got the win in relief, as Satterwhite came on with the bases loaded and no outs with a three-run lead in the ninth and got the save.
Claudio Yamada, the third of four pitchers in the seventh, threw eight-straight balls to walk the go-ahead run in for the Americans to ignite the inning. A Forsythe two-run single followed, before a Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) double made it 7-2.
Ryan Berry (Rice) gave up four hits and two runs over five and one third innings, but walked five, as the Americans tied the game in the sixth and second innings.
U.S. PAN AMERICAN NOTES
The Americans have won a medal in 14 out of the previous 16 games since the games started in 1951. They won their only gold medal in 1967 in Canada, and finished a runner-up another eight times. In their last series in 2003, when Manager Mike Weathers and assistant Mark Scalf were assistants, Team USA finished with a silver medal to Cuba… Team USA’s pitching staff was called for 12 walks on Wednesday, after averaging just under three per game over the first 18 games.
With Mexico winning the continued game over Venezuela 3-2 in 10 innings, Cuba earned the No. 1 seed in Pool B and Mexico was the No. 2 seed…. Nicaragua defeated the Dominican Republic 2-0 in the other play-in game, giving Nicaragua and the Dominican 1-2 records in Pool B, and guaranteeing the Americans a medal game about 90 minutes prior to USA’s final pitch against Brazil.
The Valley League has released their players of the week for the week ending on July 16th. They named Bradley Ray and Brett Stewart as the Players of the Week while Daniel Malone and Russ Brewer picked up Pitchers of the Week. Bradley Ray (Auburn) batted .320 with 2 homers last weekend. Brett Stewart (Appalachian State) hit .375 for the week with four runs scored and four driven in. Daniel Malone (Northwest Missouri State) went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 14 innings last week. Russ Brewer (Vanderbilt) threw a complete game shutout last week on Thursday while only allowing three hits.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL— The top of the American order reached base safely a combined 11 times as Team USA (13-5, 2-0 Pan Am Games) remained perfect at the Pan American Games following an 8-4 victory over Nicaragua (0-2 Pan Am).Number-three hitter Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) drove in five runs, going 3-for-4, while No. 2 hitter Logan Forsythe walked three times and added two hits. Leadoff hitter Jordan Danks (Texas) added a hit and two walks, as the trio were a combined 6-for-10 with five walks, five runs and three steals.
Danny Espinosa (Long Beach State), Roger Kieschnick (Texas Tech) and Brett Wallace (Arizona State) added two hit days as well, part of the 14-hit attack.
Lance Lynn (1-0, Ole Miss) fought through seven innings, after giving up two runs in the first. Lynn gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, walking two and striking out one for the win. Lynn had entered the Pan American Games as the team’s strikeout leader.
The Americans scored three runs in the first to chase Nicaraguan starter and loser Luz Portobanco from the game. An RBI single by Alvarez, followed by a double steal gave the Americans a 2-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Brett Wallace then made it 3-0.
After the Nicaraguans scored two in the bottom of the first, Alvarez came right back with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. A two-run double by Alvarez in the fourth then made it 6-2. Alvarez’s final RBI came in the eighth, thanks to a two-out RBI single.
A chance of rain threatened the game as a heavy fog blanketed the tops of the mountains… rain began sprinkling in the third inning and was off and on the rest of the game… Pedro Alvarez drove in a summer-best five and has seven RBIs over the last three games… the seventh inning stretch was actually provided by Dodgers Stadium’s organist via computer… the Dominican Republic beat Brazil 14-2 in eight innings in the first game, as both the Dominicans and the Brazilians enter the final day of pool play with a record of 1-1… DR will play Nicaragua at 10 a.m. on the other field…. Panama finished their pool play on the B side 3-0 with a 9-0 win over Mexico.
The Americans continue pool play with host Brazil on Tuesday at 10 a.m. on field one. The games were pushed back a day for the Americans, due to lighting safety concerns for night games during the Pan American Games… Two more medal-round games follow on July 18 and 19.
Press release: http://www.rogerclemensaward.com/07winner.html
Team USA picked up a 5-1 victory over the Dominican Republic to open up pool play. Tyson Ross (Cal) started on the mound and kept the Dominican offense off balance with solid off-speed stuff and a good fastball. He lasted 6.2 innings while giving up four hits and one run while striking out seven batters. Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) went 3-4 with an RBI while Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) went 2-5 with an RBI to lead Team USA offense. The Dominican team consisted of former major league players in Jose Offerman, Raul Mondesi, Delvi Cruz, Enrique Wilson, and Luis Polonia.
Team USA will be back in action on Monday when they play Nicaragua and will play Brazil on Tuesday in the final game of group play.
Team USA took the final game of their series with the Japan University All-Stars by a score of 7-3. The USA team took advantage of three walks and two errors by the Japanese team to score six runs in the inning. Tommy Medica (Santa Clara) led the offense by going 2-3 with two runs scored and a run driven in. Mike Minor (Vanderbilt) pitched three innings in relief while giving up only one run on three hits to put his record for the summer at 4-0. Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) was named Team USA’s MVP for the series while Shinya Muramatsu was given the MVP award for Team Japan. The USA national team now heads to the Pan-American games which start on July 14th against the Dominican Republic.
Team USA picked up a 7-2 victory over Japan in the opener of a five game series between the countries. The USA team was led by a strong start from Tyson Ross (Cal) who threw seven innings while only allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. The offense was led by Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) who had a homer in the first inning while going 2-3 with two RBI with three runs scored. Team USA and Japan will play on Thursday in Kannapolis NC before heading back to Durham for the remainder of the series. The games in Durham are webcasted through USA Baseball.
Team USA Recap
We can now look ahead to the 2008 MLB Draft prospects as Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) and Justin Smoak (South Carolina) lead the draft eligible players. They will also be joined by pitchers Jacob Thompson (UVA) and Brian Matusz (USD). All four of these players are on Team USA this summer as the team will take part in the Pan-American games and the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands. Ike Davis (Arizona State) and Jordan Danks (Texas) also get some talk about being in the top of the 2008 draft. We have found two sites that are already giving their predictions on the upcoming draft which can be read about by clicking the links below.
Team USA got six strong innings from starting pitcher Mike Minor (Vanderbilt) who only gave up one run on five hits while walking only a single batter and striking out four hitters in a 5-1 victory over Chinese Taipei on Tuesday evening. Team USA was led on offense by Danny Espinosa (Long Beach State) went 2-4 with two RBI. Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) also went 2-4 in the game. Team USA will now play Japan in a five game series which starts tomorrow (July 4th).