Team USA dominates Puerto Rico, 11-1
Colin Reed and Zach Davies combine for two-hitter
Nov. 25, 2007
(COAMO, Puerto Rico) -- Another solid pitching performance by a Team USA starter set the tone for an 11-1 drubbing of Puerto Rico. Colin Reed (Belmont, CA) gave up one hit in six innings of work and Zach Davies (Gilbert, AZ) pitched a scoreless seventh to close it out for the Americans. Andre Real (Orange, CA), Dean Lockwood (Royal Palm Beach, FL), and Reinaldo Almora (Hialeah, FL) all homered for Team USA in the victory.
Team USA is now 2-0 in pool play will have an off day on Monday. The U.S. next faces Guatemala Tuesday, November 27 at 10:00 a.m.
The U.S. got on the board early when Almora homered with one out in the top of the second inning giving Team USA an early lead 1-0. The third inning brought more base runners but no runs as Davies and Real were left stranded on base.
Puerto Rico broke up Reed's no-hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning with a leadoff double by Ahorrio (PR). Valentin (PR) then bunted him to second and Ahorrio later scored on a fielder's choice to tie the score up 1-1 after four innings of play.
Team USA got things going again in the top of the sixth when Andre Real reached on an error by the shortstop then Alex Real (Phoenix, AZ) was hit by a pitch. After Puerto Rico made a pitching change, Almora then singled in Andre Real. With two on and one out Lockwood added three more insurance runs with a 3-run blast to right field. Going into the bottom of the sixth Team USA was on top 5-1. The runs kept coming in the top of the seventh as Andre Real hit a 2-run homer. With the bases loaded Jake Gober (Sammamish, WA) singled in Alex Real making the score 8-1. Team USA added 3 more runs for a final tally of 11-1.
Pitching Coach Tim O'Brien was very impressed with the pitching the first two games.
"To see two kids step up on days one and two sets the bar for the rest of the pitching staff to follow," O'Brien said. "To give a team like Puerto Rico so little opportunity it has to fuel the whole teams hopes for the rest of the tournament."
Almora finished the day going 3-4 with two RBI's including a solo homerun that started the scoring for Team USA. "I was thinking bat to the ball and making contact. I wasn't trying to hit a homerun because I knew my teammates would pick me up if I got on base. I got fortunate and the ball left the park."
Reed pitched six outstanding innings giving up one run on one hit and striking out nine.
By The Numbers: Over the first two games Team USA has hit six homeruns and struck out 22 opposing batters.