Team USA opens Pan Am Games with a win
July 15, 2007
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-- Tyson Ross (2-0, California) served up a heavy diet of off-speed pitches as Team USA (12-5, 1-0 Pan Am Games) won their opener of Pan American Games on a warm and windy Sunday afternoon, 5-1, over the Dominican Republic (0-1 Pan Am)
Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a steal and an RBI, igniting two-out rallies in the third and fifth innings. Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) added two hits.
Ross went the first six and two-third innings, giving up one run on four hits, while striking out seven and walking one, leaving with a 3-1 lead.
A solo home run by Enrique Wilson in the sixth cut the American lead to 3-1, before two runs in the eighth upped the lead back up to 5-1.
Brett Hunter (Pepperdine), in relief of Ross with the tying runs on base in the seventh, got an inning ending strikeout, before walking two in the eighth with a four-run cushion. Jordy Mercer (Oklahoma State) then rolled a double play ball on the second pitch to send it into the ninth. Mercer then pitched a scoreless ninth.
Team USA plated their first run in the third off a delayed steal with runners on the corners with two outs to lead 1-0. Forsythe stole second easily and the ensuing throw from catcher Anderson Mejia sailed into centerfield and allowed Jordan Danks (Texas) to score from third for a 1-0 lead.
Forsythe added to the lead in the fifth with a two-out RBI single to the left side to give the Americans a 2-0 lead and chase starter Omar Beltre from the game. Alvarez followed with an RBI single up the middle off of reliever Alexis Ogando to make it 3-0.
Beltre gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits over four and one-third innings for the loss.
The Dominican team featured notable former Major Leaguers like Luis Polonia, Enrique Wilson, Delvi Cruz, Jose Offerman and Raul Mondesi... The Americans had not played since July 8, when they beat Japan.
The Americans continue pool play with Nicaragua on Monday, 30 minutes after the 9a .m. game between the Dominican Republic and Brazil on field one, before playing 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.