Forsythe, Team USA rally to opening game win
August 2, 2007
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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS— Logan Forsythe (Arkansas) broke up Yuske Iwamoto's no-hitter with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, scoring Jordan Danks (Texas) from third, and giving Team USA 1-0 victory over Japan on the first day of the World Port Tournament.
Danks walked to leadoff the ninth, moved to second on a bunt and to third on a flyout to center. Forsythe then took a 1-1 pitch up the middle to give Team USA their second ninth inning win of the week. Brett Hunter (3-0, Pepperdine) got the win in relief, retiring the final four batters in order. The game took a brisk two hours to play.
Ryan Berry (Rice) was in his own groove for Team USA, retiring eight in a row into the eighth, allowing just three hits. But his third walk, with two outs brought in Hunter, who struck out Koji Sakakibara to end the inning. Berry struck out four in the second pitcher's duel of the day at the tournament.
Iwamoto struck out four and walked four, allowing just that one hit on 115 pitches.
Iwamota's third walk of the night nearly led to a run, as Jordy Mercer (Oklahoma State) advanced to third following a leadoff walk, but pinch-hitter Justin Smoak's (South Carolina) slow groundout could not score Mercer as the game remained scoreless into the eighth.
Iwamota had a perfect game through five and one-third innings, before a Petey Paramore (Arizona State) walk. Iwamota walked two in the inning, but neither scored. Iwamota used 83 pitches through seven innings, still not allowing a hit, and just those two base runners.
The Americans are participating in the World Port Tournament for the first time in its 22-year, 11-time tournament... Cuba defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1, winning on a two-run home run in the seventh.
The Americans are off on August 3, before taking on The Netherlands on Saturday (1 p.m. Eastern), Chinese Taipei on Sunday (1 p.m.), Cuba on Monday (8 a.m.) to finish off the first round of competion... another set of four games starts on August 7, before the Finals on August 12.