Team USA drops second straight, 8-2

August 6, 2007

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  • ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS— Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) homered for the third-straight day, but it was not enough as Cuba (4-0 at WPT) remained perfect at the World Port Tournament, defeating Team USA (23-10, 2-2 WPT) 8-2 on Monday afternoon.

    American starter Scott Gorgen (1-1, UC Irvine) went the first six innings for the Americans, striking out 10 and walking none, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits, but Cuba took a 3-2 lead in the sixth and never looked back.

    Alfredo Despaigne homered twice and drove in five runs for Cuba, who blew the game open with a five-run seventh inning. Despaigne's three-run homer to center capped the inning.

    Yulieski Gonzalez, after early struggles, went seven and one-third innings for the win, striking out nine and walking three, retiring the final eight batters he faced after the Americans took the lead in the sixth.

    Hector Oliveria scored for the second time in the contest to retake the lead for Cuba in the sixth, 3-2. Following a leadoff double, Oliveria moved to third on a passed ball, before an infield gave Cuba back the lead. The Cubans then added five runs in the seventh off of Josh Romanski (San Diego) to lead 8-2.

    Alvarez had his third-straight homer of the tournament, blasting a two-run shot to right field in the fifth to tie the game at 2-2.

    Despaigne's second RBI of the day, a solo home run to center, gave Cuba a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

    Gonzalez dodged trouble over the first three innings, as Team USA left five men on base, and three in scoring position, but still trailed 1-0.

    Cuba took a 1-0 lead in the first following a two-base fielding error by first baseman Jeremy Hamilton (Wright State) on a failed pickoff attempt. Olivera then scored on a Despaigne sacrifice fly to give the Cubans the early lead, as Gorgen retired the next five in a row into the third.

    It was Jordy Mercer's, normally a SS/RHP, first start in the outfield, starting in left field... Japan and the Netherlands play later tonight to close out the first half of the eight-game, four-team round robin... Chinese Taipei is 2-2, Netherlands is 1-2 and Japan is 0-3... Team USA lost to another Cuba team in the Gold Medal Game of the Pan American Games, 3-1... games can be followed live on the internet at Stats are available at: and under live scoring.

    The Americans will play another set of four games starting Tuesday against Japan (1 p.m Eastern), before an off day on Wednesday and consecutive games against the Netherlands (1 p.m.), Chinese Taipei (8 a.m.) and Cuba (8 a.m.). The Finals are on August 12 at 7 a.m, Eastern, finishing the summer.