Game Notes: The 2007 IBAF World Cup
USA crushes Spain, 12-2
Nov. 11, 2007

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TEAM USA RESULTS  

Game Date WP LP SV
USA 3 - MEX 0 11/7/07 Karstens (1-0) Rodriguez (0-1) Booker (1)
USA 7 - PAN 0 11/8/07 Wright (1-0) Pinto (0-1) None
ITL 6 - USA 2 11/9/07 D'Angelo (1-0) Outman (0-1) None
USA 5 - JPN 1 11/10/07 Duensing (1-0) Kawasaki (0-1) None
USA 12 - SPAIN 1 11/11/07 Trahern (1-0) Rizo (0-1) None

TEAM USA SCHEDULE
Game One Wednesday, November 7 6:00 p.m. Mexico (Intercontinental)
Game Two Thursday, November 8 12:00 p.m. Panama (Intercontinental)
Game Three Friday, November 9 12:00 p.m. Italy (Taichung)
Game Four Saturday, November 10 6:00 p.m. Japan (Intercontinental)
Game Five Sunday, November 11 6:00 p.m. Spain (Taichung)
Off-Day Monday, November 12
Game Six Tuesday, November 13 12:00 p.m. South Africa (Taichung)
Game Seven Wednesday, November 14 6:00 p.m. Chinese Taipei (Intercontinental)
Off-Day Thursday, November 15
Quarter-Finals* Friday, November 16 TBD
Semi-Finals* Saturday, November 17 TBD
Finals* Sunday, November 18 TBD
*If Necessary

USA HITS SIX HOME RUNS, CRUSHES SPAIN 12-1

Team USA wasted no time getting offensive against Spain starter Miguel Rizo Sunday night. In the first inning, Jayson Nix ripped a triple down the right field line and Andy LaRoche followed with his first home run of the tournament to give Team USA a quick 2-0 lead. After Brian Bixler’s error in the bottom of the first cut the U.S. lead to 2-1, Justin Ruggiano lead off the top of the second with a single and catcher Bryan Anderson crushed a two-run homer that traveled 420 feet and hit the wall below the scoreboard in center field to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Team USA tacked on another run in the third when Steven Pearce hit a solo shot over the left field wall for a 5-1 U.S. lead.

Starter Dallas Trahern, who pitches in the Detroit Tigers organization, was solid, scattering six hits and giving up only one unearned run through four innings of work before giving way to Jerry Blevins in the fifth. Blevins pitched two perfect innings while striking out two.

Delwyn Young led off the seventh with a walk that was followed by Evan Longoria’ s two-run blast off that smashed off a rooftop beyond the left field bleachers. After Pearce flied out to left, Ruggiano walked and Anderson stroked his fourth hit. Two batters later, Colby Rasmus ripped a liner to left that Spain’s Daniel Martinez couldn’t come up with and circled the bases for an inside-the-park three-run homer. Michael Hollimon pinch-hit for Nix and after drawing a walk, LaRoche crushed his second homer of the game and the rout was on as Team USA took a 12-1 lead.

Reliever Chris Perez pitched the bottom of the seventh and though Spain scratched across a run, the game was stopped due to the tournament’s 10-run rule. With the win, Team USA moved to 4-1 and in first place in Pool Play at the IBAF World Cup.

CULTURE SHOCK: Team USA has been doing some sightseeing in between games in Taichung, Taiwan, taking in many of the sights and sounds and experiencing local traditions like the Night Markets for shopping and sampling Bubble Tea, the tea of choice for the locals all while trying to stay clear of the motor scooters that zip up and down the Taichung streets.

NOTES: Bryan Anderson was 4-4 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored … Adam LaRoche went 2-for-5, two homers, four RBIs and two runs scored. LaRoche leads the team with three homers and nine RBIs in the tournament … of the nine runs Team USA has yielded in the first five games seven have been unearned … Team USA has an off day on Monday and will work out at Intercontinental Stadium at 10:30 a.m.. They square off against South Africa on Tuesday (11/13) at Taichung Stadium, 12:00 p.m (local).

Team USA and all other 2007 IBAF World Cup action can be seen live online at www.stadeo.tv.