JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT GAME AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sept. 19, 2006
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CIEGO DE AVILA, CUBA. - The USA Baseball Junior National Team collected just three hits and struck out eight times in dropping a 3-0 pool-play contest against Mexico Sept. 19 in the International BAseball Federation "AAA" World Junior Championships at J.R. Espero Stadium. After a 1:05 rain delay with Mexico at bat in the top of the sixth inning, the scheduled nine-inning contest was called and ruled official by tournament officials.
The loss gave Team USA an 0-2 tournament record. In its two losses, the Americans have managed just one run. Team USA opened the World Championships on Sept. 18 with a 4-1 loss to Chinese Taipei. The JNT will seek its first tournament win at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 against Canada at J.R. Espero Stadium. Canada is 2-0 in the tournament after defeating Spain 12-4 on Sept. 19.
Ironically, all three of the JNT's hits in the game came in succession in the third inning. Justin Jackson (IF; Asheville, NC) led off the inning with a single to left field. But, with Matt Newman (OF; Glendale, AZ) at the plate, Jackson was picked off first by Mexico lefthander Carlos Garcia (1-0). Newman then followed with a single up the middle. Another single by Christian Colon (IF; Corona, CA) put runners at first and second bases with only one out. But Garcia then whiffed Victor Sanchez (OF; Norwalk, CA) and Mike Moustakas (OF; Northridge, CA) to end the inning. The strikeouts were the first two in a stretch in which Garcia fanned six of seven Americans.
Newman, who had a walk and a single and was the only Team USA runner to advance past first base, also figured prominently in Mexico's two-run fourth inning. After recording one out, Team USA pitcher Matt Harvey (0-1) issued a walk to Mexico's Jose Torres. One out later, back-to-back singles by Angel Ramirez and Juan Villanueva brought Torres home. Jesus Avila then lofted a fly fall to center field that Newman circled but the ball fell a couple of feet from him. Ruled as a two-base hit, Ramirez raced home to score. But, on the play, Newman quickly threw to ball to shortstop Jackson whose relay to Tommy Medica (C; San Jose, CA) at the plate was in time to get Villanueva for the third out of the inning. The two runs put Mexico in front 3-0.
The visitors tallied their first run in the second inning when Alberto Carreon's double to right center off Harvey drove in Avila, who had drawn a one-out walk.
Harvey hurled all five innings for Team USA. He allowed six hits while issuing two walks and striking out eight. After permitting back-to-back hits to open the game, he struck out the next three batters to end Mexico's first inning. He fanned the side in the fifth.
Following its matchup with Canada, Team USA will conclude pool play with contests against Italy on Sept. 21 and Spain on Sept. 22. The championship and consolation rounds for the tournament, which features 12 teams of youth ages 18 and under, begins Sept. 24.
Mexico 001 20 - 3 6 0
USA 000 00 - 0 3 1
Garcia and Navarro. Harvey and Medica.
W: Garcia (1-0). L: Harvey (0-1).
Time: 1:33. Attendance: 2,500.
Sept. 18 Pool Play Results
Chinese Taipei def. USA, 4-1
Australia def. South Africa, 9-2
Italy def. Spain, 12-2 (7 innings)
Canada def. Mexico, 10-6 (13 innings)
Korea def. Panama, 13-2 (7 innings)
Sept. 19 Pool Play Results
Mexico def. USA, 3-0 (called after 5 innings because of rain)
Chinese Taipei def. Italy, 17-1 (7 innings)
Netherlands def. Australia, 4-1
Canada def. Spain, 12-4
South Africa vs. Panama, 1 p.m.
Korea vs. Cuba, 9 p.m.
Sept. 20 Pool Play Schedule (All times Eastern)
Italy vs. Mexico, 10 a.m.
South Africa vs. Netherlands, 1 p.m.
Spain vs. Chinese Taipei, 1 p.m.
Australia vs. Korea, 2 p.m.
Canada vs. USA, 2 p.m.
Panama vs. Cuba, 9 p.m.