JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM FALLS 4-3 IN GOLD MEDAL GAME AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSSept. 27, 2006
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Harvey, Parker (3), Rhoderick (6), Main (7), Alderson (9) and Medica. J.G. Lee,
K.H. Kim (1), H.J. Yang (5), T.H. Im (9), K.H. Kim (9) and K.K. Kim, D.H. Lee (9).
W: Kim (4-0). L: Main (0-1).
Time: 3:37. Attendance: 300.
Two out when winning run scored.
Sept. 27 - Consolation Round Finals Results
5th Place: Chinese Taipei (5-3) def. Cuba (6-2), 2-1 (12 inning)
7th Place: Panama (3-5) def. Netherlands (3-5), 7-2
Sept. 27 - Medal Games
Gold: Korea (6-2) def. USA (5-3), 4-3
Bronze: Canada (6-2) def. Mexico (4-4), 6-2
Final Team Standings
1. Korea (6-2)
2. USA (5-3)
3. Canada (6-2)
4. Mexico (4-4)
5. Chinese Taipei (5-3)
6. Cuba (6-2)
7. Panama (3-5)
8. Netherlands (3-5)
9. Australia (4-3)
10. Italy (3-4)
11. South Africa (1-6)
12. Spain (0-7)
TOURNAMENT NOTES: Team USA's 4-0 quarterfinal victory against Cuba marked the first time in seven world championship events that the 2006 host country would not be assured of claiming a medal. The last time that Cuba did not finish among the top three at the Worlds was in 1995 when the USA earned the gold at Boston. Prior to this year, Cuba had won four of six tournaments played since 1995…Besides its 1995 crown, previous World titles for the JNT came in 1999, 1989, 1988 and 1982…Matt Dominguez (INF; Lake Balboa, CA) topped the team in home runs (2), triples (1), RBI (11) and total bases (16). His home runs, each three-run shots, came in medal-round victories against Cuba and Mexico…Christian Colon (INF; Corona, CA) and Justin Jackson (INF; Asheville, NC), the first two hitters in Team USA's batting order during the Worlds, each shared team-high honors in hits with nine and had identical .310 batting averages. That hitting mark was best among regulars who played all eight tournament games…Colon drew a squad-best eight walks to match a Worlds tournament record…Colon had at least one hit in the every tournament game except one (Mexico) while Jackson hit safely in the first five contests and six of the team's eight games…Although he batted in the cleanup spot for most of the tournament, Mike Moustakas (OF-INF; Northridge, CA) was No. 1 in runs scored with nine. He crossed the plate four times in the squad's 18-1 trouncing of Italy to match a JNT single-game Worlds record …he also collected five of his seven tourney RBI in that game… Hunter Morris (OF; Huntsville, AL) was plunked a team-high thee times vs. Italy, a new single-game Worlds mark…In addition, Italy pitchers hit seven batters with pitches in the contest to set another JNT single-game Worlds record…After not getting an extra-base hit through three games, the Americans ended up with 16 in eight outings…After moving into the starting lineup midway through the event, Daniel Elorriaga Matra (C; Coral Springs, FL) finished with hits in five of the final six games and owned team highs for batting average (.412) and slugging percentage (.706) in five starts. He also had the team's first homer of the Worlds in the Italy affair…Tommy Medica (C; San Jose, CA) notched a .304 batting average. He hit safely in half of the team's eight games…Matt Newman (OF; Glendale, AZ) collected hits in all but two of the team's contests, including the last three, while compiling a .269 hitting mark…Victor Sanchez (OF; Norwalk, CA) amassed two of his four tournament hits against Italy. He also drew three of the JNT's single-game record 13 walks in that game to equal a single-game standard in that category…Freddie Freeman (INF; Villa Park, CA) posted both of his tournament base hits in the medal-round win against Mexico. One of those hits was a two-run double that helped Team USA pull away for the win…Team USA hit .262 in eight tournament contests while outscoring opponents 47-16…for the tournament, Team USA stranded 69 runners on base including a single-game record of 14 in both the Italy and Korea contests…The team also left 11 on board in the 8-2 medal-round win against Mexico…Blake Beavan (RHP; Irving, TX) did not allow an earned run in a staff-high 14.2 innings pitched…He scattered seven hits in a complete-game, 11-strikeout performance to lead Team USA to its quarterfinal win against Cuba…His 14 strikeouts in two outings were tops on the squad…After allowing three hits and two unearned runs in 2.1 innings of relief in the team's opener against Chinese Taipei, Tim Alderson (RHP; Phoenix, AZ) bounced back to throw five innings of shutout relief in the semifinal win against Mexico…He struck out 11, allowed just one walk and did not permit an earned run in a staff-best four tournament appearances…Matt Harvey (RHP; Mystic, CT) fanned 11 in 7.1 innings on the mound in two starts…Jarrod Parker (RHP; Bluffton, IN) notched an 0.77 earned run average in 11.2 innings of mound duty, spanning one start and two relief appearances. He whiffed 10…Greg Peavey (RHP-OF; Vancouver, WA) fanned 12 and allowed just three hits in a seven-inning complete-game win against Spain…Also finishing in double-figure strikeouts was Neil Ramirez (RHP; Virginia Beach, VA) who registered 10 in starts against Canada and the Mexico semifinal contest…He registered a 2.89 ERA…Kevin Rhoderick (RHP; Scottsdale, AZ) struck out seven in 3.2 scoreless innings of relief…He tossed 3.0 innings in the JNT's 2-1 win against Canada…Michael Main (RHP; Deltona, FL) allowed just one hit but two earned runs in two relief appearances…Main earned a save by getting the final two outs in the Canada pool-play victory… Team USA pitchers ended up with 78 strikeouts in eight games and allowed just 41 hits and 11 earned runs in 64.1 innings on the mound for a 1.54 staff earned run average…JNT hurlers struck out 11 in each of its final three games against Cuba, Mexico and Korea…Opponents batted just .181 against Team USA pitchers and managed only six extra-base hits…the USA squad committed 13 errors in eight games for a .954 fielding percentage.