USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM DEFEATS GERMANY 6-1

July 18, 2006

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  • ROME, Ga. --- The combination of a five-run fifth inning and another solid pitching performance by David Price (Vanderbilt) lifted the USA Baseball National Team to a 6-1 win over Germany Tuesday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium.

    Price limited Germany to one hit over six innings of work with 12 strikeouts and three walks to move to 2-0 over the summer. He has not allowed a run in 20 innings pitched with 33 strikeouts and five walks in that span.

    The National Team improved to 12-0 on the summer while Germany opened their US tour at 0-1.

    The teams were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first four and a half innings with the USA leading 1-0 before erupting for five runs in the fifth. Todd Frazier (Rutgers) and Brandon Crawford (UCLA) had back to back singles to start the inning and then Julio Borbon (Tennessee) was hit by a pitch by Germany starter Tim Henkenjohann to load the bases. Jemile Weeks (Miami) came through with a RBI single through the left side and Sean Doolittle (Virginia) added a RBI groundout to make it 3-0. Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) capped off the inning with a three-run homer to right, his first of the summer, to extend the lead to 6-0.

    The US took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, courtesy of Roger Kieschnick’s (Texas Tech) RBI single that scored Alvarez (Vanderbilt) who opened the inning with a single to right.

    Cole St. Clair closed out the contest with three innings of work to pick up his third save of the season. He allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts.

    Alvarez led the US with two hits and three RBI, with Todd Frazier also recording two hits in the winning effort.

    The teams will close out the two game set tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Athens, Ga.

    GERMANY      000 000 001 -1 3 1
    USA                                    010 050 00x -6 8 1

    Henkenjohann, Winkler and Guehring. Price, St. Clair (7) and Arencibia, Clark. W- Price 2-0, L- Henkenjohann 0-1. SV-St. Clair (3). HR- GER: None. USA: Alvarez (2).