USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM SHUTS OUT PUERTO RICO 15-0
August 9, 2006
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HAVANA, Cuba --- J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee) had five RBI and Nick Schmidt (Arkansas) threw five shutout innings to lead the USA Baseball National Team to a 15-0 win over Puerto Rico Wednesday morning at Mederos Stadium.
The game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. The US improved to 22-2-1 on the summer and 2-0 (both shutouts) at the FISU World Championships, while Puerto Rico dropped to 1-1 in the tourney.
Schmidt (2-1) struck out six with a walk in five innings of two-hit work to pick up the win. Sean Doolittle (Virginia) made his first appearance on the mound this summer and threw two scoreless innings to close out the game.
Arencibia keyed the 15 hit US attack with three hits on the day with five RBI. He was a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
The USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Julio Borbon (Tennessee) scored from third on a RBI groundout by Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt).
They added four more runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Sean Doolittle (Virginia) and Tim Federowicz (North Carolina) led off the inning with singles and advanced to third on Todd Frazier’s (Rutgers) sacrifice bunt. Zack Cozart (Ole Miss) then came through with a two-run single up the middle. He would later score on a wild pitch. Julio Borbon reached on a bunt single and Jemile Weeks (Miami) and Pedro Alvarez walked to load the bases. After a strikeout, Darwin Barney (Oregon State) walked to bring in Borbon for the final run in the inning.
The US added another four spot in the fourth to extend the lead to 9-0. J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee) had a two-run homer to left-center, his team leading sixth of the summer, to start things out in the frame. Federowicz had the other big hit, a two-run double to right-center that scored Barney and Doolittle who had both walked.
Arencibia added a two-run triple in the fifth to push the lead to double digits at 11-0.
The US put together its third four-run inning of the game in the sixth to make it 15-0. Jemile Weeks had a RBI double, Pedro Alvarez a two-run double and J.P. Arencibia a RBI single to account for the runs.
Borbon, Weeks, Alvarez, Federowicz and Frazier each had two hits to help lead the offensive attack.
The US will play the Czech Republic in the second game of a doubleheader later today at 4 p.m. at Latino Stadium. TCU’s Jake Arrieta (3-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to take the mound.
UNITED STATES 140 424 0 -15 15 0
PUERTO RICO 000 000 0 -0 2 2
Schmidt, Doolittle (6) and Arencibia. Rodriguez, Echevarria (2), Rios (4) and Feliciano.
W- Schmidt 2-1, L- Rodriguez 0-1. SV- None.
HR- USA: Arencibia (6).
Bahamas 2, Cuba 1
Japan 17, Italy 2
Puerto Rico 6, Czech Republic 0
USA 4, Virgin Islands 0
Chinese Taipei 7, Mexico 2