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United States Beats Canada for Gold in Women’s Pan Am

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The United States finished undefeated in the tournament after their 11-3 swamping of Canada in the championship game. The United States jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the opening frame. Sarah Hudek got in trouble in the fourth giving up three runs, but Stacy Piagno retired the last two hitters in the fourth to keep the lead at 5-3 and held the Canadian bats scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Sarah Hudek and Anna Kimbrell each drove in three runs for the United States. Samantha Cobb crossed the plate three times.

Venezuela won the bronze medal. You can review the results of the game here:

women’s results

United States Women to Play for Pan Am Gold

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

For the first time ever the Pan Am games has women’s baseball as an event. The United States beat Canada 3-1 to set themselves up for the gold medal game. Canada will be playing Venezuela in a match earlier today for the right to play the United States for the gold medal. Cuba and Puerto Rico were the other two teams in the event but Cuba fell short of the playoffs and Venezuela knocked out Puerto Rico.

The United States is the lone undefeated team in the tournament. Malaika Underwood is the top hitter with a .583 average. Michelle Snyder is tied for first with two Canadian women for the RBI lead with 6. There have been no homeruns hit in the tournament.

On the pitching side the United States has been led by Marti Sementelli, who has one win and a 0.00 ERA. The Canadians have three pitchers with 0.00 ERAs (Melissa Armstrong, Vanessa Riopel and Autumn Mills). Sarah Hudek and Stacy Piagno are tied for second in the tournament in strikeouts with six, one behind Canadian pitcher Jessica Berube who has seven.

Canada Repeats as Pan Am Gold Medalists in Wild Game

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The United States gift wrapped the game to Canada. After scoring two runs in the top of the tenth on a Tyler Pastornicky two run single to take a 6-4 lead the Canadians put their two runners on in the bottom of the tenth. Pete Orr drove in one with his third hit of the game to pull Canada within one. With one out pitcher David Huff threw to first in an attempt to pick off Orr, but the throw sailed into right field. The throw from right field to get Orr trying to advance to third went wide and Orr galloped home with the winning run to give the Canadians a 7-6 win. That play will be remembered for a long time by both teams. Forgotten will be the three run homer in the third by Rene Tosoni that tied the game at 3-3. Also forgotten will be the two run homer by Patrick Kivlehan that gave the United States a 2-0 lead.

In an earlier match Cuba repeated as the bronze medalists with a just as wild 7-6 win over Puerto Rico. Cuba rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the victory, Yorbis Borrotto taking Raul Rivera deep for a three run homer to tie the game and leadoff hitter Jose Garcia following with the walk off solo blast to give Cuba the win. After Cuba had taken an early 3-0 lead on single runs in the first three innings Edgardo Baez blasted a grand slam in the fourth to give Puerto Rico a 4-3 lead. A two run shot by Jeffry Dominguez in the fifth extended the lead to 6-3. Andres Santiago and Tomas Santiago shutout Cuba from the fourth to the eighth innings, but Ramesis Rosa walked the first batter he faced and Raul Rivera followed falling one out short of completing the victory.

It is a repeat of the medals from 2011 with Canada getting the gold, United States the silver and Cuba the bronze. The last time the United States won the gold medal in the Pan Am games was in 1967. The Cubans won the next ten gold medals with Canada ending that streak in 2011. The United States has finished as the bridesmaids for the last five Pan Am games, beginning in 1999. Puerto Rico last medaled in 1995 when they won the bronze. Their highest finish was in 1959 and 1991 when they won silver medals. Venezuela (1959) and Dominican Republic (1955) are the only other two countries to win the gold medal besides Canada, Cuba and the United States, with Cuba winning the event 12 times. With their back to back gold medals Canada is in second place in gold medal victories with two.

United States and Canada to Battle for Pan Am Gold

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

The United States shocked Cuba coming back from a 5-1 deficit to tie it at 5-5 with a four spot in the seventh. Andy Parrino got the big hit with a two out walk off single to give the United States a 6-5 win. Travis Jankowski set the walk off single up with a two out single of his own and a steal of second. Jankowski had a two run double in the seventh to lead the United States comeback. Tyler Pastornicky also contributed a two run double.

Cuba had taken an early lead courtesy of solo homers by Frederich Cepeda in the second and Raul Gonzalez in the fifth. Yosbany Torres was dominant on the mound through the first six, allowing only a solo shot from Patrick Kivlehan in the third for the United States only run. Cuba had a chance to win it in the top of the ninth when they loaded the bases with one out with their best hitter Alfredo Despaigne at the plate. Paul Sewald struck out Despaigne and David Huff came on to get Cepeda to line out to center. Despaigne finished the day 0 for 5.

Canada had an easier time with Puerto Rico, scoring all their runs in the first four innings to win 7-1. Jordan Lennerton blasted a two run homer in the first, Brock Kjeldgaard added a two run homer in the third and Tyson Gillies closed out the scoring with a solo shot in the fourth. Veteran Peter Orr added a two run single in the second. Philippe Aumont may have trouble getting major league hitters out, but against Puerto Rico he went eight innings allowing just three hits and no runs. He walked one with eight strikeouts.

Canada now will try to avenge their only loss of the tournament with the gold medal game against the United States. For the second straight year Cuba will have to settle for a bronze with a win over Puerto Rico.

Results for the games can be found at the link below:

results

Jake Thompson Dominates Nicaragua

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Jake Thompson weaved through Nicaragua, allowing just one hit in seven innings of work, striking out ten without walking a batter. Thomas Murphy drove in two runs while Tyler Pastornicky scored twice to lead the offense. The United States bunched together 11 hits and seven walks in the 6-0 win, using most of them early to score five runs in the second through fourth inning.

Puerto Rico escaped an upset with an 8-7 win. Anthony Garcia was the hero for Puerto Rico hitting a grand slam in the seventh to pull the team within one run then hit the walk off two run homer to give them the victory. Colombia busted the game open early with two run homers from Steve Brown, Harold Ramirez and Jonathan Lozada but the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Jose Ayala got the win for Puerto Rico, not allowing a hit or run in his three innings of work. Puerto Rico was down 7-1 when Ayala came in to relieve.

Cuba feasted early on Dominican pitching scoring five in the first inning to give them a 9-5 win. Alfredo Despaigne went deep in the fourth with a two run homer for his second of the tournament. Lazaro Blanco survived five innings to pick up his second win, giving up just two runs in five innings of work. Both runs he allowed were on solo homeruns, the first a lead off homer by Rueben Sosa in the first inning and the second a solo shot by Aneury Tavarez in the fourth. One of Cuba’s better starters Ismel Jimenez pitched three innings in relief, giving up three runs on six hits. The work will probably not allow him to start in the next couple games.

The current standings - Canada (4-0), Puerto Rico (3-1), United States (3-1), Cuba (3-2), Dominican Republic (1-3), Nicaragua (1-3) and Colombia (0-5)

Canada has two big games to close out the tournament, playing Puerto Rico and the United States.

Canada Remins undefeated with Win Over Cuba

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Canada got excellent pitching from veteran Shawn Hill to beat Cuba 3-1. Hill shut down the Cuban bats for three hits in his six innings of work. He yielded to Andrew Albers, who allowed the solo blast from Alfredo Despaigne for Cuba’s only run. Yoennis Yera pitched well for Cuba, limiting the Canadians to three hits in six innings of work. Unfortunately, one of the hits was a three run homer to Tyler O’Neil in the sixth inning to account for all the runs from Canada. Canada has the day off tomorrow.

Puerto Rico mauled the Dominican Republic 12-6. A three run homer by Mario Mercedes in the third inning had given the Dominicans a 6-3 lead. Miguel Martinez came on to pitch for the Puerto Ricans in the fourth and worked through the eighth allowing the Dominicans just one hit. The Puerto Ricans rewarded Martinez for his fine pitching effort with four runs in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead, Richard Thon hitting a two run homer to finish the day 3 for 3. Anthony Garcia, who finished the day with four RBIs hit a two run homer in the seventh. Joiset Feliciano had a solo homer in the inning to extend the lead to 10-6.

Nicaragua picked up their first win in three games 7-4 over a winless Colombia. Nicaragua rallied for four runs in the eighth to overcome a 4-2 deficit to fuel the victory. Justo Rivas and Darrell Campbell each contributed two RBIs for Nicaragua. Karl Lewis Triana had pitched well for Colombia, limiting the Nicaraguan bats to two runs in seven innings before turning it over to his bullpen. Berman Espinoza got the win for Nicaragua with two plus innings of relief work.

Go to the link below for boxscores and results.

Pan Am results

Canada Remains Undefeated in Pan Am Games

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

With Cuba defeating Puerto Rico, Canada is the only undefeated team in the Pan Am Games after their win over Nicaragua 9-1. Tomorrow should be a test when they play Cuba. Pete Orr and Skyler Stromsmoe each drove in three runs for Canada to lead the offense. A Stromsmoe two run homer in the sixth gave the Canadians a 8-0 lead. Rene Tosoni smacked around four hits. With 10 walks and 12 hits the Canadians left a village on the bases (18). Philippe Aumont got the start after being released from the Phillies and pitched five shutout innings, giving up just three hits, walking two and striking out eight.

Umaris Guerra slammed a three run homer in the seventh to give Cuba an easy 8-1 win over Puerto Rico. For Puerto Rico it was a disappointing loss after upsetting the United States team in their opener. Yosbany Torres worked seven innings to get the win for Cuba.

A three run homerun in the sixth inning turned a 2-1 deficit for the United States against Colombia to a 4-2 lead. Leadoff hitter Travis Janowski hit a solo homerun in the seventh to extend the lead. Diamondbacks prospect Aaron Blair got the start and worked five innings to get the win.

Standings after three days: Canada (3-0), Cuba (2-1), United States (2-1), Dominican Republic (1-1), Puerto Rico (1-1), Nicaragua (0-2), Colombia (0-3)

United States Downs Cuba in Pan Am

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

After being upset by Puerto Rico yesterday, the United States bounced back with a 5-2 win against Cuba. Nate Smith allowed just one hit in six innings of work for the United States, but that was enough for Raul Gonzalez to drive in two runs for Cuba. Casey Coleman and Josh Hader kept Cuba hitless the last three innings. Andrew Parrino and Tyler Pastornicky each drove in two runs to lead the United States offense. Parrino hit a two run homer homer in the first inning and Pastornicky broke a 2-2 tie with a double in the sixth.

For the second day in a row Colombia lost a game 10-3. Yesterday it was to Cuba. Today it was to the defending gold medalists Canada. Tyson Gillies drove in four runs, including slugging a 3-run homer in the second inning. Colombia scored all their runs off Jared Mortensen, Steve Brown hitting a two run homer in the seventh and Tito Polo hitting a solo shot in the sixth. Tyler O’Neil for Canada countered with a two run homer in the seventh and Brock Kjeldgaard adding a solo shot in the eighth.

The Dominican Republic rallied for four runs in the seventh to beat Nicaragua 8-5. Yeixon Ruiz had the big hit with a two run homerun. Luis Liria retired the final four hitters to pick up the save.

Puerto Rico Upsets the United States in Pan Am Games

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

The United States scored five runs in the second inning to take a 5-1 lead. That is when the Puerto Ricans bombed five homeruns, including three consecutive solo shots in the sixth to tie it 8-8. Puerto Rico won the game in 10 innings 9-8 on a hit batsman forcing in a run. Richard Thon got things started from the leadoff spot, banging out three hits and scoring three times. Anthony Garcia drove in three runs. Brian Bogusevic was the big bat for the United States with four runs batted in, including a two run homerun. The United States loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the tenth (international rules put runners on first and second), but Tomas Santiago retired the next two hitters on a shallow fly ball and a game ending double play grounder. He was the only Puerto Rican pitcher not to allow a run, pitching two plus innings in relief to get the win.

Canada did a good job of defending their gold medal championship, defeating the Dominican Republic 4-1. Jordan Lennerton had the decisive three run homer in the sixth to put the Canadians up 4-0. Canada could only put together four hits against the trio of Dominican pitchers. Chris Leroux pitched six innings of shutout ball to get the win, allowing just six hits and striking out eight. Andrew Albers served up a solo shot to Pedro Felix to give the Dominicans their only run. Jeff Francis pitched a perfect ninth to pick up the save.

Colombia battled Cuba until the ninth inning when Cuba scored five runs for a 10-3 win. Roel Santos and Raul Gonzalez each drove in three runs for the Cubans. Rudy Reyes strung together three hits to score three times. Ismel Jimenez got the call to start for Cuba but didn’t survive five (giving up three runs on six hits for the quick hook. Lazaro Blanco pitched the last four plus innings to get the win, not allowing a hit or a walk and striking out six.

You can follow the games at the link below:

Pan Am Results

United States Pan Am Roster

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

It is a roster of prospects not yet on major league teams 40 man rosters and a few veterans still playing but also absent from the 40 man. This would be the kind of team the United States would field during an Olympic competition, if baseball should return to the Olympics. Not the best major league baseball could offer, but a roster of professionals.

RHP - Jake Barrett (Diamondbacks), Aaron Blair (Diamondbacks), Casey Coleman (Royals), Zach Eflin (Phillies), Brian Ellington (Marlins), Ryan Kelly (Braves), Scott McGregor (Nationals), Jake Thompson (Rangers)

LHP - Buddy Baumann (Royals), Josh Hader (Astros), David Huff (Dodgers), Nate Smith (Angels)

Catchers - Eric Fryer (Twins), Tommy Murphy (Rockies)

Infield - Dusty Coleman (Royals), Casey Kotchman (Royals), Andy Parrino (Athletics), Tyler Pastornicky (Rangers), Dan Vogelbach (Cubs), Jacob Wilson (Cardinals)

Outfield - Albert Almora Jr. (Cubs), Brian Bogusevic (Phillies), Travis Jankowski (Padres), Patrick Kivlehan (Mariners)

Coaches - Jim Tracy (Manager), Marcel Lachemann (Pitching), Ernie Young (Hitting), Jim Lett (Assistant), Roly de Armas (Assistant)

This roster could change if a major league team decides to promote one of the players on the roster. They promote based on need and they won’t take into consideration a player was selected to be on the roster of the United States for the Pan Am games.

The Pan Am games will be played in Toronto, Canada from July 10-19. Canada is the defending champs.