United States Shocks Cuba; Plays Canada for Pan Am Gold

United States 12 Cuba 10

The United States bats woke up for Cuba’s best pitchers, mauling them for all 12 of their runs in a three inning spurt.  Brett Carroll and Matt Clark each crossed the plate three times and Jody Mercer, James Gallagher and Tuffy Gosewisch each drove in two runs to lead the United States offense.  They did not hit a ball over the fence, but split the gaps for six doubles from six different players.

After being down 12-2, Cuba came back for eight unanswered runs, but fell short against Scott Patterson, who pitched one and a third innings of shutout relief.  Rudy Reyes hit a 2-run homer in the fourth to make the score 12-4.  Frederich Cepeda drove in three to lead the Cuban comeback, but eventually made the last out of the game.

Cuban ace Freddy Alvarez could not last past the second inning and the United States continued to abuse Yulieski Gonzalez, Jonder Martinez and Dalier Hinojosa in a 12 run three inning ambush, eliminating the 11 time defending champion, the last 10 in a row, to a bronze medal game.  The last time Cuba did not play for the gold medal game was in 1959 when they finished fourth.  The United States now leads the series against Cuba 8-7 since they started using professional players in 1999.

Canada 5 Mexico 3

Mexico scored all their runs in the first inning on a 3-run homerun from Jorge GuzmanShawn Hill settled down after that, going five innings to allow Canada to come back and score two runs in the top of the fifth to give Hill the victory.  Dustin Molleken gave Canada two innings of relief, yielding to Chris Kissock to get the ninth inning save.

Canada and the United States were supposed to play for the bronze at the World Cup.  The rains in Panama prevented that game from being played and the bronze medals were awarded to Canada based on a head to head game and best record.  Now the two will play for the gold in Mexico, an unusual situation considering the United States loss to Mexico a couple days ago.

Puerto Rico 3 Panama 2

Hiram Bocachica hit a solo homerun in the eighth inning to give Puerto Rico a 3-2 win over Panama for fifth place in the Pan Am.  Tomas Santiago retired the last two hitters to pick up the save.

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