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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Puerto Rico Lowers the Boom On USA, Wins In Seven

If I may be so bold as to offer a little commentary before the summary: I don't think Jake Peavy has any business pitching for Team USA. His stuff is terrible when he isn't completely ready to pitch.

Now back to our show...

Puerto Rico put on a show for their large fan section in Dolphin Stadium. It was 6-0 after two innings and they added runs until a walk-off two-run single in the 7th completed the 11-1 mercy-rule shortened victory.

Puerto Rico used three singles in the first to plate two runs. Felipe Lopez's two-run shot and consecutive doubles scored four runs. Team USA starter Jake Peavy was done after just those two innings; he allowed the six runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out one.

Team Puerto Rico added runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Ivan Rodriguez that Adam Dunn attempted to catch but completely missed, and four in the seventh, capped off by shortstop Mike Aviles's only hit; the game-ending two-run single landed in front of Dunn in right.

Javier Vazquez started for Puerto Rico and pitched five innings, allowing just four hits and one run, walking none and striking out two batters. The only run scored on an RBI double by Brian McCann in the fifth. Nelson Figueroa, Javier Lopez and Saul Rivera finished the six-hit performance off for Team Puerto Rico.

The United States will face the Netherlands in an elimination game while Puerto Rico will take on Venezuela in the other game.


CF Carlos Beltran, Puerto Rico - 3-3, HR, 3 R, BB, 2 RBI

2B Felipe Lopez, Puerto Rico - 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

P Javier Vazquez - W, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

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