Game Three Live Blog: USA 16 Puerto Rico 1 (FINAL)
6th INNING: Zapata draws the leadoff walk. Tago strikes out three straight Puerto Rican batters to end the top of the sixth. Lopes flies out to center to begin the bottom of the sixth. Allen knocks a double down the left field line. Delmonico reached on an error by the second baseman, Allen scored on the play. Lipka hits a bloop single to right, advancing Delmonico to second. Delmonico advanced to third, Lipka to second on passed ball. Tago doubles to right field, scoring Delmonico. Wolters walks to load the bases before Littlewood hits a double to deep center, scoring Delmonico and Lipka. Harper hits single to center, scoring Wolters and Littlewood. Rodriguez singles to left, advancing Harper to second. Lopes draws the walk to load the bases once again for Team USA. Allen singles to left, scoring Harper. Delmonico reach on an error, Rodriguez scored from third base and Lopes scored on the error. The game is called due to the 15 run rule, Team USA defeats Puerto Rico 16-1 and moves to 3-0 at the COPABE “AA” Youth Pan American Championships.
5th INNING: Tago strikes out Pena to begin the fifth inning. Rivera singles to left. Gomez grounds into fielder’s choice, Rivera out at second. Diaz strikes out to end the top of the fifth. Lipka flies out to center to begin the bottom of the 5th. Tago draws the walk and advances to second on a wild pitch. Wolters singles, scoring Tago to make it 7-1. Wolters steals second base. Littlewood draws a walk. New PR pitcher Sanchez comes onto the mound in relief. Harper strikes out and Wolters is tagged out on the base path after a Rodriguez grounder to third to end the inning.
4th INNING: Zapata walks to begin the inning. Cintron grounds into fielder’s choice, Zapata out a second. Rivera grounds into fielder’s choice, Cintron out at second. Ramos draws a walk. Cotto grounds out to Wolters to end the top of the 4th. Littlewood pops out to the shortstop to begin the inning. Harper and Rodriguez hit back to back base hits. Lopes singles to left, scoring Harper. Lopes and Rodriguez advance to 2nd and 3rd on error by left fielder. New PR pitcher Ray Cintron comes onto the mound. Allen strikes out for the second out of in the bottom of the fourth. Delmonico pops out to the shortstop to end the inning. 6-1 USA after four.
3rd INNING: Tago walks Cotto to begin the inning. Cotto steals second. Tago strikes out Pena to for the first out of the inning. Rivera fouls out to USA catcher Allen for the second out. Gomez hits a single to left field, Cotto scores on error by Lopes. Diaz ground out to Wolters at second to end the inning. Allen flied out to center and Delmonico single to center to begin the home half of the third. Lipka draws a walk. Tago singles to right, loading the bases for Wolters.
2nd INNING: PR’s Kenny Diaz pops out to Delmonico to begin the inning. Emanuel Zapata reaches first base on a throwing error by Littlewood. Tago walks Micael Cintron. Tago strikes out opposing pitcher Addiel Rios for his third K of the game. Henry Ramos grounds out to Tago to end the inning and the Puerto Rican threat. Lopes leads off the bottom half of the second with a double to deep right field. Allen grounds out to the shortstop, advancing Lopes to third. Delmonico walks to put runners on the corners with one out. Lipka draws the walk to load the bases for starting pitcher Tago. Tago hits a double to deep center, scoring all three baserunners. Tago advances to third on the throw and scores on a throwing error by the second baseman. 4-0 USA. Wolters reaches on the second error of the inning by the second baseman. Wolters then steals second before Littlewood is walked. Harper knocks a double down the right field line, scoring Wolters and advancing Littlewood to third.New pitcher Luis Rivera come on in relief of Rios.Rodriguez strikes out for the second out of the bottom of the second. Lopes flies out to center to end the inning, but Team USA puts 5 on the board as we head into the third inning.
1st INNING: Puerto Rico’s Omar Cotto drew a leadoff walk and stole second after Roberto Pena lined out to Littlewood at shortstop. Tago struckout Gabriel Rivera for the second out. Tago recorded his second K of the inning to end the top half of the first inning. Wolters walks to begin the bottom of the 1st.Littlewood reaches on a fielders choice to the shortstop, Wolters out a second. Harper flies out to right for the second USA out. Littlewood steals second base. Rodriguez flies out to right to end the inning.
PREGAME: Buenas Dias and welcome to live coverage of USA vs. Puerto Rico at Estadio Beto Avila in Veracruz, Mexico. This afternoon Team USA looks to improve upon thier 2-0 record at the COPABE “AA” Youth Pan American Championships after a thrilling victory in extra innings last night against Cuba.
1. Tony Wolters, 2B
2. Marcus Littlewood, SS
3. Bryce Harper, CF
4. Jake Rodriguez, 3B
5. Christian Lopes, LF
6. Will Allen, C
7. Nicky Delmonico, 1B
8. Matt Lipka, RF
9. Peter Tago, P