Game Eight Live Blog: USA 7 Mexico 3 (FINAL)
9th INNING: Harper singles to right to begin the inning. Harper steals second. Rodriguez flies out to center, advancing Harper to third base. Montgomery singles to right, scoring Harper. Lopes strikes out. Delmonico walks. Hector Gutierrez comes in to pitch for Mexico. Lipka flies out to center to end the top half of the inning. Mayoral hit by pitch to begin the bottom of the 9th. Pinch hitter Barragan strikes out. Loya strikes out and Mayoral is caught stealing at second to end the game. Team USA wins the gold! Thank you to everyone who has been following us over the last three weeks. We are coming home with the gold medal and a 23-game international win streak.
8th INNING: Lipka flies out to center to begin the inning. Tago strikes out for the second out. Wolters homers to right field. LIttlewood flies out to left to end the top half of the inning. Gomez strikes out to begin the bottom of the 8th. Williams grounds out to second. Alvarez strikes out to end the inning.
7th INNING: Montgomery flies out to right. Lopes flies out to center. Delmonico strikes out to end the top of the seventh. Peter Tago comes on in relief for Team USA. Loya grounds out to Tago for the first out of the bottom of the 7th. Elenes walks. Flores grounds out to short, Elenes advances to second base. Jaques grounds out to third to end the inning.
6th INNING: Hernandez now on the mound for Mexico, Jaques moves to second base. Delmonico walks, Lipka reaches on throwing error by the shortstop, Delmonico advances to third. Pfeifer grounds out to the pitcher, Lipka advances to second. Wolters walks. New pitcher Misael Flores on the mound for Mexico. Littlewood hits a bases clearing double down the right field line. Harper flies out to left. Littlewood advances to third on a passed ball. Rodriguez strikes out to end the top of the 6th. Jaques walks to start the bottom of the 6th. Jaques steals second base. Gomez strikes out. Williams grounds out to Littlewood at short for the second out. Jaques steals third base. Alvarez hits single, scoring Jaques. Mayoral singles to right, Alvarez advances to second. Mendivil strikes out to end the inning.
5th INNING: Wolters leads off with a double to left center. Littelwood moves Wolters to third on a groundout to the catcher. Harper doubles to right center, scoring Wolters. Harper is picked off second base. Rodriguez singles to right. Montgomery reaches when no one catches the pop up in front of the mound. Lopes hits a grounder to short, Montgomery out at second to end the top of the 5th, but Team USA gets one run to tie up the game. Loya strikes out begin the bottom of the 5th. Elenes pops out to Wolters for the secound out. Hernandez strikes out to end the inning.
4th INNING: Lopes flies out to left to begin the inning. Delmonico walks. Lipka strikes out. Pfeifer strikes out to end the top of the 4th. Alvarez grounds out to short, a nice play by Delmonico at first to get the ball in the dirt. Mayoral strikes out, Pfeifer’s fifth K of the night. Mendivil strikes out to end the inning.
3rd INNING: Littlewood grounds out to first. Harper walks. Rodriguez pops out to right and Montgomery grounds out to first to end the top of the 3rd. Mexico starting pitcher Ricardo Jaques pops out to Wolters at second to begin the bottom of the third. Gomez and Williams strike out to end the inning.
2nd INNING: Lopes flies out to right to begin the inning. Delmonico doubles to left center. Lipka walks. Pfeifer strikes out. Wolters strikes out to end the top of the 2nd. Jesus Loya grounds out to Delmonico t begin the Mexican half of the 2nd. Silvano Elenes flies out to Harper in center for the second out. Felipe Hernandez strikes out to end the inning. Pfeifer strikes out Gomez.
1st INNING: Wolters starts the game with a walk and steals second base. Littlewood flies out to right for the first out of the game. Wolters to third on a passed ball. Harper walks. Rodriguez strikes out. Harper steals second and advances to third on an error by the second baseman Felipe Hernandez, Wolters scores on the error. Montgomery flies out to center to end the top of the 1st. Carlos Gomez homers to right to begin the bottom of the 1st. Oscar Williams reaches on an error by Wolters. Williams steals second and reaches third on a throwing error by Montgomery. Michel Alvarez is struck out by Pfeifer for the first out of the bottom of the 1st. Adrian Mayoral hits a sac fly to right, scoring Williams. Eduardo Mendivil grounds out to Littlewood at short to end the inning.
PREGAME: Hola! and welcome to Team USA’s eighth and final game of the 2008 COPABE “AA” Youth Pan American Championships. Tonight, Team USA looks to finish undefeated in Veracruz as they take on host nation Mexico (4-3) at Estadio Beto Avila. The stadium is slowly filling up and we are less than an hour away from first pitch.
1. Tony Wolters, 2B
2. Marcus Littlewood, SS
3. Bryce Harper, CF
4. Jake Rodriguez, 3B
5. Ladson Montgomery, C
6. Christian Lopes, LF
7. Nicky Delmonico, 1B
8. Matt Lipka, RF
9. Philip Pfeifer, P