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Vsahajpal
11-07-2001, 01:19 PM
Team USA lost to the Dominicans 6-4 in the World Cup opener for both teams, thanks in part to three errors. Five of the Dominican's six runs were unearned.

"Whenever you give a team extra outs in a baseball game, more often than not, itís going to come back to haunt you," said Team USA manager Terry Francona. "That is what happened tonight. Youíre going to have to play the game right in order to beat any of these teams in the World Cup, and we did not do that."

The Americans opened the scoring up in the top of the third when they tallied twice off Dominican starting pitcher Pedro Reynoso. Shortstop Matt Erickson (Marlins) hit a run-scoring double to the right-center field gap with one out, scoring catcher Ken Huckaby (Diamondbacks) from first base. Two batters later, Mark Budzinski (Indians) singled to center, driving in Erickson.

Team USA then took a 4-0 lead in the fourth. Joe Borchard (White Sox) belted a solo home run to right field leading off the frame, and Carl Crawford (Devil Rays) followed with a triple, knocking Reynoso out of the game. Huckaby then picked up Crawford three batters later with a single to center off reliever Orlando Rodriguez (1-0). The Dodgers farmhand, acquired from the White Sox in the Antonio Osuna trade, had 79 strikeouts in 61 innings for Rookie-level Great Falls in the Pioneer League this year.

The Dominican Republic rallied in its half of the fifth with five runs, chasing Team USA starter Scott Cassidy (Blue Jays) and getting the go-ahead run against reliever Chris Enochs (Athletics). They pieced together three hits and two errors by the American defense to come up with the go-ahead rally, as four of the five runs were unearned. Erickson, who made eight errors in 58 games at short with Triple-A Calgary this season, made an error to start the inning, while veteran second baseman Marty Malloy (Reds) made the other miscue.

The Dominicans were able to plate another unearned run in the seventh to make it 6-4. Erickson let a grounder go through his legs to allow a runner to score with two outs.

Enochs (0-1) suffered the loss, even though both runs he allowed were unearned. Cassidy went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, and Robbie Crabtree worked 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Huckaby went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Borchard, Budzinski and Erickson each added two hits.

Team USA (0-1) will have little time to stew over the loss. The Americans get right back after it on the same field tomorrow afternoon, with a 12 noon (local time) tilt against South Africa (0-1). Righthander Jason Phillips (Indians) will take the mound for Team USA. The top four teams in each pool will advance to the medal round, after seven pool play games.

LongDistanceFan
11-07-2001, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by Vsahajpal
Team USA lost to the Dominicans 6-4 in the World Cup opener for both teams, thanks in part to three errors. Five of the Dominican's six runs were unearned.

"Whenever you give a team extra outs in a baseball game, more often than not, itís going to come back to haunt you," said Team USA manager Terry Francona. "That is what happened tonight. Youíre going to have to play the game right in order to beat any of these teams in the World Cup, and we did not do that."

The Americans opened the scoring up in the top of the third when they tallied twice off Dominican starting pitcher Pedro Reynoso. Shortstop Matt Erickson (Marlins) hit a run-scoring double to the right-center field gap with one out, scoring catcher Ken Huckaby (Diamondbacks) from first base. Two batters later, Mark Budzinski (Indians) singled to center, driving in Erickson.

Team USA then took a 4-0 lead in the fourth. Joe Borchard (White Sox) belted a solo home run to right field leading off the frame, and Carl Crawford (Devil Rays) followed with a triple, knocking Reynoso out of the game. Huckaby then picked up Crawford three batters later with a single to center off reliever Orlando Rodriguez (1-0). The Dodgers farmhand, acquired from the White Sox in the Antonio Osuna trade, had 79 strikeouts in 61 innings for Rookie-level Great Falls in the Pioneer League this year.

The Dominican Republic rallied in its half of the fifth with five runs, chasing Team USA starter Scott Cassidy (Blue Jays) and getting the go-ahead run against reliever Chris Enochs (Athletics). They pieced together three hits and two errors by the American defense to come up with the go-ahead rally, as four of the five runs were unearned. Erickson, who made eight errors in 58 games at short with Triple-A Calgary this season, made an error to start the inning, while veteran second baseman Marty Malloy (Reds) made the other miscue.

The Dominicans were able to plate another unearned run in the seventh to make it 6-4. Erickson let a grounder go through his legs to allow a runner to score with two outs.

Enochs (0-1) suffered the loss, even though both runs he allowed were unearned. Cassidy went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, and Robbie Crabtree worked 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Huckaby went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Borchard, Budzinski and Erickson each added two hits.

Team USA (0-1) will have little time to stew over the loss. The Americans get right back after it on the same field tomorrow afternoon, with a 12 noon (local time) tilt against South Africa (0-1). Righthander Jason Phillips (Indians) will take the mound for Team USA. The top four teams in each pool will advance to the medal round, after seven pool play games. who were the errors on?

Iwritecode
11-07-2001, 03:03 PM
LDF,

Erickson, who made eight errors in 58 games at short with Triple-A Calgary this season, made an error to start the inning, while veteran second baseman Marty Malloy (Reds) made the other miscue.

The Dominicans were able to plate another unearned run in the seventh to make it 6-4. Erickson let a grounder go through his legs to allow a runner to score with two outs.

NUCatsFan
11-07-2001, 03:41 PM
Originally posted by Vsahajpal
The Dodgers farmhand, acquired from the White Sox in the Antonio Osuna trade, had 79 strikeouts in 61 innings for Rookie-level Great Falls in the Pioneer League this year.

D'oh!

(Speaking of d'oh, we need a Homer tag, JM)

Jerry_Manuel
11-07-2001, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by NUCatsFan
(Speaking of d'oh, we need a Homer tag, JM)

That is up to West, NU. I just make banners/sigs, while West has the power to make tags and things like that.

NUCatsFan
11-07-2001, 04:04 PM
Originally posted by Jerry_Manuel


That is up to West, NU. I just make banners/sigs, while West has the power to make tags and things like that.

And here I thought you were the graphics guru. You don't really have any power, do you? :)

Jerry_Manuel
11-07-2001, 04:18 PM
Originally posted by NUCatsFan
And here I thought you were the graphics guru. You don't really have any power, do you? :)

Well I am a graphics guru I just don't have any power to make a picture a tag. I have power on the site just not enough to mess with the board.