Posted on 26 October 2010.
USA takes gold with 11-4 win over MEX
Team finishes 9-0 and wins their fifth straight title
LAGOS DE MORENO, Mexico — The U.S. overcame an early deficit to defeat Mexico, 11-4, winning the gold medal Sunday in front of a standing-room only crowd at Pan American Stadium. Adrian Marin scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on a defensive miscue, and the U.S. would go on to score the final seven runs of the game.
Mexico jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against left-hander Ivan Pelaez. A two-run homer by Ramon Urias put Mexico on the board, and Miguel Rodriguez singled and scored on a double-play later in the inning. Pelaez would settle down after the first inning, not allowing another run in his four innings of work for Team USA on the day.
The U.S. bats answered with singled tallies in the second and fourth innings against Mexico right-hander Roberto Osuna. Chris Chinea doubled and scored in the second inning, and brought home another run with an RBI single in the fourth. They took the lead in the fifth inning, when Corey Seager brought home a run with an RBI double and later scored on a passed ball to make it 4-3.
Mexico tied it with an unearned run in the fifth against Felipe Perez, as Urias grounded into a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on an error before scoring on a single by Rodriguez. Perez would go on to earn the win for Team USA, as both of his wins in the tournament came against Mexico. Perez worked three innings, allowing one unearned run while striking out five.
Marin started a two-out rally in the seventh that allowed the U.S. to take the lead. The right-fielder singled and advanced to third on another single by Corey Seager. When the throw from the right fielder skipped past the infield, Marin was able to slide into home safely with the go-ahead run and give the U.S. a 5-4 lead.
They would add two more in the eighth before pulling away with four runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach. Timmy Lopes brought home a run with a sacrifice fly, and Marin walked with the bases loaded to extend the lead to three in the eighth. Solo home runs by Matt Olson and Chris Chinea started the rally in the ninth before Alex Bregman capped off the scoring with two-run single.
Troy Conyers added two innings of scoreless relief for Team USA, getting the final out on a ground ball off the bat of Jose Cardona. The left-hander made four appearences in the tournament, not allowing a run in five innings of work as the closer for the U.S.
Bregman took home tournament MVP honors, finishing 22-for-39 (.564) with 17 runs scored, two homers and 17 RBI over nine games. He was also award for most runs scored in the tournament and highest batting average. Bregman (2B), Matt Olson (1B), Corey Seager (SS) and Albert Almora (CF) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
As a team, the U.S. established a new 16U records in hits with 143, besting the 122 the team scored in 1998. They also established a new record in runs scored (127), topping the previous high of 119 set in 2006.
The team finishes with a perfect 9-0 record in the tournament, extending the Team USA 16U win streak to 40 games overall. The 16U team has not lost since 2005, when they fell to Cuba in the gold-medal game. It is their fifth consecutive 16U championship.
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