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2011 Baseball World Cup – USA 7, Japan 3

2011 Baseball World Cup – USA 7, Japan 3

PANAMA – The USA continued its winning ways with a 7-3 victory over Japan on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 2,500.

U.S.A…………… 020 021 110 – 7 14 0

JAPAN…………… 000 210 000 – 3 7 0

The USA jumped out on top 2-0 after 2 innings and stayed in control of the game the rest of the way. James Gosewisch (2-for-4) got the Americans on the board in the 2nd with a 2-out 2-run double.

Japan came back to tie the game in the 4th on a sacrifice fly by Toshiyuki Hayashi (1-for-3) and a Yuichi Tabata (0-for-4) ground out, but it didn’t take long for the US to regain the lead.

In the 5th, the USA went up by 2 again. Jordy Mercer began the rally with a 1-out walk. Jackson followed him with a single through the right side to put runners on the corners. After Andrew Garcia (1-for-4) walked to load the bases, Joe Thurston (1-for-4) came up big with a 2-run single through the right side to put the USA up 4-2. They would leave the bases loaded but would never relinquish the lead again.

Jeffrey Marquez pitched 6 good innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 2 to pick up the win. The USA bullpen shut down the Japanese bats the rest of the way. Justin Cassell, Peter Andrelczyk, and Scott Patterson all came into pitch a scoreless inning to push the American record to 2-1 for the World Cup.

On the other side of the ball, Jackson went 2-for-4 from the lead off spot for the Americans scoring a run. Jordan Danks and Jordy Mercer both went 2-for-4 scoring a pair of runs and driving in 1.

The USA will turn around and play Greece at 2pm on Thursday afternoon.

Japan will play Panama at 7:30 on Thursday to try and figure out a way to get their first victory of the World Cup.

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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