olympicbaseball August 14th, 2008
Game 5: Game Summary(Box Score) Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB United States 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 1 7 10 0 7 Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Who will win if a college pitcher (Stephen Strasburg) vs. a AAA pitcher (Shairon Martis)? The answer surprise everyone, Strasburg struck out 11 through seven innings but Martis last less than three inning and allow five runs.
Strasburg allowed just one hit and walked one as the U.S. rebounded from a tough 8-7 loss to South Korea the previous night.
Matt LaPorta belted a three-run homer and Matt Brown added a solo shot. Jason Donald had three hits and an RBI.
The game was called with the Netherlands having the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, causing players on the losing team to vent a little.
“Every run we score against the USA is important and anything is possible,” said catcher Sidney de Jong. “With the bases loaded and no outs, we may score eight or we may score three, but everything you take into the next game is important.”
That wasn’t the case though for USA manager Davey Johnson.
“I’m not good at waiting and neither are my guys, but I’m glad they called it when they did,” said Johnson. “When you’re down seven to zip your chances of scoring against my pitching staff is not very good.”
Brown homered to start the second inning, and the U.S. added four more runs in the fourth. Terry Tiffee doubled to begin the frame and Brown walked. With one out, LaPorta homered. Donald doubled in a run later in the inning.
The Americans added another run on a wild pitch in the seventh and Dexter Fowler had an RBI groundout in the eighth.
Game 6: Game Summary(Box Score) Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2
And another surprise came from China vs Korea game, the host use their pitching to let Asian opponent quiet for five innings, and after a combined two-and-a-half hour rain delay, they must wait until Aug. 17 to try to break a 0-0 deadlock. The game will be played on the Wukesong Baseball Main Field at 18:00.