Team USA bounced back from yesterday’s disappointing 5-2 loss to Mexico with a solid 6-2 win over Italy. The victory means Team USA plays Canada Sunday afternoon at 4 ET for the right to advance to the tournament’s second round, which begins next week in Miami.
Team USA got off to another slow start and found themselves trailing Italy 2-0 going into the fourth inning before the offense finally showed some signs of life. They were able to bust it open with five runs in the fifth that included a David Wright grand slam.
Ryan Vogelsong started for the U.S.A and picked up the win, working into the fifth inning before nearing the 65-pitch limit placed on starters in the first round of the Classic. He allowed two runs on six hits, walked none and struck out four. Ross Detwiler tossed the final four innings of shutout, one-hit ball and earned the save.
Pitcher Derek Holland will take the ball for the U.S. against Canada’s starter, Jameson Taillon, a 21-year-old top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
It’s win or go home!