Canada edges out Team USA, 4-3
Team USA and Canada continue exhibition play on Saturday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
With the game deadlocked at 3-3 in the 10th inning, Canada's Stubby Clapp reached base on a one-out walk and would then get into scoring position on a stolen base. With two outs and Clapp still on second base, Thorman knocked a double down the right field line to put the Canadians on top by a run. Right-handed reliever David Davidson entered for Canada in the bottom of the 10th inning and set down all three U.S. batters to close out the game.
Canada reliever Steve Green earned the win after hurling two innings and allowing one run on one hit while striking out three batters. USA reliever Jeff Stevens (Berkeley, Calif.) suffered the loss after 1.2 innings of work. He allowed one run on one hit with three strikeouts and two walks.
Things looked good for Team USA early behind starting pitcher Brett Anderson (Midland, Texas). The left-hander looked good on the mound with four scoreless innings of work and allowed just three hits while striking out four and walking only one batter.
The U.S. would go ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning on a two-out RBI double courtesy of Terry Tiffee (North Little Rock, Ark.). The Red, White & Blue got things started with one out as Dexter Fowler (Atlanta, Ga.) reached on an infield single. With Fowler on second base, Tiffee roped a two base hit down the right field line that scored Fowler to give the U.S. a one-run cushion.
The lead increased to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning as Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) launched a solo homer to left center off of Canadian reliever Rheal Cormier. LaPorta turned on 3-1 pitch from Cormier for his first home run of the summer for Team USA.
With the U.S. holding a two-run lead, the Canadians mounted a rally on the back of three consecutive one-out hits against U.S. reliever Mike Koplove (Philadelphia, Pa.). After a leadoff walk to Emerson Frostad, the Canadians put runners on second and third base on a double from Adam Stern. Canada would then score its first run of the game with a base hit up the middle by Stubby Clapp and took its first lead of the game then on a two-run double from Mike Saunders.
The lead would be short-lived though for Canada as the U.S. tied the game on a solo homer off the bat of Brian Barden (Templeton, Calif.). Barden welcomed Canada reliever Steve Green to the ball game with a solo homer off a 2-2 pitch from the right-hander evening the game at 3-3.
Canada finished with an 8-6 advantage in hits including two apiece from Stern, Clapp and Thorman.
Both teams meet in the second exhibition game of the series on Saturday evening with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Pat Gillick will be attending Saturday's game between Team USA and Canada at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Gillick will arrive in Cary, N.C., on Saturday morning and have lunch with all members with the Philadelphia Phillies organization (U.S. Olympic Team players Jason Donald and Lou Marson as well as Auxiliary Coach Roly DeArmas and Team Canada players R.J. Swindle and Steve Green).