Team USA downs Canada, 7-2
Third game of exhibition series set for Sunday at 5 p.m.
For the second straight day, the U.S. received a quality start, as Cahill allowed just one hit in four innings to pick up the win in a predetermined split. Cahill struck out three and walked one. Canada starter Brooks McNiven suffered the loss after six innings of work allowing six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits with a pair of strikeouts and one walk.
Team USA wasted no time getting on the scoreboard touching McNiven for two runs in the top of the first inning. Dexter Fowler (Atlanta, Ga.) led off the game with a triple to right center and after a one-out walk to John Gall (Stanford, Calif.) would score on a RBI from Brown. On the play, Canada second baseman Stubby Clapp could not come up clean with the grounder giving the U.S. runners on first and third base. Gall would score Team USA's second run of the inning then off a sacrifice fly to left field from Mike Hessman (Fountain Valley, Calif.).
Brown would factor in the next three runs of the game as he knocked in a run with a two-out RBI single in the third inning that scored Brian Barden (Templeton, Calif.) and followed that up with a two-out RBI triple in the fifth inning that plated both Barden and Gall as the U.S. built a five-run cushion.
The U.S. increased its lead to 6-0 in the top of the sixth inning as Nate Schierholtz (Danville, Calif.) launched a towering solo homer to right field off of McNiven. He would score the U.S.' seventh run of the game in the seventh inning as Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) doubled to left field that brought Schierholtz home all the way from first base.
The Canadians broke the shutout in the eighth inning as Jimmy VanOstrand knocked a solo homer to left field. They would add a second run then as Emerson Frostad tallied a RBI double to cut the deficit to 7-2.
Despite the two runs in the eighth inning, Team USA received a solid outing out of the bullpen from right-hander Jimmy Cummings (Charleston, W.V.) as he went four innings and allowed just two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks. U.S. reliever Casey Weathers (Elk Grove, Calif.) worked a perfect ninth inning to close out the game and a victory for the U.S.
Team USA finished with a 9-4 hit advantage with Brown and Barden leading the way with two apiece.