Redmond pitches USA to 3-0 win
Team USA will defend its title, Sunday, Sept. 27 in Nettuno
It will be the 12th appearance in a Baseball World Cup final for the U.S. They have won the title three times (1973, 1974 and 2007).
Ike Davis got things started for the U.S. with a solo homer to right field in the second inning. Buck Coats added a home run to right in the fifth, and Jon Weber capped the U.S. scoring with a shot to deep center field in the top of the eighth inning.
Team USA starter Redmond (3-0) was brilliant, allowing four hits and striking out four batters for his third win of the World Cup. Jason Childers came on with one out in the ninth inning and finished the game for the U.S., striking out one for his first save of the tournament.
The U.S. will face Cuba next in Round Three of IBAF Baseball World Cup action, Thursday, Sept. 24, at Stadio Borghese in Nettuno, Italy. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) and will be televised live on MLB Network.
Team USA will then close out round three against the Netherlands on Friday, Sept. 25, and, after an off day, will attempt to defend its 2007 IBAF Baseball World Cup Championship on Sunday, Sept. 27, in Nettuno, Italy at 3 p.m. (10 a.m. ET). The gold medal game will also be televised live on the MLB Network.
After losing the opener to Venezuela in Regensburg, Germany, Team USA has now won 11 consecutive games at the 2009 Baseball World Cup.
Trevor Plouffe's hitting streak ended at 10 on Wednesday. Plouffe had hit safely in 10 consecutive World Cup games, dating back to Sept. 11.
USA Baseball Professional Teams hold an 8-1 all-time record versus Puerto Rico in international competition.