Team USA pounded out 19 hits against Colombia pitching en route to the victory. Every member of the U.S. collected at least one hit and one run scored. Mike Trout and Chase d'Arnaud both went 3-for-5 for the United States. Trout added two runs, two RBIs and a walk, while d'Arnaud also scored two and drove in one run.
U.S. starter Mike Montgomery was solid, going five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out six for the win. Andre Lamontagne relieved Montgomery and allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits in two innings, and Bruce Billings closed out the game with two hitless frames.
The United States did all of its damage in innings three through seven. Jamie Hoffmann's two-run triple highlighted a seven-run third inning that saw the U.S. bat around. The seven runs scored in the third inning were the most in a single inning since Team USA scored seven against Chinese Taipei at the 2009 IBAF World Cup in Torino, Italy.
From there Team USA never looked back, plating one run in the fourth and sixth innings, and two runs in the fifth and seventh. Colombia scored four runs in its half of the sixth inning but was only able to muster one hit from that point on.
Colombian starter Teofilo Gutierrez took the loss, allowing six earned runs in two and a third innings. Reinaldo Rodriguez and Diover Avila both went 2-for-4 in a losing effort, as Colombia fell to 1-3 on the tournament.
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ROYAL FLUSH: Team USA was led to victory today over Colombia by a trio of Kansas City Royal prospects. Lefty Mike Montgomery (1-0) gave up two runs and scattered five hits over five innings while striking out six for the victory. He was helped out by fellow Royals future stars Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. Moustakas went 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs and a run scored, while Hosmer, also 2-for-5, scored 2 runs and knocked in one.
COACHES CORNER: Former major leaguer Leon "Bull" Durham begins his first stint as Team USA hitting coach. "The Bull," as he was known, played 10 seasons in the Major Leagues and was named to the National League All-Star Team in 1982 and 1983. Durham was a member of the 1984 N.L. East Champion Chicago Cubs. He is currently a coach in the Detroit Tigers organization.
RAINING RUNS: The seven runs scored by Team USA in the third inning against Colombia are the most in a single inning since Team USA scored seven against Chinese Taipei at the 2009 IBAF World Cup in Torino, Italy.
BALANCED ATTACK: Team USA pounded out 19 hits against Colombia pitching today. Every member of the U.S. starting lineup collected at least one hit and each scored at least one run, including outfielder Todd Frazier who replaced Brett Jackson in the 5th inning.
TROUT FISHIN': USA outfielder Mike Trout reached base four times, going 3-for-5 with a walk, while knocking in 2 runs and scoring two more. The 19-year-old, who was a first round draft selection of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, is the youngest member of Team USA.
TODAY'S OTHER ACTION:
Venezuela vs. Netherlands Antilles - 1:00pm
Canada vs. Argentina - 1:00pm
Nicaragua vs. Cuba - 7:30pm
Panama vs. Puerto Rico - 7:30pm
Aruba vs. Dominican Republic - 7:30pm