U.S. shuts down Panama, 4-0
Right-hander Ryan Burr struck out 12 over six innings
Team USA plated a run in the second and two in the third to take a 3-0 lead against Panama right-hander Fran Alvarado. An RBI double by Timmy Lopes brought home Chris Chinea in the second inning, while Albert Almora had an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch to cap a two-run third for the U.S.
The lead would be more than enough for Ryan Burr, who allowed four hits and a walk through six innings of work and striking out 12 en route to his first win. Mark Brakeman added 2 1/3 innings of relief for Team USA while striking out three, but ran into trouble in the ninth when he allowed a single and hit to batters to bring the tying run to the plate.
Sheldon Neuse came on for the final two outs, needing just eight pitches to strike out the final two batters and earn his first save to preserve the win for Team USA.
Seager finished the day 3-for-4 with a triple and a homer, while Almora and Chinea each had two hits for the U.S.
The victory improves Team USA's record to 6-0 overall in the tournament as they head into a showdown with Venezuela on Thursday afternoon at Pan American Stadium. Game time is set for 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET).