USA falls to CAN, 2-1; earns silver
Carroll drove in lone U.S. run, his eighth of the Pan Ams
LAGOS DE MORENO, Mexico -- Team USA lost the Pan Am baseball gold medal final in heart-breaking fashion, Tuesday, falling 2-1 to Canada. With the loss, the U.S. dropped to 3-2 for the tournament and 10-6 overall for the season (including the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama).
Tuesday marked the fourth-consecutive Pan Am silver medal for the United States and its 10th Pan Am silver overall. The defeat also extended the second-longest gold medal drought in U.S. Pan American sports history, with men's field hockey having never won a gold medal, dating back to 1967.
U.S. starter Andy Van Hekken delivered another solid start for Team USA. The lefty allowed both Canada runs, along with six hits over seven innings. The loss dropped Van Hekken to 1-1 for the Pan Ams and 3-1 on the season. Jeff Beliveau and Pete Andrelczyk chipped in a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively, in relief.
Brett Carroll drove in the lone U.S. run in the first with an RBI-double. It was Carroll's eighth RBI of the tournament, and in going 1-for-4, he finished team-leading .556 (10-for-18) average in the Pan Ams. A.J. Pollock led the club with two base hits Tuesday.
U.S. manager Ernie Young -- a five-time USA Baseball alum, two as a player and now three as a member of a coaching staff -- said that he could not have been prouder of his team following the game.
"Our guys played their hearts out," Young said. "I wanted so bad for those guys to win a gold medal. We just came up one run short. I'm proud of them. They came a long way. We didn't play well in Panama at first, but we got better and carried it over to the Pan Ams. We lost two games here -- both by one run. They were great ball games."
NOTES: This is the fourth-consecutive Pan Am silver medal for the United States and its 10th Pan Am silver overall...With the loss, the U.S. extends the second-longest gold medal drought in U.S. Pan American sports history...men's field hockey has no gold medal in its history, dating back to 1967...U.S. starter Andy Van Hekken delivered yet another solid start despite earning his first loss of the season with Team USA...the lefty was 3-1 overall with a 0.96 ERA in the Pan Am Games and the IBAF World Cup...Brett Carroll drove in the lone U.S. run...the outfielder led Team USA in hitting in the Pan Ams with a .556 average (10-for-18)...A.J. Pollock led the U.S. with two hits, Tuesday...With his third-inning infield single, Joe Thurston successfully recorded at least one hit in each of the 16 games he played for the U.S. this season, across both the IBAF World Cup and the Pan Am Games...the second baseman led the team this season with a .424 average (25-for-59)...Reliever Pete Andrelczyk made an appearance in a third-straight U.S. game, Friday...his three appearances led Team USA in the Pan Ams...A U.S. pro team last faced Canada earlier this month on Oct. 9, in the IBAF World Cup in Panama...Canada won the game, 6-1...the two teams were scheduled to play for the bronze medal in the event on Oct. 15, but the game was rained out, resulting in a tie...Canada was awarded the bronze via owning the tie-breaker over the U.S. with the previous win...Canada made its first appearance in the Pan Am Games since it hosted the event in Winnipeg and won bronze...In playing for the gold medal, Tuesday night, Canada made its first-ever appearance in the gold medal game of a major international tournament...Canada is currently the No. 8 ranked team in the world by the IBAF...the U.S. is No. 2.