Team USA beats Chinese Taipei, 14-3
Pedro Alvarez sets USA World Cup record for homers
Team USA jumped on Chinese Taipei for seven runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead. Alvarez hit a three-run home run to right field and Jon Weber, Terry Tiffee and Buck Coats each added an RBI apiece.
The U.S. followed with five more home runs over the next three innings as Weber added a two-run shot to right field and Alvarez hit his second of the night -- a solo shot to left -- to lead 10-0 after two. Tiffee and Lucas May added solo homers in the fourth inning, and Alvarez hit his third home run to right-center field to give Team USA a 14-0 advantage.
USA starter Todd Redmond (2-0) gave up three runs and struck out six batters in six innings pitched for his second win of the World Cup. B.J. Rosenberg closed out the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, striking out on batter. The game was then stopped due to the IBAF 10-run rule.
Alvarez finished the game 3-for-4 with six RBIs. Weber also went 3-for-4 for Team USA, finishing with three RBI and three runs scored.
The six USA home runs tied the USA Baseball World Cup Team record for home runs in a game.
The U.S. will face Australia, Friday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) at Stadio De Benedetti in Piacenza, Italy. Trevor Reckling (1-0) is expected to take the mound for the Red, White and Blue.
The game lasted two hours and 21 minutes.
Pedro Alvarez hit three home runs in the game, breaking the USA Baseball World Cup Record for home runs in a game. Twelve USA Baseball players have hit two-home runs in a single World Cup game, including current teammate Justin Smoak.
Team USA tied the USA Baseball World Cup record for home runs in a game with six. The U.S. has hit six home runs in only two other World Cup games -- in 2007 and 1988 -- both against Spain.
Trevor Plouffe has registered a hit in the last six games, currently the longest hitting streak for Team USA in the 2009 World Cup.