U.S. throttles Panama, 11-0 (7 inn.)
Carroll and Mendonca each hit second Pan Am home run
LAGOS DE MORENO, Mexico -- Team USA (2-0) kept its foot on the gas, Friday, as it defeated Panama (0-2), 11-0, in a mercy-rule shortened seven-inning game. The U.S. offense was once again powered by one big inning, as it followed up Thursday's 10-run eighth with six runs in Friday's fourth frame.
Brett Carroll and Tommy Mendonca continued their tear at the plate, Friday. The pair of sluggers added two more home runs, each launching their second long ball of the tournament. Carroll struck first, blasting a shot to left to lead off the fourth. The outfielder added two more hits on the day, finishing 3-for-3 with two runs scored, the homer and three RBIs. Carroll's standout performance brings his two-game Pan Am total to a blistering 7-for-8, with two home runs, a triple, seven RBIs and five runs scored. Despite the lofty RBI totals, he still places second on the team in the category, behind Mendonca's eight. The third baseman went 1-for-3, Friday, with a sixth-inning home run, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Drew Smyly (1-0, 2-0) was outstanding in the start for the U.S., winning his Pan Am debut behind six scoreless innings, four strikeouts and one walk -- the first the lefty has issued in three starts this season with Team USA. Matt Shoemaker -- who started for the U.S. in his previous two appearances this season -- came on in relief and struck out two Panama batters in a scoreless seventh.
The U.S. faces host Mexico (1-0), Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. ET, in a game that will decide not only which countries advance to the semifinals on Monday, Oct. 24, but seeding in those games as well.
NOTES: Brett Carroll hit his second home run in as many days -- both long shots to left...the outfielder had not hit a home run in his previous eight World Cup games for Team USA...through two games, Carroll is 7-for-8, with two home runs, a triple, seven RBIs and five runs scored...Starter Drew Smyly (1-0, 2-0) was outstanding in winning his opening start of the Pan Ams, and second of the season for Team USA...the Detroit Tigers prospect tossed six scoreless frames, striking out four and only walking one -- his first of the season in three starts for the U.S....Joe Thurston continued his hitting streak, Friday, slapping an RBI-single in the fourth inning to give him at least one base hit in each of the 12 games he has played for Team USA this season...Matt Clark walked two more times, Friday, giving him six total through two games...the four walks on Thursday were a single-game U.S. Pan Am record...Tommy Mendonca was back at it again on Friday, blasting a two-run home run to right...the blast gives him two long balls for the tournament and five overall for the season to lead the team...The game was delayed nine minutes following Smyly's first pitch of the ballgame...the pitch hit the dirt, bounced up, struck the home plate umpire in the thumb, reportedly breaking it...After going 11 games in the IBAF World Cup without a triple, Jordan Danks added Team USA's second in two days with a fifth-inning shot to the wall in left-center (Carroll, Thursday)...Matt Shoemaker made his first relief appearance of the season for the U.S., hurling a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts...After setting a U.S. Pan Am team single-game record with 10 walks against the Dominican Republic on Thursday, Team USA logged nine more free passes, Friday, good for a tie for second most ever...the team record for an entire Pan Ams is 54 (1987)...This current U.S. professional team played Panama earlier this month, Oct. 10, in the IBAF World Cup which was hosted in Panama...Team USA won the game, 5-0...Panama is currently ranked No. 16 in the world by the IBAF.