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GLENDALE, ARIZONA (October 31, 2015) The 2015 USA Baseball Premier12™ Team pitching staff combined for a total of 14 strike outs to hold back Canada in game 1 of 3 that ended in a 2-2 tie on Saturday afternoon, October 31 on Hank Aaron Field at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Team USA’s RHP Seth Simmons (Arizona Diamondbacks) led the pitching staff with five strike outs using only 39 pitches.
Canada scored their two runs in the second inning. The first run came when Brock Kjeldgaard scored on a bases loaded walk. Taylor Green scored the second run on a sacrifice grounder. Canada’s bats were held to a total of five hits for the game. Pete Orr led Canada’s batting with two hits in the game giving him a .500 slugging percentage.
Team USA’s first run came in the third inning when Jacob May crosses the plate on a Tyler Pastornicky RBI single to right field. The tying run came in the seventh inning when May singled up the middle allowing Brett Phillips to score on the play.
After the game, Team USA’s Manager Willie Randolph, an MLB veteran, stated “I was impressed with our pitching.” He also stated “today was a good day and I saw a lot of good things”. When asked about tomorrow’s match up, his response was “I want them to be a little more aggressive. Tomorrow we will stretch out, probably doing more running and stealing bases.”
Team USA Baseball host Canada on Sunday at 1 p.m. AZ Time for game 2 at Maryvale Baseball Park. To follow the USA Baseball Premier™ Team, visit USABaseball.com. For game updates, follow @USABaseball on Twitter.