Playing for gold in the Pan Am Games, Team USA lost to host Canada, 7-6 in ten innings. Canada has now won back-to-back gold medals in the Pan Am Games.
Clinging to a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the tenth, Team USA reliever David Huff threw wildly over to first base on a pickoff attempt. Why he was throwing over, I have no clue. There was a runner on second base…and that runner scored on the Huff throwing error.
Then the throw from right field to third base was wild and then the throw home to nail the winning run (veteran Pete Orr) was dropped by the catcher (no it wasn’t Cam Gallagher behind the plate for the US).
[I would love to post the highlight, but the content is only available in Canada. The game was blacked out everywhere but the host country]
That came after the US took a 6-4 lead in the top of the tenth on a two-run double by Tyler Pasternicky.
I am not a fan of the international extra inning rules, but it sure made the 10th inning exciting. For those who do not know, extra innings start with whoever you want on first and second base (usually speed guys) and the first batter is the next hitter after the guy placed on first base. With ZERO outs.
Both sides placed their 8-9 hitters on base for their 1-2-3 in the order.
Casey Kotchman once again started at first base and batted fifth for the US. He walked twice, including intentionally in the tenth to load the bases. Kotchman also singled and scored a run.
Buddy Baumann was the USA’s first reliever and threw 2.2 innings. He allowed one run on four hits and walked one while striking out three. Baumann was in line for the loss before the USA scored a run in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4. He left with runners on the corners and two outs in the seventh in favor of teammate Casey Coleman.
Coleman did not allow a run over 1.1 innings of relief. He induced a ground out of pinch-hitter Tim Smith in the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth.
Cam Gallagher only played one game during the Pan Am Games.
All four KC Royals players will be coming home with a silver medal.
*Former Royal Jeff Francis got the start for Canada and allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out seven. Francis was actually Canada’s closer prior to the gold medal game, going 2-for-2 in save opportunities.