Team USA is 1-1 after two games in the Premier 12 Tournament that is going on in Taiwan. Two current KC Royals minor leaguers played parts in the two games.
The USA lost to Venezuela, 7-5. They actually led 1-0 in the first against Venezuelan starter (and former Royal) Felipe Paulino, as Eibner delivered an RBI single just past the shortstop in the pouring rain.
The game was then delayed for about two hours and Venezuela took advantage.
Eibner ended up driving in two more runs on a double in the fifth. He went 2-for-3 with two walks.
Parker Morin started behind the plate and went 0-for-4.
The WBSC (the tournament’s governing body) has set up a YouTube channel with highlights from all of the games.
Check out highlights from the USA’s loss to Venezuela:
Next up for the USA is Mexico.
Elsewhere, Puerto Rico is also 1-1 in the Premier 12, as they beat Italy in the first game and lost to 2-0 Canada (2-0 on a 7th inning home run).
Jack Lopez is starting for Puerto Rico at shortstop and batting second. Over the two games, he has gone 1-for-6 with a walk, hit batter, and a run scored.
The Puerto Rican baseball Facebook page has some really nice photos from the Premier 12, like this one of Lopez to the right.
The Netherlands is also 1-1, as they lost to Cuba 6-5 in their second game. Current free agent JC Sulbaran took the loss, as he allowed a run on two hits in the 7th inning. He struck out one.