Korea defeats USA in Gold Medal Game

Early Friday morning (on the East Coast), Team USA was defeated by Korea, 8-0 in the Gold Medal Game of the Premier 12 Tournament. Thus, the US returns home silver medal winners.

Premier-12-LogoTo get to the finals, the US had to beat Mexico (6-1). In that semifinal game, Brett Eibner went 0-for-3 with a walk.

In the gold medal game, Team USA manager Willie Randolph decided to rest Eibner, who had played pretty much every game in right field. Resting your clutch hitter proved costly.

Korea jumped all over USA starter Zack Segovia, as he lasted just two-plus innings (two runs on four hits and two walks). It only got worse from there.

Brooks Pounders followed in the 3rd inning with a runner on base and left him stranded. However, Korea scored five runs off Pounders in the fourth before he was pulled with a runner on base (he was left stranded).

With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Pounders allowed a two-run double. After a strikeout, he allowed a three-run home run.

You can watch the entire game below (or fast forward to Pounders’ appearance at the 1:02 mark):


Later in the game (the ninth), Casey Coleman allowed a run on two hits and two walks over 2/3 of an inning. He struck out two, but left with the bases loaded (all were stranded with a strikeout).


So, Royals farmhands Eibner, Pounders, and catcher Parker Morin (who did not play in the semis or finals), along with current free agent Coleman are silver medalists.


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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2 Responses to Korea defeats USA in Gold Medal Game

  1. John says:

    If you’re going to post, post with insight. Eibner wasn’t getting a breather, he didn’t play because he was put on the 40 man roster earlier that day and mlb doesn’t allow 40 man roster players to participate in that event

    • Jen Nevius says:

      Thanks for the kind words. I did see that Eibner was placed on the 40-man and forgot that MLB was once again ruining international baseball competition. I also wasn’t sure with the time difference if the roster move came before the game.

      But thanks for reading!

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