Sept. 22, 2009


Alvarez Homers as Team USA Tops Venezuela 6-3


Pedro Alvarez hit his fourth home run of the tournament as Team USA defeated Venezuela 6-3 in the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup at Stadio Cerriti in Florence, Italy.


Team USA (10-1) clinched a spot in the medal round this weekend in Nettuno, Italy. The bronze medal game will be on Saturday and the gold medal game will be on Sunday.


Tug Hulett had an RBI double and Terry Tiffee added a two-run single in a four-run third for the U.S. Alvarez went deep in the fourth and Trevor Plouffe extended his hit streak to 10 with an RBI single in the sixth to cap the scoring for Team USA.


Brad Lincoln (2-0) allowed two runs in 6.2 innings for the U.S. with three strikeouts to earn the victory. Geno Espineli, the third reliever for Team USA, recorded the final out for his first save of the tournament.


Hulett finished with two hits and two runs, while Tiffee and Jon Weber each had two hits for Team USA. Rene Reyes had two hits and two RBI for Venezuela (5-5).


Team USA will play Puerto Rice on Wednesday at Stadio Cerriti in Florence, Italy.


9/21/09: Plouffe Pops Game-Winning Home Run in Team USA Win

9/17/09: Alvarez Hits Three Homers in 13-4 Team USA Win

9/15/09: Smoak Homers Again as Team USA Tops Japan 4-2

9/14/09: Smoak Homers Twice as Team USA Wins 11-1

9/13/09: Team USA Opens Round 2 with Shutout of Canada

9/12/09: Team USA Blanks China to Advance to Round 2

9/11/09: Redmond, Team USA Shut Down Germany

9/10/09: Team USA Falls to Venezuela in 11 Innings

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