After defeating Colombia 10-3 in their opening Toronto Pan American Games baseball tournament match on Saturday, Cuba stumbled on Sunday losing by a score of 5-2 to the United States.
The USA pitching was highly dominant as they out hit their Caribbean rivals 11 to one and struck out 10 Cubans.
The US team picked up their first win of the tournament, after being upset by a score of 10-9 to Puerto Rico in 10 innings on Saturday.
The five-game exhibition series between the Cuban national team and the USA university selection is now history after the Cubans came back with a solid 4-1 win in Game Five to finish 2-3 in their tune-up for the upcoming Toronto Pan American Games.
Cuba’s national baseball team was unable to contain Team USA batting on Saturday, losing by a lopsided 11-1 game in North Carolina. The US university selection guaranteed a best of five series victory with its third win in the first four games.
Cuba’s pitchers had allowed only allowed 5 runs in the three previous games, losing 2-0 twice and winning 5-1 in game three.
With a convincing win in Game Three of their exhibition series, Cuba’s baseball fans were all smiles on Friday night after their national team woke up after suffering through back-to-back 2-0 shutouts including a no-hitter.
Doubles by Yorbis Borroto and Alexander Malleta broke the ice in the first inning off USA starter and losing piticher Mike Shawaryn. Singles by Rudy Reyes, Yulexis La Rossa and Yordan Manduley put the game at 2-0 in the second.
Three USA pitchers, Daulton Jefferies, Logan Shore and Stephen Nogosek, combined on Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in North Carolina to extend to 18 the consecutive scones suffered by Cuba in the first two of a five-game 2015 exhibition series between the two rivals.
In advance of the five-game series between the USA Collegiate National Team and the Cuban National Team, Team USA announced its final 26-man roster on Tuesday afternoon.
USA Baseball has announced today its 2015 U.S. Pan American Men’s Baseball Team roster. The team will compete in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario (baseball competition to be held in Ajax), July 10 to 19. The U.S. roster features 24 players not currently on Major League Baseball 40-man rosters.