Joining the U.S. and the Dominican Republic in the semis are No. 2 Cuba and No. 3 seed Venezuela. They will square off Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET in San Juan, and the winner/loser of that game will face the winner/loser of Team USA's game in Wednesday's 1st/3rd place games. All four teams have qualified for both the 2011 Pan American Games (top seven in the event) and the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup (top six).
The story Monday was unquestionably Chris Archer (1-0), who threw six scoreless innings for the U.S. It was Archer's second start of the tournament, and he was spectacular. The Chicago Cubs prospect allowed only two hits, walked none and struck out 10 batters. Archer now has 15 Ks for the tournament, putting him one ahead of Mike Montgomery for the team lead.
Team USA scored two runs in both the third and sixth innings. In the third, Mike Moustakas roped a double down the left-field line to score Brian Barden and Mike Trout, who had reached on consecutive singles.
Three innings later, Moustakas led off with a walk, and Brad Eldred followed with a single to left, pushing Moustakas to second. The Eldred single spelled the end of the night for Cuba starter Vladimir Garcia (0-1), and Dalier Hinojoso came on in relief. On the first batter he faced, Eric Hosmer reached on an errant throw by Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu. The error scored Moustakas, but Eldred was thrown out at home on the play. Hinojoso uncorked a wild pitch during the next at-bat, however, which plated Hosmer and pushed the score to 4-0.
Cuba managed to score one run off Nick Hill, who came on for one and two-thirds innings of relief of Archer. Anthony Carter pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to slam the door on Cuba and earn his first save of the tournament.
Live scoring for the remaining U.S. games will be available at USABaseball.com, the online home for USA Baseball. Please visit the site for schedule and roster information, tournament updates and more. Live updates can also be found on Twitter at @USABaseball. Overall tournament information can be found here.
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