Team USA baseball didn’t get a chance to finish up their third place game at the Pan American qualifying tournament against Venezuela on Wednesday in San Juan, Puerto Rico because of rain. The team did qualify for the games which will be played in October of 2011 and a couple of Royals’ prospects performed well for the team that went 9-1 at the tournament.
First baseman Eric Hosmer hit .389 with an on-base percentage of .511 over the USA’s 10 games. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy, lost on Tuesday to the Dominican Republic 7-2 on Tuesday, was 1-1 overall with an ERA of 2.89 in two starts. Another pitcher, Mike Montgomery was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He struck out 14 in 10 innings over two starts.
The Royals had two other pitchers who represented Team USA, Everett Teaford and Tim Collins who both had ERAs under three. Teaford was 1-0 and started two games for USA. Collins had a string of 6.1 innings of scoreless relief pitching before giving up two runs in the USA’s loss on Tuesday. Third basemen Mike Moustakas on hit .244, but four of his 10 hits were extra base hits including a home run with eight RBI.