Men’s Pan American Championship begins

Argentina won today their first game in the X Men’s Pan American Championship, defeating Panama by 5-0 in Santo Domingo. Argentine pitchers Maximiliano Montero, Huemul Mata and Roman Godoy combined for a no hit no run, while Gustavo Godoy hit a two run homer in the seventh inning.

Argentina scored the first run of the game in the third inning. They loaded the bases with a single by Mariano Montero, and two walks by Federico Eder and Teo Migliavacca; and then Montero scored in a fielder choice play.

In the top of the seventh Godoy hit a two run shot to center field to make it 3-0. Nicolas Carril reached base by an error and scored with Godoy’s shot.

After that swing, Argentina exploded offensively with four consecutive hits, to score two more security runs and clinch the game.

Tomorrow Argentina will face Mexico at 14 hs, while Panama will play against Canada.

In the second game of the day, Puerto Rico had a great offensive game, defeating Aruba by 12-2 in four innings. The winner was David Rivera, who allowed 2 hits, and 2 runs in four innings of work, with 3 strikeouts.

Eduardo Nuñez and Emanuel Colon hit a home run each for the winner, in the third and fourth inning respectively.

However, both teams started the game strong, scoring five combined runs. Puerto Rico scored three runs, including a two-RBI triple by Nuñez (he had 5 RBI in the game). In the other hand, Aruba answered with two runs, with an RBI single by Kelvin Silvania.

However, Puerto Rico keep scoring over and over, while Rivera stopped Aruba offensive to clinch the knockout win.

In the final game of the day, the Dominican Republic defeated Brazil with authority by 15-0, in front of the home crowd. From the beginning the host team stablished the differences between both teams, scoring eight runs in the first inning. The South American team couldn’t do anything in their debut in the tournament.

In other scores, Cuba defeated Colombia by 7-0; Guatemala on against Belize by 15-0; and Canada beat Costa Rica by 20-0.

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