Wright’s Triple Sparks Victory…
DURHAM, N.C. - Ryan Wright (Louisville) broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning with a RBI triple to right center and Gerrit Cole (UCLA) preserved the win with two innings of relief giving Team USA a 1-0 win over Korea at Goodmon Field inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Scoreless heading into the eighth frame, Jackie Bradley Jr. (South Carolina) reached on an one-out infield single then moved into scoring position when Sung Bun Na tried to pick him off of first, throwing the ball wide right of the bag. Wright then laced a 1-2 offering just out of reach of the center fielder, Jong Wook Ko, scoring Bradley, Jr. easily from second.
Kyle Winkler (Texas Christian) picked up the win working two innings of scoreless relief with a pair of strikeouts. Starter Tyler Anderson (Oregon) scattered three hits over five innings fanning three and walking two. Cole, who made his first appearance on the bump, notched the save in two innings with a pair punch outs.
Na (0-1) suffered the loss despite giving up two hits and one run (earned) in two innings of relief work. Chi Young Lim held Team USA scoreless through 5 1/3 innings where he allowed four hits, walked four and struck out five. A trio of Korean pitchers closed the final 1 2/3 innings giving up just one base hit.
Team USA stranded eight runners on base and threatened to score in the third, fourth and sixth innings where they left at least one runner in scoring position. In the four games thus far in the series Team USA has outscored Korea 16-2 with two shutouts, including a no-hitter in the opening game of the series.
The five-game series will wrap-up Sunday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. with a first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. (EST).
Notes: Nick Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton) extended his hit streak to five games with his single through the right side in the fourth inning … Jackie Bradley, Jr. collected his second three-hit game of the summer season with his single in the eighth … Team USA’s pitching staff has struck out 46 batters while issuing 12 free passes in the four-game series with Korea … Jason Esposito (Vanderbilt) made his debut for Team USA as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
(USA Baseball release)