Cuba Culture

United States and Cuba make Pan American Games baseball finals

Posted July 19, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

MSNBC | Barry Wilner

Just what the Americans want, a shot at the Cuban national baseball team for the Pan American games gold medal.


Cody Satterwhite of Mississippi saved both games as the United States’ collection of college players beat Brazil 7-5 and Mexico 2-1 Wednesday. When Cuba shut out Nicaragua 4-0, it set up a final between the two rivals on Thursday.
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“I’m excited for us to play for the gold, an opportunity that not everyone gets, especially when it happens only once every four years,’’ catcher Preston Paramore of Arizona State said. “We’re the youngest team here, so it’s been a challenge all along.

“Cuba has the team that played in the World Baseball Classic and finished second to Japan. They’re a solid team, but it’s baseball and anything can happen’‘



Here is the schedule for Friday July 20. The gold medal game is set for 9am Rio de Janeiro time. I was not able to find any TV listings.

I think Cuba has beaten the US team a few times. It will be interesting to see if Cuba can do it again.

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On July 20, 2007, publisher wrote:

Cuba won!


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil—The U.S. team of college baseball players finally found its match at the Pan American Games. No surprise that it was Cuba that stopped their strong run.

The Cubans won their 10th straight Pan Ams gold Friday morning with a 3-1 victory. Although the Americans had won all four of their games to get to the final, they were no match for the solid pitching of Adiel Palma. The Americans managed only four hits off Palma, who went 2-0 in Rio, and got one more off Pedro Luis Lazo, who got the save with 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Jacob Thompson of Virginia was the loser as the United States used five pitchers who allowed 10 hits.

Cuba took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run double by Alexander Mayeta, and added a run in the fourth. The Americans answered with one run in the bottom of the fourth, driven in by Justin Smoak of South Carolina.

Cuba, which uses professional players in all international baseball tournaments, has won every Pan Ams gold since 1971. It’s the sixth time the American have finished with silver.

On July 23, 2007, abh wrote:

There are no professional athletes in Cuba.