The U.S. has yet to muster up much offense, as Indians righthander Hector Rondon set down the Americans in order.
Rondon, who sat at 93 mph fastball and topped out once at 94 mph, showed a clean, loose arm with his explosive fastball. Rondon, who is still just 20 years old with high Class A Kinston, retired Phillies catcher Lou Marson on seven pitches, inducing a groundout to second base on a fastball.
Rondon complemented his fastball with a 79-82 mph slider. From where Will and I are seated, it’s hard to get a feel for the movement on the pitch, but from up here (and judging from the velocity), the fastball looks like his best pitch. He threw one slider to Phillies shortstop Jason Donald for a ball, then attacked him with three straight mid-90s fastballs before sawing his bat in half for the weak groundout to the pitcher.
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (playing left field tonight in deference to Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler), battled Rondon for eight pitches before getting caught out front on a 79 mph slider for a routine fly out to left.