Bottom 7th: U.S. Offense Remains Silent

Cardinals righthander Fernando Salas made quick work of the U.S. lineup, using a low-90s fastball and a nice changeup for the 1-2-3 inning.

Salas started Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz with a 90 mph fastball, then got him to ground out to shortstop on an 84 mph changeup. Indians outfielder Matt LaPorta got behind 0-2 on a pair of fastballs, then chased a 93 mph fastball up and out of the zone for strike three.

Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler didn’t look much better, getting ahead 1-0 on a fastball up and out of the zone before looking at an 84 mph changeup and then getting caught out front swinigng at another changeup. Fowler ended the inning by grounding a Salas fastball to second base for the out.

If you don’t know much about Juan Salas, you mht want to learn a little more about him. His numbers with Double-A Springfield have been outstanding this season: 49 2/3 innings, a 3.62 ERA and a 69-11 K-BB mark.