World half of the first

Jeff Niemann started for the United States and threw consistently at 95-97 mph, according to the stadium radar gun.

Michael Saunders reached on an error by Chris Coghlan. He stole second and scored on Chin-Lung Hu’s double. Hu then stole third, and scored on Wladimir Balentien’s sacrifice fly. Hu looked to score easily on the fly to center field, but U.S. center fielder Justin Upton made the play interesting with a laser throw to the plate. Joey Votto then struck out swinging, and Max Ramirez flied out to Jay Bruce by way of Coghlan, who bobbled the ball but was bailed out by his right fielder.