Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ruggiano, Team USA rough on Taiwan

Former Biscuit Justin Ruggiano homered twice in Team USA's 10-7 win over host Taiwan today at the IBF World Cup.

Ruggiano hit a three-run homer in the seventh to break a 6-6 tie and clubbed a solo shot in the ninth. He was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and the Americans clinched their pool's top seed. They'll face South Korea on Friday in the quarterfinals.

On Tuesday, I was in a football-induced haze and forgot to mention that ... Dodgers third baseman Andy LaRoche knocked in three runs and Russell County High's Colby Rasmus scored twice in the USA's 4-2 victory over South Africa.

In your Nestor Perez update, he had two RBIs today in Spain's 4-3 loss to Japan and was 0-for-2 in Tuesday's 19-1 setback against Mexico. Perez had a .211 average and Spain finished 1-6.

The biggest surprise today was the Netherlands' 2-1 win over Cuba. The Cubans' last World Cup loss was in 2001.

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