The United States finally started to put things together against Italy. Although they let the Italians score first, the U.S. was able to come from behind to take the game. The win helps keep the United States alive. Had they lost to Italy, Team USA would have been all but done.
Italy scored first off USA's Ryan Vogelsong in the bottom of the first inning. Italy scored again in the bottom of the second before Vogelsong was able to settle down. They held their lead until the fifth inning when Team USA broke out. Italy's two runs would not be enough.
Vogelsong finished the game with four innings-pitched, six hits, and two runs allowed. He struck out four without issuing a walk. Vogelsong was relieved by Jeremy Affeldt and Ross Detwiler, neither of which yielded a run. After Vogelsong left, the United States team finally broke through.
Team USA scored their first run in the top of the fourth to cut into Italy's lead. It was the fifth inning, though, that the U.S really busted through. They scored five runs total in the inning including the big blast from David Wright.
Wright, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the United States's loss to Mexico. He continued his hot hitting against Italy. Wright went 1-for-4, but his one hit was a big one. With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Wright blasted a two-out grand slam. The shot put the United States up for good.
Italy didn't need the win against the United States to advance to the second round. The U.S. absolutely needed the win. With an 0-1 record coming into the game, the Team USA was on the brink of elimination. A win against Canada Sunday will guarantee the U.S. advancement to the second round.
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