BASEBALL – USA 9, CHINA 1
The United States baseball team, coached by former Aggie player Davey Johnson, moved its record to 3-2 in the Olympics with a contentious victory over host China on Monday.
The 9-1 U.S. win saw six hit batsmen, two injured players requiring medical care, three ejections (two Chinese coaches and a relief pitcher) and two collisions at the plate (both with different Chinese catchers).
U.S. outfielder Matt LaPorta, Cleveland’s key acquisition in the C.C. Sabathia trade, was plunked in the head two innings after bowling over China’s catcher and knocking him out of the game with a knee injury. Laporta was eventually sent to the hospital for a CAT scan which showed a mild concussion and is listed as day-to-day.
Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta threw six scoreless innings as the Americans were never truly challenged. The USA took a 9-0 lead into the ninth inning until China’s Yang Yang hit a solo shot over the center field wall off Blaine Neal after which a Kirk Gibson-esque victory trot around the bases ensued.
U.S. skipper Johnson and Chinese manager Jim Lefebvre played against each other in the 1966 Dodgers-Orioles World Series.
With a win over Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) on Tuesday (6 a.m. CDT), the U.S. will advance to the medal round.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD – Lee Top Qualifier in First Round of 200 Meters
Texas A&M volunteer assistant track & field coach Muna Lee advanced to the quarterfinal rounds in the 200 meters on Tuesday morning.
Lee won the second of six qualifying heats, posting the fastest time of the entire field at 22.71. Americans Allyson Felix (23.02, 9th) and Marshevet Hooker (23.09, 14th) also advanced.
The quarterfinals of the women’s 200 meters will be contested Tuesday starting at 6 a.m. CDT.