Cuba's baseball team had to work overtime to earn a 5-4 victory over the United States in 11 innings Friday afternoon at the Wukesong Baseball Main Field.
Jayson Nix (Dallas, Texas) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 3 and force the extra innings. Cuba pushed two runs across in the top half of the 11th, and the Americans could only respond with that that for the final score. Terry Tiffee (North Little Rock, Ark.) went 2-4 with a run and an RBI to lead the U.S. offense.
Nix was hit in the face by a fouled bunt attempt in the U.S. loss to Cuba and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. More information will be available later after the examination. Nix was a first round (supplemental) draft choice of the Colorado Rockies and plays outfield for the Rockies AAA affiliate Colorado Springs.
Now 1-2, the Americans' next test is Canada in a game scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday August 16.