Quirky new rule helps Cuba

Playing for the first time under the new extra-innings rule for Olympic competition, Cuba scored twice in the top of the 11-inning giving Cuba a tough 5-4 victory over the U.S. Friday in Beijing, China.

The Olympic Games have been just as frustrating for Bisons pitcher, Jeff Stevens. The hard throwing right hander was saddled with his second loss of the games after allowing two unearned runs during the extra frames.

The loss drops the U.S. to 1-2 after the first three days. The U.S. continues competition against Canada with first pitch set for 10:30 p.m. EDT on Friday night.

The New Rule: The rule states that the teams must place runners on first and second base with no outs, and the runners can come from any part in the lineup.

Cuba elected to place their No. 8 and No. 9 hole hitters to bring up their leadoff hitter. In the bottom half of the 11th, Team USA No. 9 hole hitter Jason Donald on second base and leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler on first.

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Future Games for Team USA:

  • Aug 18 China 7:00 a.m.
  • Aug 19 Chinese Taipei 7:00 a.m.
  • Aug 20 Japan 7:00 a.m.
  • Aug 22 Olympic Semifinals
  • Aug 23 Olympic Medal Round
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