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Rodon fans 11, USA defeats Cuba 5-3

Posted July 23, 2013

NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon fanned 11 to lead Team USA (20-3) to a 5-3 victory and a series sweep over Cuba Tuesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

In six and two thirds innings pitched Rodon threw 82 pitches, 63 strikes and only allowed three hits. Rodon’s opening pitch was a 94 mile-per-hour fast ball, his last hit 95. Rodon left the mound to a standing ovation from the 4,845 fans in attendance. 

In three previous appearances and 10.1 innings pitched for Team USA Rodon had a perfect 0.00 ERA. The lefty only allowed three hits, walked four and struck out ten.

Fellow Wolfpack teammate Trea Turner started Tuesday at shortstop and took the leadoff spot. Turner had two runs, a hit, a stolen base and a walk.

Turner had batted a .208 in 19 games prior to Tuesday. In 72 at bats Turner had 11 runs, 15 hits and eight stolen bases.

North Carolina's Skye Bolt entered in the eighth to pinch hit but struck out swinging. He remained in the game in the ninth to play center field. In 12 games played, Bolt had a batting average of .125 with four hits, three runs and a homerun. 

Team USA won the first four games of the Friendship Series being held between USA and Cuba in various cities in the United States for the first time since 1996.

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  • Jcwolf75 Jul 25, 12:34 p.m.

    when the time comes it would be sweet to see him on the Phillies staff :)

    — Posted by RDI762

    And I wish "that time" was now! Not looking forward to another season having to face... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    Lol, he really is a force. Most likely a top 5 pick, very proud of the baseball crew! EA has done a really good job of getting talent into the program.

  • Hokies94 Jul 24, 9:10 p.m.

    I hope that Rodon is the first pitcher in the draft next year, or maybe the overall number one pick. He has definitely shown that he is deserving right now.

  • hsiflee Jul 24, 7:24 p.m.

    when the time comes it would be sweet to see him on the Phillies staff :)

    — Posted by RDI762

    ...good gosh, r u crazy? who in their right mind would want to go th Philly?

  • 4tarheels Jul 24, 12:31 p.m.

    Glad he's playing against Cuba and not UNC. It's fun pulling for him for a change. He's a beast. Reminds me of Roger Clemens.

  • Gunnstigator Jul 24, 11:50 a.m.

    when the time comes it would be sweet to see him on the Phillies staff :)

    — Posted by RDI762

    And I wish "that time" was now! Not looking forward to another season having to face The Beast.

  • zonk Jul 24, 10:51 a.m.

    He is mighty good.

  • Hokies94 Jul 24, 10:41 a.m.

    Rodon is a pitching machine. Great job by the USA.

  • NCCaniac Jul 24, 9:27 a.m.

    His draft stock just keeps going up and up!

  • BattlingBishop 5 Jul 24, 6:24 a.m.

    Congrats to the USA...nice W.

  • ciscopack Jul 24, 12:00 a.m.

    Very nice Carlos! It is fun to watch you play. I hope you go to the National League...I'd like for you to have a bat in your hands. Go Pack.

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