On November 9, 2007 — The Italian national team stuns Team USA with a 6 – 2 win in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. Italy had not beaten the US for 21 years and had never beaten an American team with professional players. It is a strong American contingent, too, one that will beat Cuba to win the Cup this year. The loss against Italy (which fails to make the quarterfinals) is their only defeat of the tournament. Two errors by Brian Bixler and one by Jerry Blevins aid Italy, whose balanced attack is led by Mario Chiarini (2 for 3). Seven Italian hurlers combine to shut down a potent US offense – Matteo D’Angelo, Roberto Corradini, Luca Panerati, Cody Cillo, Chris Di Roma, Anthony Ferrari and Alessandro Maestri. The US loads the bases against Maestri in the 9th but the Cubs farmhand strikes out tournament MVP Jayson Nix to end it.


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