LaPorta Hits 3-Run HR in USA's 7-0 Shutout Over Netherlands

Stephen Strasburg

BEIJING (AP) - Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State carried a no-hit bid into the 7th inning and struck out 11 for the Americans, as Team USA bounced back from a tough loss in their opener to South Korea to blank the Netherlands, 7-0.

The game, which was called after 8 innings by a second rain delay, took 6½ hours to complete.

The Dutch protested the decision because they had loaded the bases in the 9th with no outs, but after a two hour delay, it was denied by baseball's international federation.

Former Southern Leaguer Sharnol Adriana broke up the no-hitter with a single in the 7th. The 37-year old former infielder in the Toronto Blue Jays' system played for the Knoxville Blue Jays from 1993-1996.

Casey Weathers came in to throw a perfect 8th inning, striking out two.

Matt Brown's 2nd-inning solo home run was the only run that the U.S. needed, but former Huntsville Stars right fielder Matt LaPorta, who went hitless vs. South Korea, added some insurance with a 3-run home run in the 4th.

Phillies prospect Jason Donald (Class AA-Reading) had three hits including an RBI double in his Olympic debut.

The U.S. advances to play Cuba in a game that will be televised on the USA network tonight at 10:30.

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