Cuba’s National Baseball Slave team suffers third straight defeat to U.S. amateur team

Oh to be a fly on the wall of the Cuban dictatorship’s national sports ministry as they receive yet another call from their slave master.

Via the AP in The Republic:

Brandon Finnegan limits Cuba to 3 hits in 7 innings in Team USA’s 1-0 victory
PHOTO: Cuba manager Victor Mesa is silhouetted by the sun as he signs a cuban flag for a fan ahead of an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb., Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Cuba manager Victor Mesa is silhouetted by the sun as he signs a cuban flag for a fan ahead of an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb., Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

OMAHA, Nebraska — Texas Christian sophomore Brandon Finnegan limited Cuba to three hits in seven innings in Team USA’s 1-0 victory Saturday night, the Americans’ third straight one-run win in the first three games of the five-game exhibition series.

Finnegan struck out seven and walked one.

“Once we scored, the way I was pitching, if I just let the defense do their work, I knew we were going to win,” said Finnegan, 0-8 for Texas Christian last season despite a 3.18 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 79 1-3.

The Americans opened the series Thursday night with a 2-1 victory in 11 innings in Des Moines, Iowa, and won 3-2 in 10 innings Friday night in Omaha. Game 4 is Monday night in Cary, North Carolina, and the finale is Tuesday night in Durham, North Carolina

Cuban starter Norge Ruiz allowed three hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out 11 and walked two.

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