"Don't try to adjust to the umpire," Bob counseled Aron between innings. "Just throw."
"How come one guy gets a single, and then another guy gets a double down the line?" Aron asked.
"Aron, people have hit you before," Bob told him. "You've got a whole defense out there behind you—just throw the ball over the plate."
Irvine again failed to score, and Aron went to the mound for the bottom of the second. He would not have been surprised, in the middle of this bad dream, to see Freddy Krueger charging the mound with a razor-sharp bat. A Nightmare in Williamsport: Inning Two.
Pang walked. Shih singled. Wang singled. Fu singled, Pang scored. Shih scored on Jones's passed ball, Wang scored on Jones's throwing error. Chu singled. Kuo was safe on Loc Tran's error. Lin grounded out to the pitcher. Cheng singled, Fu scored. Feng singled, Chu scored. Pang homered to right, Lin, Cheng, Feng and Pang scored. Garcia wept. Shih lined out to left. Wang lined out to right. Taiwan 14, U.S.A. 0.
"It's raining runs," Palmer said.
"I've got to get you out of there," Bob told his pitcher.
"O.K., O.K. Gut it out, then. Just play catch."
Bob would be ripped by the Los Angeles Times for letting his son take such punishment, but Irvine's manager had few options. He had three pitchers—Aron, Greinke and Jones—and had used Greinke and Jones in the semifinal. Little League rules prohibit consecutive-game appearances by pitchers in tournament play.