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Haarlem Baseball Week: Puerto Rico and USA Remain Top Two Teams

Haarlem Baseball Week: Puerto Rico and USA Remain Top Two Teams

HAARLEM, Netherlands – Puerto Rico stayed hot and improved to 4-0 in the tournament with a win over Japan. The USA stayed a game back by beating Chinese Taipei in a close game.

Japan 5, Puerto Rico 7

Puerto Rico stayed hot by coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat Japan and stay in the top spot with one more game to go before the playoff on the weekend.

Rawell Rivera picked up the win tossing 3 innings of relief giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. Rabell Rivera picked up the save. Luis Rivera led Puerto Rico at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double scoring a run and driving in two. Jaime Ortiz drove in a pair of runs.

Naoyuki Morizono took the loss pitching 2.2 innings of relief giving up 3 runs on 3 hits. Keisuke Mekaru went 2-for-4 with a double driving in a pair of runs for Japan.

Chinese Taipei 0, USA 2

Team USA got back in the win column with a shout out of Chinese Taipei. Adam Plutko started pitching 4 innings not allowing a hit. Michael Lorenzen pitched .2 innings of relief and earned the win.  David Berg pitched the 9th inning striking out a pair to earn his second save. The American pitching staff only allowed 2 hits while striking out 9 in a dominating effort.

Kyle Farmer and Johnny Field each drove in a run with a double in the bottom of the 8th inning putting the USA on top.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week Standings:
1. Puerto Rico 4-0
2. USA 3-1
3. Netherlands 2-1
4. Cuba 1-2
5. Japan 1-3
6. Chinese Taipei 0-4


Thursday July 19
Japan vs Cuba
USA vs The Netherlands

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
No. 3 vs No. 2

Saturday July 21
5th Place
No. 1 vs No 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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