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Haarlem Baseball Week: Cuba Routes Japan and USA Squeaks by Netherlands

Haarlem Baseball Week: Cuba Routes Japan and USA Squeaks by Netherlands

HAARLEM, Netherlands – For the second time in three days Japan gets routed. This time by Cuba. In game 2 of the day, the USA and Netherlands were locked in a pitchers battle.

Japan 1, Cuba 12

Cuba went up 4-0 after 2 innings and never looked back. Heading into the bottom of the 8th, Cuba was up 7-1, but scored 5 runs to end the game an inning early. Norberto Gonzalez picked up the win with 3 innings of scoreless relief. Motoki Higa took the loss for Japan tossing 4 innings allowing 5 runs (3 ER).

Yulieski Gourriel had a big day at the plate for Cuba going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and 3 RBI. Ariel Pestano had the big blow with a 2-run home run that ended the game. Pestano was 2-for-4. Jose Abreu added 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Yoshiki Eto homered for Japan knocking in the only run. Toru Hirai went 3-for-4 and was the only Japanese batter with more than 1 hit.

USA 1, Netherlands 0

The USA and Netherlands battled it out in a pitcher’s duel with the winner making a hold on the 2nd seed heading into the playoff round.

Carlos Rodon, a freshman from North Carolina State, pitched brilliantly going 7 shutout innings striking out 9 to pick up the win.  It was his second win of the tournament. Dan Child, a sophomore from Oregon State, picked up the save pitching the last 2 innings striking out 4 and not allowing a hit.

The USA scored a run in the 5th inning when with 1 out 2 straight hitters were hit by a pitch. The next batter walked. With the bases loaded, Michael Lorenzen was the 3rd batter to be hit by a pitch as the would be winning run scored.

The Dutch pitchers pitched great limiting the USA hitters to only 3 hits and 2 walks. However, Leon Boyd hit the 3 batters allowing the lone run to score taking the loss.

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

Schedule:

Friday July 20
Puerto Rico vs Chinese Taipei
Cuba vs. Netherlands

Saturday July 21
No. 2 vs No. 3
No. 1 vs No. 4

Sunday July 22
3rd Place
Final

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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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