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WPT: Defending Champion Chinese Taipei Gets in Win Column on Day Two; Dutch Down Cuba

WPT: Defending Champion Chinese Taipei Gets in Win Column on Day Two; Dutch Down Cuba

Day 2 of the 2013 World Port Tournament opened up with a close game between defending champ Chinese Taipei and Curacao and finished up with a game with host Netherlands and the #1 world ranked Cuba.

Chinese Taipei started off the tournament with a loss to the Netherlands, but they bounced back with a win over Curacao on day 2.

Curacao 2, Chinese Taipei 4

Chinese Taipei used a few bunt singles and a hit by pitch to take the lead in the seventh inning. The pitching did the rest. Chen Yu-hsun pitched the final two innings in relief to earn the save. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out four. Starter Sung Chia-hao didn’t last long pitching only 1.2 innings. He allowed a run on three hits. Chang Hsien-chih pitched well in relief giving up one run on one hit over 5.1 innings. He struggled a bit with control walking four but struck out six in the win.

Ruderly Manuel took the loss tossing six innings. He gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits as Curacao fell to 0-2.

Curacao managed only four hits in the game. Two of them came from Christefer Obispo who doubled and went 2-for-4 in the loss.

Hueng Chia-wei picked up a pair of hits going 2-for-4 and driving in a run. Chen Wei-chih also went 2-for-4 scoring a run. The only extra base hit from Chinese Taipei came in the form of a double from Wang Po-jung (1-for-4).

The win evens Chinese Taipei’s record at 1-1. They will have a day off on Tuesday and then face Curacao again on Wednesday afternoon.

Netherlands 7, Cuba 0

The second game of the day continued to drive home the point that the Dutch can play with anyone in the world as they dismantled the #1 team in the world Cuba for the third time this year (twice during the World Baseball Classic).

Rob Cordemans, who didn’t face Cuba in the WBC, pitched a complete game shutout. He gave up just five hits and struck out two in the win.

The game was much closer than the score might indicate. The Dutch scored five runs in the final two innings to put the game away.

Bas Nooij had a nice day at the plate. He got the scoring started in the fourth inning with a RBI single. He would add another RBI single in the eighth and a sacrifice fly in the ninth finishing the day 2-for-4 with three RBI. Dwayne Kemp doubled, scored a run, and drove in another going 3-for-5 on the day.

The win puts the Dutch in the lead early on, but each team still has four games to go.

2013 World Port Tournament Schedule:

Sunday June 30
Cuba 3, Curacao 0
Netherlands 7, Chinese Taipei 2

Monday July 1
Chinese Taipei 4, Curacao 2
Cuba 0, Netherlands 7

Tuesday July 2
19:30 Curacao vs Netherlands

Wednesday July 3
14:00 Curacao vs Chinese Taipei
19:30 Netherlands vs Cuba

Thursday July 4
19:30 Cuba vs Chinese Taipei

Friday July 5
14:00 Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
19:30 Netherlands vs Curacao

Saturday July 6
14:00 Curacao vs Cuba
19:30 Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 7
14:00 Championship Game

2013 World Port Tournament Standings

1. Netherlands 2-0
1. Cuba 1-1
3. Chinese Taipei 1-1
3. Curacao 0-2

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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