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2011 Baseball World Cup – USA 7, Japan 3


PANAMA – The USA continued its winning ways with a 7-3 victory over Japan on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 2,500.

U.S.A…………… 020 021 110 – 7 14 0

JAPAN…………… 000 210 000 – 3 7 0

The USA jumped out on top 2-0 after 2 innings and stayed in control of the game the rest of the way. James Gosewisch (2-for-4) got the Americans on the board in the 2nd with a 2-out 2-run double.

Japan came back to tie the game in the 4th on a sacrifice fly by Toshiyuki Hayashi (1-for-3) and a Yuichi Tabata (0-for-4) ground out, but it didn’t take long for the US to regain the lead.

In the 5th, the USA went up by 2 again. Jordy Mercer began the rally with a 1-out walk. Jackson followed him with a single through the right side to put runners on the corners. After Andrew Garcia (1-for-4) walked to load the bases, Joe Thurston (1-for-4) came up big with a 2-run single through the right side to put the USA up 4-2. They would leave the bases loaded but would never relinquish the lead again.

Jeffrey Marquez pitched 6 good innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 2 to pick up the win. The USA bullpen shut down the Japanese bats the rest of the way. Justin Cassell, Peter Andrelczyk, and Scott Patterson all came into pitch a scoreless inning to push the American record to 2-1 for the World Cup.

On the other side of the ball, Jackson went 2-for-4 from the lead off spot for the Americans scoring a run. Jordan Danks and Jordy Mercer both went 2-for-4 scoring a pair of runs and driving in 1.

The USA will turn around and play Greece at 2pm on Thursday afternoon.

Japan will play Panama at 7:30 on Thursday to try and figure out a way to get their first victory of the World Cup.

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Panama – 2011 Baseball World Cup Day 4 Results and Standings


 

PANAMA – Canada continued to roll with a 12-2 route of Greece. The Dominican Republic rolled as well with a 13-2 victory over Germany on Day 4 of the 2011 Baseball World Cup. Four teams remain undefeated with Canada, The Netherlands, Panama, and Cuba all improving to 3-0.

Greece 2, Canada 12
Germany 2, Dominican Republic 13
Japan 2, Netherlands 5
Italy 6, Nicaragua 3
Panama 4, Puerto Rico 2
Chinese Taipei 1, USA 15
South Korea 8, Australia 0
Cuba 14, Venezuela 2

Only 1 games is slated for Wednesday as the USA and Japan will play a make up game after their match was rained out on Sunday.

Everyone is back in the swing of things on Thursday with a few good games including Venezuela taking on the Dominican Republic and Germany/Italy squaring off. South Korea will also try to hand Cuba its first loss of the tournament.

2011 Baseball World Cup Schedule:

Wednesday 5pm Japan vs USA

Thursday 2pm Netherlands vs Puerto Rico
Thursday 2pm USA vs Greece
Thursday 2pm Nicaragua vs Australia
Thursday 2pm Venezuela vs Dominican Republic
Thursday 7:30pm Japan vs Panama
Thursday 7:30pm Canada vs Chinese Taipei
Thursday 7:30pm Italy vs Germany
Thursday 7:30pm Cuba vs South Korea

2011 Baseball World Cup Standings:
Group 1:
1. Canada 3-0
2. Netherlands 3-0
3. Panama 3-0
4. Puerto Rico 1-2
5. USA 1-1
6. Chinese Taipei 0-3
7. Greece 0-3
8. Japan 0-2

Group 2:
1. Cuba 3-0
2. Venezuela 2-1
3. South Korea 2-1
4. Italy 2-1
5. Dominican Republic 2-1
6. Nicaragua 1-2
7. Australia 0-3
8. Germany 0-3

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2011 Baseball World Cup – USA vs Chinese Taipei


PANAMA – The USA bounced back after a disappointed 10 inning defeat to Puerto Rico to down Chinese Taipei 15-1 in a 7 inning match on Tuesday in front of  a crowd of 1700.

U.S.A………………… 001 724 1 – 15 12 0 (1-1)
CHINESE TAIPEI…… 001 000 0 – 1 6 3 (0-3)

The game was close for 3 innings with the score tied at 1, then the USA blew the game open with a 7 run 4th inning. Tacking on 6 more runs over the 5th and 6th really put the game out of reach. The USA used the long ball hitting 4 in the game off of Chinese Taipei pitching.

Matt Clark and Jordy Mercer were both 3-for-3 with 3 RBI, 3 runs scored, and a home run. Thomas Mendonca chipped in 2 RBI and a round tripper, while Allen Pollack drove in 3 as well with a home run.

Andy Van Hekken went 6 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits to pick up the win. Kuan Ju Chen didn’t fair as well going only 3.2 innings giving up 5 runs to take the loss.

The win pushes the US record to 1-1 while dropping the Chinese Taipei to 0-3.

Next up for the USA is Japan on Wednesday to make up for the rained out game on Sunday.

Chinese Taipei will look for their first win against Canada on Thursday.

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2011 Baseball World Cup – Italy vs Nicaragua


PANAMA – Italy improved to 2-1 with a 6-3 victory over Nicaragua in front of 250 fans on Tuesday to improve 2-1.

NICARAGUA……….. 000 300 000 – 3 9 0 (1-2)
ITALY……………….. 212 001 00X – 6 11 1 (2-1)

Italy jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 3 innings and never looked back. Italian starter Cody Cillo lasted only 3.2 innings giving up 3 runs, 0 earned, giving up 4 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 3. Cillo threw 80 pitches in the 3+ innings. Alessandro Maestri provided 3.1 innings of solid relief to earn the win for Italy giving up only 3 hits along the way. Yovani D’Amico picked up the save.

Juan Carlos Infante set the table for Italy going 2-for-5 and scoring a run from the lead off spot. Shortstop Anthony Granato chipped in with a 3-for-5 day including the days only home run driving in 2 runs and scoring 2. First baseman Giuseppe Mazzanti was a homer shy of the cycle going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI.

Elvin Antonio Orozco lasted only 1.2 innings in the start for Nicaragua giving up 3 runs on 4 hits to take the loss. Nicaragua went through 5 relievers. Jose Guido went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI in the loss as Nicaragua dropped to 1-2.

Nicaragua will take on Australia on Thursday.

Italy will take on Germany on Thursday night in the battle of Europe.

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2011 Baseball World Cup Japan vs. Netherlands


PANAMA – The Netherlands improved to 3-0 with a 5-2 victory over Japan in the 2011 Baseball World Cup in front of 1200 spectators Tuesday afternoon.

NETHERLANDS……… 000 400 001 – 5 6 0
JAPAN…………………. 001 000 100 – 2 8 3

Japan jumped out to an early lead in the 3rd inning on a Yuichi Tabata (1-for-4) double scoring Yoshinobu Kotegawa (2-for-3) who had doubled the at bat before.

But the lead didn’t last long as The Netherlands stormed back with 4 runs of their own in the top of the 4th inning. It all started with a Sharlon Schoop (1-for-5) double to right. Bryan Engelhardt (2-for-5) then singled and both runners advanced on a throwing error by the pitcher who was trying to pick off Engelhardt at first base. After a walk and a fielder’s choice the bases were loaded for Shaldimar Daantji (1-for-2) who cleared them with a ringing double to left.

In the end that is all The Netherlands would need as they cruised to a 5-2 victory. Robbie Cordemans pitched 6 strong innings allowing only 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 2 to pick up the win. Engelhardt was the only Dutch hitter with more than 1 hit.

Masamitsu Hamano lasted only 3.1 innings for Japan giving up 3 runs, 1 earned, on 3 hits and 3 walks. The Japanese threw Johnnie Allstaff going with 6 pitchers out of the bullpen. Kotegawa was the only Japanese hitter with more than 1 hit.

The Netherlands improve to 3-0 while Japan drops to 0-2 for the tournament.

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Panama: 2011 Baseball World Cup Results


PANAMA – The 2011 Baseball World Cup is underway in Panama and already there have been some exciting games and upsets.

Panama 8, Greece 3

Panama opened the tournament off with a win against Greece on Saturday October 1.  Greece started off with a bang scoring 3 runs in the 2nd inning, but Panama came right back in the bottom half of the inning scoring 3 runs to tie the game. Panama put the game away in the 6th with 4 runs.

The first full day of action consisted of 7 games, although one was rained out.

Puerto Rico 1, Canada 9
Netherlands 2, Chinese Taipei 1
Australia 0, Cuba 14
Germany 4, Nicaragua 5
Japan v USA (Rained Out)
Venezuela 5, South Korea 4
Dominican Republic 7, Italy 0

Day 2 saw some more interesting action with Canada defeating Japan and South Korea downed Germany in extra innings.

Canada 3, Japan 1
Netherlands 10, Greece 0
Cuba 3, Dominican Republic 0
Italy 7, Australia 0
USA 4, Puerto Rico 8
Chinese Taipei 8, Panama 14
South Korea 6, Germany 5
Nicaragua 2, Venezuela 5

Cuba leads Group 2 with a 3-0 record followed by Venezuela, South Korea, Italy, Dominican Republic all with 2-1 records.

Canada, Netherlands, and Panama all lead Group 1 with a 3-0 record.

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Cuba Wins Baseball World Cup Friendly


CUBA – The Cuban National Team completed an impressive five-game sweep over Puerto Rico Tuesday night with a lopsided 13-0 victory at Latin American Stadium in Havana. The Cubans outscored the visitors 39 to 10 and limited Puerto Rican hitters to a run or less in four of the Baseball World Cup tune-up contests.

Cuba used a five-run fifth inning highlighted by a mammoth home run by outfielder Alfredo Despaigne to claim a 5-1 win in the series opener. Norberto Gonzalez and Yadier Pedroso both tallied three strikeouts apiece in stellar one-inning relief appearances.

Skipper Alfonso Urquiola’s lineup of reserve players earned a 4-1 decision in the second encounter before the two sides put on a 10-7 slugfest in Game 3 with Cuba pounding out 16 hits, including three two-baggers and four long balls.

The Big Red Machine drilled two more home runs in Game 4 as Danier Hinojosa threw four frames of one-run ball, and finished off the sweep with a 13-0 blowout victory in the series finale.

SERIES-AT-A-GLANCE
Game 1: Cuba 5, Puerto Rico 1
Game 2: Cuba 4, Puerto Rico 1
Game 3: Cuba 10, Puerto Rico 7
Game 4: Cuba 7, Puerto Rico 1
Game 5: Cuba 13, Puerto Rico 0

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Japan: 2011 Baseball World Cup Roster


JAPAN – The Baseball Federation of Japan (BFJ) has announced a 24-man roster for the upcoming 2011 Baseball World Cup slated for Oct. 1-15 in Panama. The United States are the reigning champion at the IBAF’s main tournament.

Japan’s squad of industrial league standouts finished 10th out of 22 teams at the 2009 Baseball World Cup held in eight European cities. Former Mitsubishi HI Nagasaki manager Hirotami Kojima will be calling the shots for the youthful Japanese side.

2011 JAPAN NATIONAL TEAM:

CATCHERS:
Shigeki Nakano, JR Kyushu; Takahito Matsuda, Tokyo Gas.

INFIELDERS:
Ryoichi Adachi, Toshiba; Yohei Kawato, Honda; Kanichi Matoba, Toyota; Takato Kobayashi, Mitsubishi Okazaki; Yuichi Tabata, Honda; Kenichi Yokoyama, Mitsubishi Juko Kobe; Mayo Sakagami, Mitsubishi Juko Yokohama.

OUTFIELDERS:
Takayoshi Kawabata, JR Higashi Nihon; Yoshinobu Kotegawa, Honda; Keiji Ikebe, JX-ENEOS; Mitsugu Kitamichi, NTT Higashi Nihon; Toshiyuki Hayashi, Fuji Juko.

PITCHERS:
Naobumi Mitsuhashi, JFE Higashi Nihon; Atsushi Tanaka, Panasonic; Koichi Kotaka, Saginomiya Seisakusho; Takashi Fujita, Toshiba; Masamitsu Hamano, JR Kyushu; Hirofumi Yamanaka, Honda Kumamoto; Yuichiro Utagawa, Mitsubishi Okazaki; Ken Togame, JR Higashi Nihon; Tomoyuki Kaida, Nihon Seimei; Hiroya Kawamitsu, Kyushu Kyoritsu Univeristy.

COACHING STAFF:
Hirotami Kojima (Head Coach), Kazutoyo Hayase, Masafumi Nishi and Shoichi Nakajima.

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2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup 1st Round Games Announced


Host Panama opens tournament with game against Greece on October 1st. Defending champion USA takes on Japan one day later.

Panama City, Panama - The International Baseball Federation and the Local Organizing Committee of the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup have announced the match ups for the first round of the tournament. The 1st game will be played on October 1st, with the remainder of the first round of games to be played October 2nd across Panama.

Panama, the host team will open the tournament against Greece, a qualifier from the 2010 European Championship and participant of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The opening game will be held in Rod Carew Stadium, Panama City.

Pool A will also see Canada take on Puerto Rico, The USA take on Japan and Chinese Taipei match-up with the Netherlands.

Pool B will see Cuba battle Australia, a match-up of the 2004 Athens Olympic final, Korea Vs Venezuela, Nicaragua Vs Germany and finally Italy, the 2010 European Champion Vs the Dominican Republic the 2010 Americas Champion.

Tournament coverage will be available through www.ibaf.org and it is expected the full schedule will be announced in the coming days.

Group 1 Schedule:

Saturday October 1:
Greece vs Panama

Sunday October 2:
Canada vs Puerto Rico
USA vs Japan
Taiwan vs Netherlands

Monday October 3:
Japan vs Canada
Puerto Rico vs USA
Greece vs Netherlands
Panama vs Taiwan

Tusday October 4:
Netherlands vs Japan
Puerto Rico vs Panama
Canada vs Greece
USA vs Taiwan

Thursday October 6:
Puerto Rico vs Netherlands
Panama vs Japan
USA vs Greece
Taiwan vs Canada

Friday October 7:
Japan vs Taiwan
Panama vs Canada
Greece vs Puerto Rico
Netherlands vs USA

Saturday October 8:
Canada vs Netherlands
USA vs Panama
Taiwan vs Greece
Japan vs Puerto Rico

Sunday October 9:
Canada vs USA
Netherlands vs Panama
Japan vs Greece
Puerto Rico vs Taiwan

Group 2 Schedule:

Sunday October 2:
Cuba vs Australia
South Korea vs Venezuela
Nicaragua vs Germany
Italy vs Dominican Republic

Monday October 3:
Germany vs South Korea
Dominican Republic vs Cuba
Italy vs Australia
Venezuela vs Nicaragua

Tuesday October 4:
Australia vs South Korea
Nicaragua vs Italy
Dominican Republic vs Germany
Cuba vs Venezuela

Thursday October 6:
Australia vs Nicaragua
Germany vs Italy
South Korea vs Cuba
Dominican Republic vs Venezuela

Friday October 7:
Venezuela vs Germany
Cuba vs Italy
Nicaragua vs South Korea
Australia vs Dominican Republic

Saturday October 8:
Italy vs South Korea
Venezuela vs Australia
Germany vs Cuba
Dominican Republic vs Nicaragua

Sunday October 9:
Germany vs Australia
South Korea vs Dominican Republic
Italy vs Venezuela
Cuba vs Nicaragua

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2011 World Cup Groupings Announced


PANAMA – The IBAF and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 39th edition of the IBAF Baseball World Cup announced Friday the groupings for the first round of the international baseball tournament. The 16 team competition will be held from October 2-15 in Panama (Panama city, Aguadulce City, Chitre City and Santiago City).

The reigning World Cup champion United States are paired in Group 1 with two-time World Baseball Classic titleholder Japan, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Canada, Greece, Puerto Rico, Panama and the Netherlands.

International baseball powerhouse Cuba is joined in Group 2 with reigning Olympic gold medalist Korea, Australia, Venezuela, Italy, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Germany.

The official ball of the tournament will be provided by the Mizuno company.

Source: International Baseball Federation (IBAF)

www.ibaf.org

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Panama to host 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup


Havana, Cuba - The Executive Committee of the IBAF today awarded the hosting rights of the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup to Panama. The event rights were also contested by baseball powerhouse Venezuela, however the executive committee gave Panama the opportunity after careful deliberation and finally a vote of the committee. Panama’s Ruben Cardenas, General Director of the Sports Ministry led the presentation to the IBAF Executive Committee.

The event is slated to include 16 competing teams and will be held in the last week of September and the first week of October.

Panama City will be the primary city for the event, and also the host of Pool A, while Aguadulce, Cocle; Santiago, Veragues; and Chitre, Herrera will play host to Pool B.

“Panama’s bid looks very promising for the event, and there is no doubt they will be an excellent host and provide a memorable experience for the 2011 edition of the IBAF Baseball World Cup,” stated IBAF President, Riccardo Fraccari from Havana.

A full review of the executive will be available on IBAF.org in the coming days.

Courtesy IBAF.org

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USA Baseball World Cup Team Wins USOC Award


UNITED STATES – The U.S. Olympic Committee recently announced that the USA World Cup Baseball Team as the September Team of the Month.

Nearly 1,500 votes were cast by followers of the USOC’s Twitter site (@USOlympic). The Twitter votes account for ten percent of the final tally, with a voting panel of U.S. Olympic family members comprising the remainder.

USA Baseball’s Professional Team was named USOC Team of the Month after winning the IBAF World Cup for the fourth time. Team USA defeated Cuba 10-5 in the final in Nettuno, Italy on Sept. 27.

Comprised of the best minor league players, the team outscored opponents 118-42 and reeled off 14 consecutive victories after dropping the World Cup opener to Venezuela.

Team USA was led by Texas Rangers top prospect Justin Smoak (Goose Creak S.C.). The slugging first baseman, who was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, finished the World Cup with nine home runs and 22 RBIs.

Team Voting Results:

1. USA World Cup Team, Baseball
2. U.S. Women’s National Team, Hockey
3. Junior Pan American Team, Diving

For more information, please contact the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4529.

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Baseball World Cup Draws Record TV Audience


SWITZERLAND – The 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup finals showdown between the United States and Cuba was broadcast on the MLB Network in the United States, Eurosport2 across Europe, ICRT in Cuba, RAI Sport in Italy and on tape delay on ESPN STAR Asia. Thus, making it the most widely broadcast final in the World Cup’s 71 year history.

• FUTURE STARS ALIGN

Over 120 players from 17 countries under contract with Major League teams participated in the three weeks of the World Cup, the largest professional international tournament in the history of the sport. Also there were 25 players with Major League experience who participated in this year’s World Cup. Both the numbers of prospects and veterans were records for the event.

• RECORD BREAKERS

This year’s World Cup saw several record-setting performers:

– Cuba’s Alfredo Despaigne set the World Cup record with 11 home runs.
– The USA’s Chris Smoak set the USA World Cup record with nine home runs.
– Cuban pitcher Miguel Gonzalez struck out ten consecutive batters against Puerto Rico in his first start (13 overall in 6 1/3 innings), one short of the World Cup mark.
– Australia pitcher and Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect David Welch set an Australian record with 13 strikeouts in just seven innings Tuesday against Chinese Taipei.
– USA pitcher and California Angels prospect Trevor Reckling, had 11 K’s against China, tying the team mark of pitcher Burt Hooten, who fanned 11 consecutive batters in 1970.
– USA infielder and Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez set a team mark by hitting three home runs in a win over Chinese Taipei

• MINNESOTA TWINS

Many of the MLB organization-high 14 players under contract to the Minnesota Twins played prominent roles in the World Cup. They included Puerto Rico’s Nelvin Fuentes (1.42 ERA), the USA’s Trevor Plouffe (.287 3 HR 7 RBI), leading Canadian hitter Rene Tosoni (.357 3 HR 16 RBI), the Netherlands top pitcher Tom Stuifbergan (1.80 ERA) , leading Australia hitter Luke Hughes (.286 4 HR 12 RBI), and pitchers Liam Hendriks (2.57 ERA) and Matthew Williams (2-0). The Twins had 23 total players who originally signed with or currently under contract with the Twins, play in the World Cup.

• NEW YORK METS

Besides the Twins prospects in the World Cup, the New York Mets organization was represented by 13 players, eight current and five former players…Canadian infielder Shawn Bowman was selected to the All-World Cup team (.275 3 HR, 15 RBI), while Team USA first baseman Ike Davis, the club’s 2008 first round pick and organization Player of the Year in 2009, hit .308 with 2 HR and 4 RBI. Canada’s Jonathan Malo hit .263, while Aussie infielder Stefan Welch hit .259 with 3 HR 11 RBI. Puerto Rico’s roster had five former Mets players not currently signed to an MLB team, including Jose Santiago, Raul Casanova, Luis Matos, Jose Valentin and Juan Padilla. Valentin led the team with 10 RBI.

• PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Australia’s Tim Kennelly and Joel Naughton, two Phillies Prospects, were key in the Aussie’s best-ever finish. Kennelly hit for average (.273) and power (three home runs, nine RBI), while Naughton (.464, eight RBI) was key as well. USA’s All-World Cup pick Terry Tiffee (.357 4 HR 20 RBI), who spent the season with Lehigh Valley, also had a solid tournament.

• PITTSBURGH PIRATES

A group of Pittsburgh Pirates prospects also made an impact in the World Cup, including USA’s Pedro Alvarez, a New York native who set the record with three home runs in one game (3), and pitcher Brad Lincoln, who went 2-0 in four appearances with a 2.70 ERA. Australia’s Christopher Snelling, who spent the season at AAA Indianapolis, also hit .240 as a key starter in their best-ever finish. There are also six current Pittsburgh Pirates who helped USA win the Gold in 2007.

• D-BACKS SIGN FIRST EUROPEAN PROSPECT

The Arizona Diamondbacks last week signed pitcher Andrea Pizziconi of Italy, their first ever European player signing. Pizziconi is the cousin of Cincinnati Reds prospect Matteo Pizziconi, who went 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA for the Reds Rookie League team this past summer

• MLB INTERNATIONAL OPENS CHINA ACADEMY

Another example of baseball’s growing global footprint was announced last week, as Major League Baseball International announced the opening of a baseball development center in Wuxi , China. The new academy will provide professional baseball training for middle school and high school-aged students within an academic setting. This is the latest and boldest step in the development of baseball in China. An initiative which began in 2001 continued through the Beijing Olympics and will grow into the future.

• RANKINGS UP NEXT

Following the World Cup, the new country-by-country rankings will be announced in the next week.

Source: International Baseball Federation (IBAF)

Photo courtesy of Marco Vasini, IBAF – FIBS

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USA Wins Baseball World Cup Title


ITALY – The United States erupted for six seven-inning runs to break open a close game and capture its second consecutive Baseball World Cup title on Sunday with a 10-5 victory against Cuba.

Team USA (14-1) finished the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) tournament on a 14-game winning streak, including a pair of wins over Cuba.

Terry Tiffee sparked a three-run second for the Americans with a one-out hit. Josh Kroeger reached on a fielding miscue by Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera, and Lucas May followed with a three-run shot.

Cuba (12-3) closed the gap to one run on RBIs by Yulieski Gourriel and Ariel Pestano in the fourth, but a solo homer by Kansas City Royals farmhand Tug Hulett an inning later gave skipper Eddie Rodriquez’ squad a 4-2 lead.

A two-run bomb by first baseman Ariel Borrero in the sixth knotted the heavyweight matchup between the two baseball powers. But Team USA – a mix of Double-A and Triple-A prospects – took control of the gold medal contest the following inning.

Cuban starter Norge Vera opened the frame with two quick outsTeam USA Wins World Cup Gold before walking Hulett. Buck Coats chased the ace pitcher with a two-base hit, and then a costly error by Borrero opened the flood gates. Smoak connected for the first of five consecutive RBI singles to give the Americans a commanding 10-4 lead.

Alfredo Despaigne slugged his record-setting 11th home run of the tournament in the eighth, and hit a deep shot to left field with the bases loaded in the ninth that fell short for the last out of the game.

Brad Lincoln (3-0) replaced U.S. starter Cory Luebke and worked 4 1-3 relief innings to notch the win. The right-hander allowed one walk and six hits while fanning two.

Nate Field picked up the one-out save for the Americans.

Cuban starter Norge Vera (3-1), who struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings, was pinned with the loss after giving up four hits and six runs.

FINAL WORLD CUP RANKINGS

1. USA
2. Cuba
3. Canada
4. Puerto Rico
5. Australia
6. Netherlands
7. Venezuela
8. Taiwan
9. South Korea
10.Japan
11.Mexico
12.Spain
13.Nicaragua
14.Italy
15.Great Britain
16.Netherlands Antilles
17.Germany
18.Croatia
19.Sweden
20.Czech Republic
21.South Africa
22.China

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Justin Smoak Named Baseball World Cup MVP


ITALY – Team USA first baseman Justin Smoak (pictured) was named the Most Valuable Player at this year’s IBAF Baseball World Cup. The U.S. defeated Cuba 10-5 in Sunday’s championship game to win back-to-back World Cup titles.

Smoak, regarded as the top prospect in the Texas Rangers’ talent-laden minor league system, played a key role for an American squad that reeled off 14 consecutive wins after a tournament-opening loss to Venezuela. The sweet-swinging power hitter jacked nine home runs and tallied 22 RBIs while scoring 16 runs.

Cuba placed four players on the All-Star team, including outfielder Alfredo Despaigne who smacked a record-breaking 11 homers in 15 games. Other Big Red Machine players earning recognition were second baseman Hector Olivera, outfielder Jose Abreu, and pitcher Norge Vera.

Team USA had three All-Stars – Smoak, outfielder Jon Weber and designated hitter Terry Tiffee – while both Canada (infielder Shawn Bowman, reliever Trystan Magnuson) and the Netherlands (catcher Sidney de Jong and infielder Hainley Statia) had two representatives on the All-Tournament team.

2009 WORLD CUP AWARDS:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Justin Smoak (USA)

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Angel Sanchez (Puerto Rico)

BEST HITTER
Paco Figueroa (Spain)

MOST HOME RUNS
Alfredo Despaigne (Cuba)

MOST RBIs
Rene Reyes (Venezuela)

MOST RUNS SCORED
Rene Tosoni (Canada)

BEST PITCHER
Matt Kniginyzky (Canada)

MOST WINS
Todd Redmond (USA)

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Baseball World Cup Final: USA vs Cuba


ITALY – The United States of America and Cuba will meet in an International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Baseball World Cup final for the second time in a row, Sunday, at 15:00 (9:00 am EDT) in Nettuno, Italy. The U.S. enters the game at 7-0; 13-1), and Cuba, 5-2; 12-2) in third round play. The USA’s only loss was their first game, 13-9 in 11 innings to Venezuela on Sept. 10. Cuba has lost to Puerto Rico 5-2 on Sept. 18, and to the USA 5-3 on Thursday.

The game will be seen on the MLB Network in the United States, Eurosport2 across Europe, ICRT in Cuba, RAI Sport in Italy and on tape delay on ESPN STAR Asia, making it the most widely-broadcast final since World Cup play began in 1938.

The final game will be a rematch of the 2007 IBAF Baseball World Cup, held in Chinese Taipei. The United States won that match-up, 6-3, ending Cuba’s run of nine-straight World Cup titles. Although the USA has seen the most recent success in the event, Cuba has historically dominated World Cup play.

The current No. 1 in the world, Cuba has won a staggering 25 titles out of the 29 World Cups in which it has competed. Of the 25 wins, three of them have come in World Cups held in Italy (1978, 1988, 1998), and in the four tournaments it has not placed first, it has never finished outside of the top-3.

Team USA – current world No. 4 – will make its 12th appearance in a World Cup gold medal game, the USA is looking to take back-to-back titles for only the second time ever, the last time being in 1973-’74. The U.S. has won the World Cup three times in 1973, 1974 and 2007. Overall, this will be the seventh time Cuba and the USA have played for World Cup gold, with Cuba holding a 6-1 lead. The last time two nations met in consecutive World Cup Finals was in 1994 and 1998, with Cuba defeating Korea both times to win the gold.

They met for the gold medal twice before in Italy, in both 1978 and 1988. Sunday’s final will take place in Nettuno, which is referred to throughout Italy as the country’s foremost baseball town. Stadio “Steno Borghese” will play host to the two world baseball powers, providing a dramatic backdrop for the IBAF’s crown jewel event.

Both Cuba and the United States have seen balanced offensive and pitching performances throughout the World Cup, but it is hard to ignore the prolific power numbers put up thus far by Cuba’s Alfredo Despaigne and the USA’s Justin Smoak.

Despaigne homered on Friday to break the Cuban and World Cup record for home runs in one event, with 10. Not to be outdone, Smoak, a Texas Rangers (MLB) prospect, already holds the U.S. Record in this World Cup with nine home runs. His 21 RBIs also lead the club.

Cuba continues to dominate in the pitching categories as well, leading all nations with a 1.70 ERA. It has three pitchers now at 3-0, Norge Vera, Miguel and Yulieski Gonzalez, while reliever Pedro Lazo has three saves and has yet to allow a run.

On the U.S. side, Terry Tiffee (.353 4 HR 19 RBI) sits two RBIs behind Smoak for the team lead, while Jon Weber leads the team in hitting (.435 3 HR 12 RBI). The U.S. pitching staff, which has been key in the squad’s current 13-game winning streak, boasts a 1.93 ERA and is led by 3-0 Lucas Harrell (no runs allowed in 10 innings in relief) and a five-man starting rotation which has allowed a total of 12 earned runs in 83 innings.

Photo courtesy of Marco Vasini, IBAF/Fibs

Source: International Baseball Federation (IBAF)

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Canada Claims Bronze At Baseball World Cup


ITALY – Trystan Magnuson picked up his fourth win of the tournament and Jimmy van Ostrand homered as Canada beat Puerto Rico 6-2 Saturday to capture the bronze medal at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup.

Canada ended the tournament with a 12-3 record, while Puerto Rico finished with a 10-5 card.

The Canadians chased Puerto Rican starter Melvin Pizarro in the opening frame. Adam Stern led off the game with a groundball single through the right side, and Rene Tosoni reached on a walk before Shawn Bowman cracked an RBI double to send the Caribbean hurler to a quick exit.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Sunday, September 27
Team USA (13-1) VS Cuba (12-2)

Reliever Miguel Mejia fared just slightly better. van Ostrand plated the second run with a sacrifice fly, and Tim Smith followed with an RBI single up the middle to give the Maple Leafs a 3-0 lead.

A two-run blast by Jose Valentin in the second closed the gap to 3-2, and the score remained unchanged until the eighth. Canada added an insurance run on Jonathan Malo’s run-scoring triple, and van Ostrand capped the victory with a two-run drive in the ninth.

Magnuson (4-0) worked another pair of scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts to notch the win.

AUSTRALIA BEATS DUTCH FOR FIFTH PLACE

Stefan Welch drilled a late solo home run and Australia dealt the Netherlands their fourth loss in a row with a 4-1 win Saturday in Messina to claim fifth-place at this year’s Baseball World Cup.

Luke Hughes put the Aussies ahead in the opening frame with a run-scoring base hit, but the Dutch pulled even in the third on Hainley Statia’s RBI single.

Australia plated two scores in the seventh and Welch sealed the victory an inning later with his second long ball in as many days.

David Welch (1-0) worked six innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts to get the win.

VENEZUELA TOPS TAIWAN FOR SEVENTH PLACE

Venezuela climbed out of an 0-2 hole with six late runs to beat Taiwan 6-3 Saturday in Firenze and finish the Baseball World Cup in seventh-place.

Taiwan took a 1-0 lead in the third on a run-scoring single by Tai-Yung Kuo, and added another score in the fifth on Kun-Sheng Lin’s RBI hit. But the South Americans pulled even in the sixth on a two-run single off the bat of shortstop Dirimo Chavez.

Venezuela tasted the lead for the first time the following inning on an RBI sacrifice fly by Jonathan Sivira, and cleanup hitter Rene Reyes finished off the victory with a two-run single in the eighth.

Johan Lopez (1-0) notched the win out of the bullpen, while Yu-Ching Lin (3-1) suffered his first loss of the tournament.

Photo courtesy of Marco Vasini, IBAF/Fibs

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USA, Cuba Fight For Baseball World Cup Gold


ITALY – Kasey Kiker (pictured) tossed one-hit ball over six innings and Team USA rolled into the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup championship game with an 8-2 win against the Netherlands Friday in Nettuno. The Americans will battle Cuba in Sunday’s gold medal clash.

Riding a tournament-best 12-game winning streak, Ike Davis (Mets) put Team USA out front in the second with a solo drive off former Toronto Blue Jays prospect Diegomar Markwell. The Dutch loaded the sacks the following inning, but came away empty.

Eugene Kingsale reached on an error with one out, and Kiker missed on a 3-2 pitch to Yurendell DeCaster to put another runner on the base paths. Randall Simon hit an infield fly for the second out before Sidney de Jong fouled off three full-count pitches before earning the free pass. But the Texas Rangers southpaw, who is especially tough on left-handed hitters, retired Curt Smith on a flyout to end the frame.

UPCOMING WORLD CUP GAMES:

Saturday, September 26
7th Place: Venezuela vs Taiwan (Firenze)
5th Place: Netherlands vs Australia (Messina)
3rd Place: Puerto Rico vs Canada (Grosseto)

Sunday, September 27
1st Place: Cuba vs USA (Nettuno)

The United States (7-0;13-1) put together a two-out rally in the fourth when Markwell sandwiched an infield hit between a pair of walks to load the bases. However, the left-handed ace of the Dutch League champion DOOR Neptunus escaped the jam when Tug Hulett (Royals) grounded out to first base.

The Americans would not be denied in the sixth blowing open a tight contest with a six-run outburst. Buck Coats and Justin Smoak both stroked two-run hits, while Jon Weber added an RBI single to give skipper Eddie Rodriguez’ squad a 7-0 lead.

The Dutch tagged reliever Geno Espineli for a pair of scores in the seventh. Danny Rombley singled with one out, and raced home on a double by Hainley Statia. DeCaster drilled a run-scoring base hit later in the inning to make the score 7-2.

Hulett led off the eight with a triple off David Bergman, and Coats lifted a flyout to deep right to help Team USA sew up their 13th consecutive win at this year;s World Cup.

Kiker (1-0) fanned six in a terrific outing to claim the win, while Markwell (1-1) was charged with the loss.

CUBA 5 – CANADA 1

Alfredo Despaigne smashed his tournament-leading 10th home run and Yulieski Gonzalez punched out 10 batters as Cuba beat Canada 5-1 Friday to clinch a berth in Sunday’s championship game against the United States.

Despaigne homered in the second to put the Big Red Machine ahead, but Adam Stern went yard in the fifth to pull the Canadians even. Then the Cubans went to work in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-1 lead.

Hector Olivera stepped to the plate with the sacks full and delivered a two-run single, and Leonys Martin scored later on a wild pitch. Olivera added another RBI hit in the seventh to finish off the key victory.

Gonzalez (3-0) turned in another stellar outing for Cuba. The left-hander allowed just one run and two hits in eight strong innings to shut down Canada’s lineup of dangerous hitters.

PUERTO RICO 4 – AUSTRALIA 2

Carlos Rivera belted a game-winning grand slam and Orlando Roman tossed 5 2/3 shutout relief innings to lead Puerto Rico past Australia Friday and advance to the bronze medal game Saturday against Canada.

The Aussies tagged Puerto Rican starter Alexander Woodson with back-to-back homers in the second by Stefan Welch and Tim Kennelly to take a brief 2-0 advantage. But the Caribbean team took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning when Rivera clubbed a pitch from Australian starter Drew Naylor over the right field fence with the bases load.

Roman (1-1) racked up eight strikeouts while limiting the Australians to one hit and a pair of walks to pick up the win.

VENEZUELA 6 – CHINESE TAIPEI 4

Wuilliams Vazquez smacked a three-run home run and Junior Guerra pitched five solid innings to lead Venezuela past Taiwan Friday in Grosseto. The two squads will meet again on Saturday in the seventh-place game in Firenze.

Po-Yu Lo gave the Asian squad a quick lead with a solo dinger in the opening frame. But a run-scoring hit by Rene Reyes knotted the score in the bottom of the same inning. Vasquez broke the deadlock with a long ball and Venezuela cruised to their second win of the final round.

Guerra (2-2) scattered a run on five hits to earn the win, while Chih-Lung Huang (1-2) was pinned with the setback after surrendering six runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

FINAL POOL F STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 05 02
P.Rico 04 03
Dutch 03 04
Venezuela 02 05

FINAL ROUND SCOREBOARD:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Cuba 2 – Australia 1
Canada 3 – Puerto Rico 0
United States 6 – Venezuela 3
Netherlands 11 – Chinese Taipei 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Canada 9 – Venezuela 2
Australia 5 – Netherlands 2
United States 3 – Puerto Rico 0
Cuba 8 – Chinese Taipei 0

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
United States 5 – Cuba 3
Puerto Rico 8 – Chinese Taipei 2
Canada 11 – Netherlands 5
Venezuela 9 – Australia 4

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Cuba 5 – Canada 1
Venezuela 6 – Taiwan 4
Puerto Rico 4 – Australia 2
United States 8 – Netherlands 2

POOL G STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
USA 07 00
Canada 04 03
Australia 02 05
Taiwan 01 06

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USA Tops Cuba In Baseball World Cup Clash


ITALY – 12 and counting.

Team USA raced out to a 4-0 lead and then survived a late rally by Cuba to claim a 5-3 win Thursday at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup in Nettuno. The Americans (6-0;12-1), which have already qualified for Sunday’s championship game, extended their winning streak in the tourney to 12 games.

In a likely preview of the upcoming Gold medal clash this weekend, Team USA delivered the first blow between the two baseball heavyweights in the opening frame. Minnesota Twins farmhand Trevor Plouffe reached on a fielding error by Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera with one out, and scampered home on a two-base hit by Ike Davis (Mets).

TEAM USA INJURY SCARE
Los Angeles Angels southpaw Trevor Reckling started the game for Team USA and retired the side in order in the first. However, several sources said the 20-year-old felt discomfort in his throwing arm which led to Lucas Harrell (White Sox) getting the emergency call out of the bullpen.

The Americans threatened to score again in the second after JoshJustin Smoak swings at a pitch against Cuba's Maikel Folch. Kroeger (White Sox) lined a one-out double down the left field line, and Jason Castro (Astros) walked on four pitches. Both runners moved up one base on Daniel Descalo’s (Cardinals) groundout before Cuban starter Maikel Folch sat down Buck Coats on another groundball out to escape the jam.

The Ciego de Avila left-hander opened the third with two quick outs before the curtains fell. Davis looked at four consecutive balls before jogging to first, and Philadelphia Phillies minor league slugger Terry Tiffee launched a full-count fastball over the left field fence to send Folch to an early shower.

CUBAN RELIEVER STRUGGLES
Cuban reliever Yadier Pedroso dug himself a quick hole. Pedro Alvarez (Pirates) reached on a walk, and Kroeger followed with a groundball single through the left side. Castro finished off the three-run frame with an RBI single to stretch the Americans lead to 4-0.

Meanwhile, Harrell (3-0) was showing no effects of a short-notice appearance limiting Cuba’s talented hitting lineup to a walk and one hit over four scoreless innings.

B.J. Rosenberg (Phillies) took the ball for manager Eddie Rodriguez’ squad in the sixth and made quick work of the Cubans with a 1-2-3 inning. However, the Big Red Machine flexed its muscles an inning later.

CUBAN BATS COME ALIVE
Michel Enriquez started the uprising with a leadoff solo home run. Alfredo Despaigne followed a walk to Frederich Cepeda with a single into right field, and Yulieski Gourriel cut the lead in half with an RBI double down the left field line. Rosenberg walked Yoennis Cespedes to load the bases before getting replaced by another Phillies pitching prospect, Cedrick Bowers.

Cuban skipper Esteban Lombillo sent pinch-hitter Yosvany Peraza to the plate with the sacks full, but the move backfired when Bowers induced a 4-6-3 double play. However, Despaigne scored on the play to make it a one-run game. Ehren Wasserman (White Sox) trotted out of the bullpen to retire another pinch-hitter, Jose Abreu, on a flyout to center field to end the inning.

A single and a fielding error by Plouffe had Cuba threatening to tie the score in the eighth. But, the American reliever notched another rally-killing double play groundball to preserve the 4-3 lead.

TEAM USA BAGS INSURANCE RUN
Team USA added a key insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Kroeger opened the frame with his third hit of the game, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Castro. Cuban closer Vladimir Garcia replaced Pedroso and retired Descalso on a line drive out to Gourrriel at third base. Then Coats delivered a clutch two-out RBI single to make the score 5-3.

Cuba (4-2;11-2) had one last chance in the ninth with the heart of the batting order – Despaigne, Gourriel and Cespedes – stepping into the box. But Wasserman racked up a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to clinch the save and the victory.

POOL F STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 04 02
Dutch 03 03
P.Rico 03 03
Venezuela 01 05

FINAL ROUND SCOREBOARD:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Cuba 2 – Australia 1
Canada 3 – Puerto Rico 0
United States 6 – Venezuela 3
Netherlands 11 – Chinese Taipei 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Canada 9 – Venezuela 2
Australia 5 – Netherlands 2
United States 3 – Puerto Rico 0
Cuba 8 – Chinese Taipei 0

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

United States 5 – Cuba 3
Puerto Rico 8 – Chinese Taipei 2
Canada 11 – Netherlands 5
Venezuela 9 – Australia 4

POOL G STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
USA 06 00
Canada 04 02
Australia 02 04
Taiwan 01 05

Photo courtesy of Marco Vasini-IBAF/FIBS

Marvin Moore is a former European coach and Managing Editor at BaseballdeWorld.

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Canada Eyeing Bronze At Baseball World Cup


ITALY – Canada erupted for nine late unanswered scores to deal the Netherlands a 11-5 loss at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup Thursday in Grosseto. With the win, the Canadians qualified for Saturday’s bronze medal game against the runner-up in Pool F.

The Dutch (3-3;7-3) were golden early with a four-run rally in the second highlighted by Hainley Statia’s two-run double. But Canada (4-2;11-2) answered back in the third on a two-run drive off the bat of shortstop Jonathan Malo.

Eugene Kingsale darted home on a groundout by Sidney de Jong in the fifth to increase the lead to 5-2. Then, the Maple Leafs took charge the rest of the way.

Adam Loewen’s two-run single in the sixth closed the gap to 5-4, and Shawn Bowman gave the Canadians their first taste of the lead the next inning with a two-run dinger. Canada finished off the comeback win with five scores in the eighth.

Trystan Magnuson (3-0) picked up the win with two scoreless relief innings.

PUERTO RICO DISPOSES OF TAIWAN

Ruben Gotay and Jose Valentin both homered and Puerto Rico remained in the hunt for a Gold medal with an 8-2 win over Chinese Taipei Thursday in Chieti.

Puerto Rico (3-3;9-4) grabbed a fast two-run lead in the first on RBI hits by Carlos Rivera and Raul Casanova, and Gotay clubbed a solo homer in the third and a two-run double in the fourth.

Valentin led off the fifth with a solo blast and Miguel Abreu added a run-scoring single to give the Caribbean side a commanding 8-0 lead.

Taiwan (1-5;6-7) foiled the shutout in the fifth on a solo homer by Tai-Yung Kuo, and Chia-Hao Chang crossed the plate on a passed ball the following inning.

Luis Atilano (3-0) went the distance giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out four.

VENEZUELA DASHES AUSSIES MEDAL HOPES

Yosnel Garcia connected for a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh, and Rene Reyes swatted a three-run homer an inning later as Venezuela upset Australia 9-4 Thursday in Firenze.

Australia (2-4;8-5) opened the scoring in the second on Stefan Welch’s RBI double, and stretched the lead to 3-0 the next inning on a two-run double off the bat of Chris Snelling. But the South American squad answered back in the bottom of the third.

Jonathan Sivira and Billy Rojo reached on a single and walk, respectively. Leadoff man Dirimo Chavez laced a two-run double into the gap in left center to make it a one-run game.

The Aussies added a score in the fourth on Joel Naughton’s run-scoring hit, but Venezuela (1-5;7-6) kept pace on an RBI sacrifice fly by Garcia in the bottom of the same inning.

Lino Connel reached on a walk to start the game-winning rally in the seventh, and Michael Sandoval and Reyes hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Luis Landaeta knotted the score with a sacrifice fly, and two batters later Garcia put Venezuela ahead for good.

Jose Rodriguez (1-0) worked the final 2 1/3 innings to get the win, while Brendan Wise (0-1) was pinned with the loss.

POOL F STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 04 02
Dutch 03 03
P.Rico 03 03
Venezuela 01 05

FINAL ROUND SCOREBOARD:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Cuba 2 – Australia 1
Canada 3 – Puerto Rico 0
United States 6 – Venezuela 3
Netherlands 11 – Chinese Taipei 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Canada 9 – Venezuela 2
Australia 5 – Netherlands 2
United States 3 – Puerto Rico 0
Cuba 8 – Chinese Taipei 0

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

United States 5 – Cuba 3
Puerto Rico 8 – Chinese Taipei 2
Canada 11 – Netherlands 5
Venezuela 9 – Australia 4

POOL G STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
USA 06 00
Canada 04 02
Australia 02 04
Taiwan 01 05

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Australia Sinks Dutch At Baseball World Cup


ITALY – Luke Hughes drilled a pair of home runs and Australia remained in the hunt for a medal at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup with a crucial 5-2 win over the Netherlands Wednesday in Grosseto.

Both offenses stalled the first five innings while Aussie starter Liam Hendriks and his Dutch counterpart, Tom Stuifbergen, traded goose eggs. However, Australia (2-3;8-4) broke the scoreless deadlock in the sixth off reliever David Bergman.

The former Dutch Major League Pitcher of the Year walked Chris Snelling to start the inning, and Hughes followed with a deep shot to left field.

The Dutch (3-2;7-2) answered back an inning later off a trio of relief pitchers. Randall Simon led off with an infield hit off Paul Mildren, who was replaced by Brendan Wise. Sidney de Jong reached on a walk before Wise rebounded with a strikeout of Curt Smith. Dutch skipper Rod Delmonico then summoned Bryan Engelhardt to pinch-hit for Raily Legito, which prompted Aussie skipper Jon Deeble to bring in Adam Bright to the mound.

Bright promptly induced a groundball from Engelhardt but Aussie first baseman Stefan Welch made an errant throw to second base allowing Simon to motor home from second base. But the cool-headed reliever responded by getting Sharlon Schoop to ground into an inning-ending double play to preserve a 2-1 lead.

A two-out walk to Eugene Kingsale and back-to-back singles by Yurendell DeCaster and Simon pulled the Dutch even in the eighth. But the Dutch imploded in the bottom of the same inning.

Brad Harman started the frame with a groundball to DeCaster, but the third baseman threw wildly to first base. The Aussie second baseman darted towards second and then raced to third after Simon made another throwing error on the same play. A flustered Dutch closer Dennis Neuman then threw a wild pitch allowing Harman to cross the plate with the go-ahead score. But Australia was not finished.

Snelling reached on a walk and Hughes jacked his second two-run bomb of the game to seal the must-win victory for the Aussies.

Matt Williams (2-0), the fourth reliever out of Australia’s bullpen, worked the final 1 1/3 innings to notch his second win of the tournament.

USA CLINCHES GOLD MEDAL GAME BERTH

Todd Redmond turned in another sparkling outing and the United States became the first team to clinch a spot in Sunday’s championship game with a 3-0 win against Puerto Rico Wednesday in Firenze.

Team USA (5-0;11-1), which has won 11 consecutive games since opening the tournament with an extra-inning loss to Venezuela, plated the only run it would need in the second when Ike Davis tagged Puerto Rican starter Efrain Nieves with a solo home run.

Buck Coats launched a solo drive in the fifth that spelled the end of the road for Nieves who was replaced by Juan Padilla, and Jon Weber added a solo homer in the eighth to seal the key win for the Americans.

Meanwhile, Redmond (3-0) was spinning another gem to claim his third win of the tourney. The right-hander silenced the Caribbean lineup on just four hits and one walk. Jason Childers retired the final two batters to pick up his first save in the World Cup.

CUBA STAYS ON COLLISION COURSE WITH USA

Alfedo Despaigne clubbed two more home runs and Miguel Gonzalez turned in another stellar outing to help Cuba beat Taiwan 8-0 Wednesday and mover closer to qualifying for Sunday’s Gold medal game.

Cuba (4-1;11-1) set the tone of the game early with three scores in the first. Frederich Cepeda put the Big Red Machine ahead with a two-run blast, and Despaigne followed with his eighth long ball of the tourney for a 3-0 lead.

Hector Olivera’s run-scoring single in the second pushed the lead to four runs, and Cepeda drove home Ariel Pestano in the fourth with an RBI groundout to give the Cuban a 5-0 advantage.
Ariel Borrero popped a two-run long ball an inning later, and Despaigne finished off the key victory with a leadoff solo homer in the seventh.

Gonzalez (3-0) tossed seven sharp innings allowing just one walk and three hits while striking out eight. Jonder Martinez pitched two scoreless relief innings to seal the shutout win.

CANADIANS CONTINUE MARCH TOWARDS MEDAL

Matt Kniginyzky tossed six shutout innings and Shawn Bowman and Adam Loewen each homered to lead Canada past Venezuela 9-2 Wednesday. With the win, Canada inched closer to advancing to Saturday’s Bronze medal matchup.

Canada (3-2;10-2) took advantage of the control problems of Venezuelan starter Orlando Perdomo, who hit one batter and walked three in the second frame, to grab a 4-0 lead. Loewen homered to right field the next inning and the Maple Leafs added three more scores to hold an 8-0 advantage at the end of six innings.

Venezuela (0-5;6-6) foiled the shutout in the seventh when cleanup hitter Rene Reyes jacked his fourth long ball of the World Cup – a two-run shot. Bowman answered back in the eighth with a solo drive to seal the win for Canada.

Kniginyzky (2-0) allowed four hits and one walk and fanned three to earn the win.

POOL F STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 04 01
Dutch 03 02
P.Rico 02 03
Venezuela 00 05

FINAL ROUND SCOREBOARD:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Cuba 2 – Australia 1
Canada 3 – Puerto Rico 0
United States 6 – Venezuela 3
Netherlands 11 – Chinese Taipei 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Canada 9 – Venezuela 2
Australia 5 – Netherlands 2
United States 3 – Puerto Rico 0
Cuba 8 – Chinese Taipei 0

POOL G STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
USA 05 00
Canada 03 02
Australia 02 03
Taiwan 01 04

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USA Nears Baseball World Cup Title Game


ITALY – With the finish line at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup in sight, the only thing certain is that Team USA is in all likelihood one win away from advancing to the Gold medal matchup on Sunday. But the race between Cuba and the Netherlands remain a heated contest with three games remaining in the final round.

The Cubans plated two early runs against Australia and then leaned on their standout pitching corps to stay in the hunt for the World Cup crown. The Dutch teed off against Taiwan and now will embark on a tough three-game set against a trio of solid squads (Australia, Canada and USA)

Canada still has a remote chance at reaching the title game. The Maple Leafs, who need the United States to drop their final three games, must run the table against Venezuela, the Netherlands, and Cuba. Not impossible, but highly unlikely.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s World Cup matchups.

UNITED STATES (4-0;10-1) vs PUERTO RICO (2-2;8-3)

Team USA can all but wrap up a berth in Sunday’s title game with a win over an inconsistent Puerto Rican group. But that might be easier said than done. Puerto Rico struggled to beat lightweights Great Britain (5-4) and South Korea (3-2), but knocked off Cuba (5-2). Now, the big question is if this squad can rebound quickly after a heartbreaking loss to Canada? The Americans feature a bevy of offensive contributors, and a talented cast of starting pitchers that have successfully masked a suspect bullpen. Winning 10 games in a row is never easy – claiming 14 wins in a row (and the Gold medal) is an even more daunting task.

CHINESE TAIPEI (1-3;6-5) vs CUBA (3-1;10-1)

The Big Red Machine will be looking to get back on track with the lumber after Australian starter Dushan Ruzic retired the final 17 batters on Tuesday. Alfredo Despaigne, whose two-run dinger was the only offense Cuba could muster up against the giant 6’8″ Aussie right-hander, has cracked seven long balls while hitting at a .447 clip. Taiwan has struggled at the plate against quality pitching, and the Cubans have a surplus of talented arms. This game might be close early, but expect Esteban Lombillo’s squad to finish strong with a barrage of extra-base hits.

NETHERLANDS (3-1;7-1) vs AUSTRALIA (1-3;7-4)

The tough-luck Aussies will be looking to stay in the hunt for a medal when coach Jon Deebles’ squad meet the Dutch in a key World Cup matchup on Wednesday. Australia, which has surrendered just 14 runs in their last five games, should pose a big threat to a Dutch squad whose pitching depth will be tested with upcoming games against Canada and the United States. Middle infielder Hainley Statia looks more polished at the plate than in previous stints with the Orange and Black, and SF Giants farmhand Sharlon Shoop has upgraded the Dutch offensive lineup in a significant way. Still, Australia needs a win in a bad way and should scalp a solid Dutch team.

CANADA (2-2;9-2) vs VENEZUELA (0-4;6-5)

Pitching – not hitting – has the Canadians on course for a medal in this year’s World Cup. Take away the 35 runs that Canada posted against the Netherlands Antilles and Italy, and Ernie Whitt’s group averaged just three scores an outing in the second round. However, the Maple Leafs allowed just a whisker more than four runs a game on the mound while limiting four second round opponents to three runs or less. Don’t be fooled by Venezuela’s record. This remains a dangerous foe for opposing teams and Canada’s medal hopes will suffer a severe blow if Rene Tosoni and Co. strand too many runners in scoring position.

FINAL ROUND SCHEDULE:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Cuba 2 – Australia 1
Canada 3 – Puerto Rico 0
United States 6 – Venezuela 3
Netherlands 11 – Chinese Taipei 2

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Canada (G) vs Venezuela (F)
Australia (G) vs Netherlands (F)
Puerto Rico (F) vs United States (G)
Chinese Taipei (G) vs Cuba (F)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

United States (G) vs Cuba (F)
Chinese Taipei (G) vs Puerto Rico (F)
Canada (G) vs Netherlands (F)
Venezuela (F) vs Australia (G)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Cuba (G) vs Canada (F)
Venezuela (F) vs Chinese Taipei (G)
Australia (G) vs Puerto Rico (F)
Netherlands (F) vs United States (G)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Pool F 4th Place vs Pool G 4th Place (7th-8th Place Game)
Pool F 3rd Place vs Pool G 3rd Place (5th-6th Place Game)
Pool F 2nd Place vs Pool G 2nd Place (3rd-4th Place Game)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Pool F 1st Place vs Pool G 1st Place (Championship Game)

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Marvin Moore is a former European coach and the Managing Editor at BaseballdeWorld.

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USA, Cuba Win At Baseball World Cup


ITALY – Tug Hulett reached base four times and Brad Lincoln opened the game with five scoreless innings to lead the United States past Venezuela 6-3 Tuesday at the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup in the historic city of Firenze.

Team USA (4-0;10-1), which will sew up a berth in Sunday’s championship matchup with one more win and a loss by Canada, extended it’s tournament-high winning streak to 10 games.

Hulett put the Americans out front in the third with an RBI double, and scored on an error later in the inning to make the score 2-0. Terry Tiffee finished off the early rally with a two-run single.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Canada (G) vs Venezuela (F)
Australia (G) vs Netherlands (F)
Puerto Rico (F) vs United States (G)
Chinese Taipei (G) vs Cuba (F)

Pedro Alvarez led off the fourth with a towering foul popup that bounced off the mitt of Venezuelan catcher Yosnel Garcia. The No.2 overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand stretched the lead to 5-0 with a solo bomb to right field.

Venezuela (0-4;6-5) got on the board in the sixth on a solo homer by Rene Reyes, but the United States countered with a score in the bottom of the frame on a run-scoring single by Trevor Plouffe.

Reyes singled home another run for the Latin Americans in the seventh, and Luis Landaeta tagged reliever Cedrick Bowers for a solo drive in the eighth.

Lincoln (2-0) picked up the win while Filipino-American left-hander Geno Espineli registered the one-out save.

CUBA DEALS AUSTRALIA ANOTHER SLIM SETBACK

Alfredo Despaigne smashed a two-run homer and Norge Vera turned in another solid outing to help Cuba slip past Australia 2-1 Tuesday in Grosseto.

Cuba (3-1;10-1) capitalized on an error by Stefan Welch to grab the lead in the first. Leadoff man Giorvis Duvergel reached on the defensive miscue by the Aussie first baseman, and moved to second on a sacrifce bunt by Hector Olivera. Despaigne followed a groundout by Michel Enriquez with a deep blast to straightaway centerfield to put the Cubans on top, 2-0.

Australia (1-3;), which suffered its fourth one-run loss in this year’s World Cup, plated a run in the third when Nicholas Kimpton scored on an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of James Beresford.

A one-out double by Welch in the seventh put the Aussies in position to knot the score. But, Vera sat down Tim Kennelly on an infield popup and Lazo jogged out of the bullpen to catch Andrew Graham looking at a called third strike to end the inning.

Australia wasted a dazzling performance from Dushan Ruzic. The former Florida Marlins right-hander limited Cuba to just three hits in a complete game gem, and retired the final 17 batters after allowing a one-out double to Olivera in the third.

Vera (3-0) allowed a run and three hits over 6 2/3 innings while posting seven strikeouts to get the win. Lazo worked the final 2 1/3 innings to earn his third save of the tournament.

DUTCH STAMPEDE PAST TAIWAN

Randall Simon and Sharnol Adriana combined to drive in six runs and the Netherlands spanked Chinese Taipei 11-2 Tuesday in Messina, Italy.

The Dutch (4-0;7-1) grabbed an early one-run advantage in the first when Taiwanese starter Wen-Yang Liao walked Adriana with the sacks full to force in a run. But Hung-Yu Lin led off the second with a solo homer to knot the score.

Simon broke the deadlock in the bottom of the second with a two-run single, and Sidney de Jong followed with a run-scoring hit to give the Dutch a 4-1 lead.  The score remained the same until the fifth when the Netherlands pulled away.

Sharlon Schoop greeted new pitcher Chen-Hua Lin with a two-base hit to the gap in right center, and the Dutch had two men aboard after Lin plunked Danny Rombley. Hainley Statia moved both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt before Eugene Kingsale struck out looking. But then Europe’s top national team stroked seven consecutive hits to take a commanding 11-1 lead en route to the lopsided victory.

Alexander Smith worked six innings of four-hit ball with six strikeouts to get the win.

CANADA BLANKS PUERTO RICO

Nick Bucci tossed five innings of no-hit ball and Canada broke a scoreless game with three runs in the final frame to deal Puerto Rico a 3-0 loss Tuesday in Nettuno, Italy.

Canada (2-2;9-2) squandered numerous scoring chances against a Caribbean squad that used seven pitchers in the game.

With runners on the corners and two outs in the fourth, Bett Lawrie hit into an inning-ending fielder’s choice. The next inning, Rene Tosoni fouled out to third base with a runner on third, and Adam Loewen struck out with a teammate 90 feet away in the sixth.

Tosoni, who leads the team with a .390 batting mark, was caught looking at a third strike in the seventh to leave Chris Robinson stranded at third base.

The Canadians finally struck paydirt in the ninth. Lawrie led off with a solo home run, and Tosoni plated two more runs with a double down the right field line.

Puerto Rico (2-2;8-3) was limited to just a lone hit by Bucci and three relievers. Dustin Molleken tossed a scoreless eighth to get credit for the win, while Jimmy Henderson worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save.

POOL F STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Cuba 03 01
Dutch 03 01
P.Rico 02 02
Venezuela 00 04

FINAL ROUND SCOREBOARD:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Cuba 2 – Australia 1
Canada 3 – Puerto Rico 0
United States 6 – Venezuela 3
Netherlands 11 – Chinese Taipei 2

POOL G STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
USA 04 00
Canada 02 02
Australia 01 03
Taiwan 01 03

Photo courtesy of Diego Lazaro

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USA Eyeing Baseball World Cup Gold


ITALY – The United States will have the inside track to the championship game when the final round of the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup gets underway Tuesday in four scenic Italian cities.

Team USA (9-1), which went unbeaten in the second round with a perfect 7-0 record, will carry an unblemished 3-0 mark to the next round while the remaining teams in its group all have identical 1-2 cards. A pair of wins in their four upcoming games against Pool F teams will force Australia, Canada or Taiwan to go unbeaten to possibly deny the Americans a berth in next Sunday’s title matchup.

All teams that advanced to the final round carried over their record from the second round against the remaining three qualifiers from their respective groups. This three-game record will be combined with the four games in the third round to determine the final seedings in both pools.

POOL F OUTLOOK/STANDINGS

1. NETHERLANDS (2-1)

There’s nothing fancy about the Dutch who rely on a solid brand of good pitching, steady defense, and timely hits to subdue opponents. The Dutch have been a consistent bunch with a reliable group of arms and a better hitting lineup than advertised. But to get to the finals, Europe’s top team must slow down the high-powered offensive attacks (Australia, Canada, and USA) awaiting in Pool G.

2. PUERTO RICO (2-1)

How long will the mojo last? Puerto Rico has enjoyed a stellar tournament and rose to the occasion against both the Cubans and the Dutch in two well-played outings. I believe in miracles, but I remain unsold on this hitting lineup and the pitching depth. A pair of wins will not be easy, and three wins is simply asking for too much.

3. CUBA (2-1)

You just do not bet against this group in international tournaments. Period. But…on the other hand…the evolution of baseball around the world means even the Big Red Machine cannot take tournament gold for granted, anymore. I still think Cuba reaches the title game against the Americans. However, I refuse to bet my lunch money.

4. VENEZUELA (0-3)

Please tell me that Dirimo Chavez will be playing shortstop in the Italian Baseball League next season. These bashers might not have a chance to win a medal, but can you say “spoiler?” Expect a few high-scoring affairs from this group in the final round.

POOL F STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
Dutch 02 01
P.Rico 02 01
Cuba 02 01
Venezuela 00 03

POOL G OUTLOOK/STANDINGS

1. UNITED STATES (3-0)

While the Dutch and Cubans will be scratching and clawing for the top seed in Pool F, Team USA will enjoy a two-game lead in their group with four games left on their slate. A win against Venezuela on Tuesday should allow Eddie Rodriguez the luxury of having more than a few “fresh” arms for Sunday’s Gold medal encounter.

2. AUSTRALIA (1-2)

It’s a good bet that the Aussies will remeber the name Trevor Plouffe long after this tourney is over. The American shortstop dealt Australia’s title chances a severe blow with two late RBIs in Monday narrow loss to Team USA. It’s not impossible for the Aussies to reach the Gold medal game, but even winning three of four games against Pool F seems unrealistic.

3. CANADA (1-2)

The Maple Leafs have been fun to watch with their high-scoring lineup, and remain a dangerous foe for Cuba and the Dutch. However, good pitching usually tops good hitting and the Canadians are about to get a huge serving of impressive arms.

4. TAIWAN (1-2)

The stigma associated with losing to China may finally be forgiven. This youthful but talented Asian squad might be overmatched in a game or two this round, but Taiwan is capable of dealing a major setback to one of the three Pool F Gold medal aspirants.

POOL G STANDINGS

Team Won Lost
USA 03 00
Australia 01 02
Canada 01 02
Taiwan 01 02

FINAL ROUND SCHEDULE:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Cuba (F) vs Australia (G)
Puerto Rico (F) vs Canada (G)
United States (G) vs Venezuela (F)
Netherlands (F) vs Chinese Taipei (G)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Canada (G) vs Venezuela (F)
Australia (G) vs Netherlands (F)
Puerto Rico (F) vs United States (G)
Chinese Taipei (G) vs Cuba (F)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

United States (G) vs Cuba (F)
Chinese Taipei (G) vs Puerto Rico (F)
Canada (G) vs Netherlands (F)
Venezuela (F) vs Australia (G)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Cuba (G) vs Canada (F)
Venezuela (F) vs Chinese Taipei (G)
Australia (G) vs Puerto Rico (F)
Netherlands (F) vs United States (G)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Pool F 4th Place vs Pool G 4th Place (7th-8th Place Game)
Pool F 3rd Place vs Pool G 3rd Place (5th-6th Place Game)
Pool F 2nd Place vs Pool G 2nd Place (3rd-4th Place Game)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Pool F 1st Place vs Pool G 1st Place (Championship Game)

Photo courtesy of Marco Vasini/IBAF

Marvin Moore is a former European coach and Managing Editor at BaseballdeWorld.

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