Posted on 04 July 2013.
Back to a full slate of games on Wednesday as all teams played at the 2013 World Port Tournament, the defending champion Chinese Taipei faced off with Curacao who was coming off its first win. The later game was a rematch between host Netherlands and the #1 world ranked Cuba.
Game 1 of the day saw a great pitching performance from Chinese Taipei’s Yank Jhih-long who tossed seven innings to earn the win. Over those seven innings he gave up just one run on three hits while striking out eight. Chen Yu-hsun came on to pick up his second save of the tournament pitching the final inning and a third.
Curacao starter Sherwenne Antersijn didn’t pitch bad, but didn’t pitch great. He tossed 6.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits taking the loss.
Neither team did too much offensively. Chinese Taipei took advantage of a late inning error to take on two unearned runs. Kuo Ming-jen had a nice day at the plate for Chinese Taipei. The shortstop went 2-for-4 in the game, scored a run, and drove in another.
Johannes Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for Curacao who fell to 1-3.
Game 2 featured Cuba and the Netherlands. The Dutch had defeated Cuba the first go around 7-0, but this time Cuba would get its revenge. It got a great start from Wilber Perez who shut down the Dutch offense for 7.1 innings. He allowed just four hits, walked six, and struck out seven as Cuba went on to win 4-0.
Rasiel Iglesias pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn the save.
It was a closer game than the score indicates. It was scoreless for the first seven innings as neither side could get to the opposing team’s starter until Cuba got two runs in the top of the eighth.
Dutch stater Orlando Yntema was touched up for a pair of runs in the eighth. After cruising through seven innings, Yntema walked the lead off hitter. After a sacrifice moved the runner to second base, Yadeil Hernandez came on as a pinch-hitter. On a 2-2 pitch, Hernandez hit a single up the middle to put Cuba on the board with a RBI single.
Yntema would be relieved but his relief, Leon Boyd, would immediately give up a double driving home Hernandez. That left Yntema with a line of 7.1 IP/5 H/ 2 R and the loss.
Cuba would take on some insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a Eriel Sanchez two-run single.
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
Curacao 3, Netherlands 2 (10)
Wednesday July 3
Curacao 5, Chinese Taipei 2
Netherlands 0, Cuba 4
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. Cuba 2-1
1. Chinese Taipei 2-1
3. Netherlands 2-2
4. Curacao 1-3