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Chinese Taipei wins 2017 World Port Tournament


Chinese Taipei wins 2017 World Port Tournament with a 3-2 extra inning win over Japan. It is Chinese Taipei’s 2nd title in Rotterdam after winning in 2011 over Cuba. That is the 7th medal for Chinese Taipei. Japan won its 2nd medal and 2nd silver.

The game got exciting in the top of the 9th when Japan tied it at 2 to force extra innings. Ryoto Maeda came through in the 9th with an RBI single for Japan just after a catcher’s interference call put runners on the corners. Japan had a chance to take the lead but Togo Tada grounded out ending the inning.

It remained tied until the bottom of the 10th inning when Chinese Taipei put runners at 1st and 2nd. Then perhaps the biggest play of the game happened. Chia Yu Lin hit a fly ball to left field which would have been the 2nd out of the inning, but leftfielder Yudai Nakanishi dropped the ball which loaded the bases. The next batter Hsin Chuan Wang singled up the middle to bring home the winning run.

Chinese Taipei used five pitchers. Cheng Ho Wang picked up the win pitching 3.1 innings of relief. Takahiro Yamamoto took the loss for Japan tossing 1.1 innings of relief giving up the winning run.

Individual Awards:

Best hitter: Takuya Okura – Japan (.423 avg)

Home Run King: Yi Hung Chen – Chinese Taipei (1)

Best Pitcher: Daisuke Yamagami – Japan (2-0/0,60 ERA/15 k’s in 15 IP)

MVP: Dwayne Kemp – Netherlands (.421 avg/6 RBI)

Most Popular: Koya Araki – Japan (led tournament with 7 runs scored)

Press Award: Shurendell Mujica – Curacao (.429 avg/5 RBI)

Final 2017 World Port Tournament Standings:

  1. Chinese Taipei
  2. Japan
  3. Curacao
  4. Netherlands
  5. Cuba

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Chinese Taipei Wins 2017 World Port Tournament

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International Tournaments Need Tweaking


International Tournaments Need TweakingThere are some international baseball tournaments that need tweaking. Before I get into the post, let me start by saying that I love the World Port Tournament. I feel it is a great event that aids in the effort to help grow the game of baseball through Europe and other places as teams come from all over the world. It is near the top of my list of tournaments to see, but I feel this edition shows that it needs some tweaking.

If you have followed along with our posts on the tournament or just the tournament itself, you saw how Curacao struggled to win in the round robin. They went 0-4 in the round robin and would go on to win only 1 game in the tournament. Yet they finished 3rd.

There is no way a team that went 0-4 in round robin and 1-5 overall in a tournament should finish 3rd ahead of two teams that won a combined 5 games just in the round robin.

When I initially saw the structure I was wondering why the no. 1 and no. 2 seeds played each other right away while the no. 5 seed didn’t play in the first round of the playoffs.

I feel that they need to go to a standard double elimination bracket where the no. 1 seed has a bye in the first round. This way you have something to play for with that no. 1 seed. Everyone as it sits has a chance to make the finals with 2 straight wins. But why should that be the case for both a winless no.5 seed and a possibly undefeated no. 1 seed?

Perhaps there is something I do not know about scheduling that makes this a necessity, but one little tweak could make this tournament so much better.

This isn’t the only international tournament structure that seems to be a little off. The Caribbean Series is another that could use a little tweaking. We saw a team that finished 1-3 in the round robin make the championship and win this past winter.

There needs to be more emphasis put on the round robin games, but that is just my 2 cents. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

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Japan and Chinese Taipei in Championship at World Port


Japan Chinese Taipei Championship World PortJapan and Chinese Taipei face off in the championship of the World Port Tournament today. Japan is looking for its first gold medal in the event having only made the championship once before in 1985. Chinese Taipei is looking for its 2nd gold after winning in 2011.

Japan had to get here through Curacao, and they did so in grand fashion winning 15-0. Japan scored early and often en route to the win. They pounded out 15 hits while limiting Curacao to just 6.

Japan and Chinese Taipei split their two matches so far. Japan won the first match 2-1 on Tuesday. Chinese Taipei go their payback on Friday downing Japan 4-2 to earn its way into the championship game. And now they are here for a winner-take-all championship.

Netherlands Take 4th Place

In the 4th/5th place game, the host Dutch took down Cuba 3-1. The Netherlands pounded out 10 hits to pick up the victory behind 4 solid outings from the pitching staff. Diego Markwell started and went 3.1 scoreless innings. Jim Ploeger picked up the win in relief going 2.2 innings allowing just 1 run. The game was finished off by Kevin Kelly and Mike Bolsenbroek who picked up the save.

Through a weird way the tournament was set up Curacao, who finished 1-5, will gain 3rd place. More on this later in anther post.

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule for the Weekend:

Thursday July 6
Game A: Chinese Taipei 4, Netherlands 3
Game B: Cuba 2,  Japan 5

Friday July 7
Game C: Cuba 3, Curacao 5
Game D: Japan 2, Chinese Taipei 4 (Chinese Taipei to championship)

Saturday July 8
Game E: Cuba 1, Netherlands 3 (4th & 5th place)
Game F: Japan 15, Curacao 0 (Japan to championship)

Sunday July 9
Championship Japan vs  Chinese Taipei

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Chinese Taipei in World Port Championship


Chinese Taipei World Port ChampionshipChinese Taipei rattled off two nice wins to put itself in the championship game of the 2017 World Port Tournament. After finishing the round robin 2-2, Chinese Taipei downed the Netherlands and then Japan.

It all started in the bottom of the 9th inning on Thursday against the Netherlands. Trialing the entire game and going into the final frame down 3-1, Chinese Taipei shocked the host Dutch with a 3-run walk-off win. With 3 hits and the help of a key error by the Dutch catcher, Chinese Taipei put up a 3 spot to take the game and send the Dutch to the 4th/5th place game.

All the win did was assure Chinese Taipei a game with the hot Japan on Friday. And they kept rolling. Chinese Taipei took a 4-0 lead over Japan and would hold on to a 4-2 victory sending them to the championship game. Japan is not out of it, but now they will have to win one more to get a rematch.

Chinese Taipei now gets to rest and wait to see who they play on Sunday for the championship.

The late game on Friday is Cuba vs Curacao. The winner of that game will face off with Japan for a shot at Chinese Taipei in the championship. The loser will face off with the Netherlands in the 4th/5th place game. Curacao is winless so far.

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule for the Weekend:

Thursday July 6
Game A: Chinese Taipei 4, Netherlands 3
Game B: Cuba 2,  Japan 5

Friday July 7
Game C: Cuba vs Curacao
Game D: Japan 2, Chinese Taipei 4 (Chinese Taipei to championship)

Saturday July 8
Game E: Loser C vs Netherlands (4th & 5th place)
Game F: Japan vs Winner C (winner to championship)

Sunday July 9
Championship Game Winner F vs  Chinese Taipei

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Japan has Won Four Straight at World Port


Cuba WPTThe playoffs are set in the 2017 World Port Tournament, and Japan is on a tear just 1 win away from the championship match.

On Wednesday Japan downed the Netherlands 7-3 to claim a spot in the No. 1 vs No. 2 game.  The game wasn’t as close as it might seem. Japan took a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the 9th inning. Despite the Dutch scoring 3 runs, only 1 was earned.

Daiskuke Yamagami pitched great for Japan getting the start. He went 6.0 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits while striking out 6. He was backed by a 12 hit attack from his teammates. Nine hitters had at least 1 hit in the game for Japan.

But Japan did not stop with defeating the Dutch. Earlier today Japan downed Cuba avenging its only loss so far in the tournament. Japan lost its first game of the event to Cuba and has not lost since.

Japan now looks to be set to face off with the Dutch once again. The Netherlands is playing Chinese Taipei with the winner advancing to face Japan. The loser of that game will go onto play in the 4th/5th place game tomorrow.

In other action Cuba will face off with Curacao tomorrow. The loser of that game will play the loser of Chinese Taipei/Netherlands in the 4th/5th place game. The winner will still be alive and will have to win one more game to get into the championship.

Right now Japan is set up nicely to at least advance to the championship, but nothing is set in stone. With so much talent in the tournament it is still anyone’s game.

Final Pool Play Standings:

  1. Cuba 3-1
  2. Japan 3-1
  3. Chinese Taipei 2-2
  4. Netherlands 2-2
  5. Curacao 0-4

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule for the Weekend:

Thursday July 6
Game A: Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands
Game B: Cuba vs Japan

Friday July 7
Game C: Cuba vs Curacao
Game D: Japan vs A Winner (winner to championship)

Saturday July 8
Game E: Loser C vs Loser of D (4th & 5th place)
Game F: Loser D vs Winner C (winner to championship)

Sunday July 9
Championship Game Winner F vs Winner D

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2017 World Port Tournament Standings


The 2017 World Port Tournament standings have Cuba at the top as the tournament enters the last day of pool play today with a pair of games. First off, Chinese Taipei will take on Curacao and Japan will square off with the Netherlands.

This is a big game for both Japan and the host Dutch. A win would put the Dutch in first place going into the playoff round after their win over Cuba who right now sits atop the standings at 3-1. Japan would secure the second seed with a win. Both teams are 2-1 at the moment.

The other match is already over with Curacao losing its 4th game of the tournament 6-3 to Chinese Taipei. Curacao still has a chance to improve its record but will be the 5th seed going into the playoffs. They will face off with the loser of the No. 1 vs No. 2 game. Chinese Taipei will face off with the loser from the late game today in the No. 3 vs No. 4 game.

Current 2017 World Port Tournament Standings:

  1. Cuba 3-1
  2. Netherlands 2-1
  3. Japan 2-1
  4. Chinese Taipei 2-2
  5. Curacao 0-4

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Cuba Leads After Day 2 at World Port Tournament


Day 2 is in the books at the 2017 World Port Tournament. Cuba stayed unbeaten, and Curacao remained without a win after losing to the Netherlands in 13 innings.

Game 1 of the day pitted the host Dutch against Curacao in what turned into a thriller. The game started off as a pitching duel with the game tied at 2 after 9 innings. Then starting in the 11th inning the flood gates opened and runs started pouring in. This was in coordination with the international tie-breaking rules that put the last two batters at 1st and 2nd base to start the inning.

First let’s talk about how we got to extra innings. Rob Cordemans pitched well but did not get the win. He went 8.0 innings allowing 7 hits, 2 runs, and struck out 6. Ruderly Manuel matched Cordemans for 7+ innings. He tossed 7.2 innings allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 5 and like his counterpart did not factor into the decision.

After both teams worked through a scoreless 10th, the tie-breaking rules went into place. The Netherlands started off by scoring two runs in the top of the 11th. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, Boekhoudt was walked to load the bases setting up the double play. However, Dutch first baseman Dudley Leonora did not follow the script for Curacao. Leonora singled up the middle driving in 2 runs to give the Netherlands a 4-2 lead.

Curacao would tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. Again after a sacrifice runners sat at 2nd and 3rd. However, the Dutch pitcher did not walk the next hitter to load the bases and he induced the batter to ground out without a run scoring. So with 2 outs, down by 2, and 2 runners on, Edinho Meyer came through with a huge game-tying triple.

As they went to the 12th, both teams would again score two runs. The Dutch got their two on a 2-out triple by Garia. Curacao would tie it up again with the first run coming home on a Reangelo Beaumont sacrifice fly and then the tying run scoring on a pinch-hit RBI single from Levis Carolus.

The Netherlands would take command in the 13th inning. Dwayne Kemp led off the inning with a single scoring the first run of the inning. Curacao would then load the bases after a sacrifice bunt and Nick Urbanus would drive in a run on a fielder’s choice. Then a throwing error allowed Kemp to score before the Dutch finished off the 4-run 13th inning with a RBI single from Rowen Van Hoek.

Curacao came back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but it wasn’t enough to extend the game once again. The Netherlands would take the victory 10-7 pushing them to an even 1-1 record.

Game 2 of the day saw Japan makings its first appearance in the tournament against Cuba. Cuba would use a 4-run 3rd inning to pull ahead to stay and go on to win 8-4 keeping them perfect.

Geonel Guitierrez got the start for Cuba and lasted just 4.2 innings. He only gave up 1 run on 6 hits but did not pitch 5 to pick up the win. Instead, Adrian Rajiv Sosa got the win in relief despite giving up 3 runs in 2.2 innings of work.

Takahiro Yamamoto got the start for Japan going 3.0 innings of shutout ball. He allowed just 3 hits while striking out 2. Reliever Kazuma Okada did not fare as well as Yamamoto. Okada pitched 2.0 innings but gave up 5 runs on 5 hits.

Japan did not help itself defensively committing 6 errors en route to allowing 4 unearned runs which would be the difference in the game.

Osvaldo Vazquez went 3-for-5 with a double for Cuba. Frank Camilo Morejon scored twice, drove in a run, and went 2-for-4 helping Cuba to the win.

Japan leadoff hitter Hiroto Kobukata went 4-for-5, scored twice, and drove in a run setting the table well for Japan. Shortstop Masaki Otani drove in a run and went 2-for-3 in the loss.

Day 2 World Port Tournament Standings:

  1. Cuba 2-0
  2. Chinese Taipei 1-0
  3. Netherlands 1-1
  4. Japan 0-1
  5. Curacao 0-2

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Chinese Taipei Shocks Host Netherlands with 9th Inning Comeback


ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – Chinese Taipei upset the Netherlands in Game 2 of the 2017 World Port Tournament by scoring 2 in the top of the 9th inning to win 2-1.

Both starters pitched well. Diego Markwell tossed 7.0 shutout innings and looked on pace to pick up a win. He gave up just 5 hits and walked 2. Yao Tso Kao also pitched well for Chinese Taipei. Kao went 5.0 innings allowing just 1 unearned run. He gave up just 2 hits while striking out 5. Chih Hung Cheng picked up the win finishing off the final 4.0 innings for Chinese Taipei. He gave up 2 hit and struck out 3.

Berry van Driel pitched a scoreless 8th inning, but then the wheels came off in the 9th. Loek Van Mil came on to close out the game but didn’t make it through the inning.

Chia Wei Huang led off the 9th inning for Chinese Taipei with a single. He would advance to second on a ground out and then to third base on a passed ball. With 1 out and down 1-0, Chun Kai Liao singled to center to tie the game. The next batter would single through the right side putting runners at the corners for Tzu Chieh Lin who would hit a sacrifice fly to right to give Chinese Taipei the lead 2-1. That was all they could muster, but it was all they needed as Cheng would finish off the Dutch in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the comeback win.

In Day 2 action the Dutch return to play Curacao and Japan gets its first action against Cuba.

2017 World Port Tournament Day 1 Standings:

  1. Cuba 1-0
  2. Chinese Taipei 1-0
  3. Curacao 0-2
  4. Netherlands 0-1
  5. Japan 0-0

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World Port Tournament Opens with Cuba Win


The 2017 World Port Tournament opened with a Cuba win on Saturday afternoon in Rotterdam defeating Curacao 3-2.

Curacao pounded out 11 hits in the game, but they could only scratch out 2 runs against the Cuba staff. But it was the defense that was the downfall. Curacao allowed only 1 earned run committing 3 errors in the game.

Cuba got on the board in the first. Curacao starter Marverich Lourens lasted just 1.1 innings. While he did not give up a hit, and only 1 earned run, he walked 5, threw a crucial wild pitch, and hit a batter. After getting an out, Lourens walked the next two hitters. He then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the runners to move up a base. Cuba clean up hitter Osvaldo Vazquez drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Lourens would get out of the inning despite walking another and hitting a batter.

Curacao would tie it up in the 3rd inning scoring an unearned run of its own. But the string of unearned runs would continue in the bottom of the 3rd as Cuba would regain the lead scoring its second run of the game. After Vazquez walked, he moved to third on an error by Curacao second baseman and would wind up scoring on a ground out to third. Cuba would add another unearned run in the bottom of the 5th making it 3-1, but Curacao wasn’t done.

In the top of the 9th, Curacao strung together 3 singles to score a run cutting the lead to one. But with runners at first and second, Ardley Jansen, who went 3-for-5 in the game, flew out to end the threat and the game.

World Port Tournament Top Performers:

Curacao:

Shurendell Mujica went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI.

Rojean Cleofa went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Temesh Lourns pitched 4.2 innings in relief allowing 2 unearned runs but took the loss.

Cuba:

Edilse Silva was the only hitter with more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Yoalkis Crus pitched 8 innings allowing just 1 unearned run to pick up the win. He gave up 8 hits and struck out 6.

Alexander Rodriguez picked up the save pitching the 9th despite giving up a run.

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2017 World Port Tournament Schedule


The 2017 edition of the World Port Tournament is almost upon us. Five teams will compete for the title including Cuba, Curacao, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and host Netherlands. The tournament starts on July 1 as Cuba will look to defend its title once again.

Each team will play the other four teams in pool play before the playoff round begins based on the seeding from pool play.

Historically the Netherlands and Cuba have dominated the tournament. Cuba has won the most medals (13) and golds (9) over the course of the history of the tournament. The Dutch rank second in medals (12) and tied for second in golds (2). The last two editions of the tournament has seen Cuba defeat the Netherlands in the championship. Over the last ten additions of the event Cuba has been in the championship each time, winning eight of those.

The Dutch will field a lot of names that more and more people have become familiar with over the course of the past decade. Pitchers included Diego Markwell, Rob Cordemans, Loek Van Mil, Mike Bolsenbroek, and others that have a lot of international experience, including the World Baseball Classic.

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule:

July 1
Curacao vs Cuba
Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 2
Netherlands vs Curacao
Cuba vs Japan

Monday July 3
Cuba vs Chinese Taipei
Curacao vs Japan

Tuesday July 4
Japan vs Chinese Taipei
Netherlands vs Cuba

Wednesday July 5
Chinese Taipei vs Curacao
Japan vs Netherlands

Thursday July 6
Game A: No. 4 vs No. 3
Game B: No. 2 vs No. 1

Friday July 7
Game C: A Loser vs No. 5
Game D: B Winner vs A Winner (winner to championship)

Saturday July 8
Game E: Loser C vs Loser of D (4th & 5th place)
Game F: Loser D vs Winner C (winner to championship)

Sunday July 9
Championship Game Winner F vs Winner D

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World Port Tournament Unveils New Logo for 2015


The World Port Tournament recently unveiled its new logo via Twitter.

The 2015 edition of the biannual tournament will take place from July 18-26th in Rotterdam. The participating teams will be the Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Curacao, and Japan who will replace the USA who pulled out recently.

The tournament also recently received sanction from the WBSC and it will release a newly updated site next week.

 

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Japan Replaces USA in 2015 World Port Tournament


Team USA has pulled out of the biannual World Port Tournament for 2015. Due to a full schedule Team USA has decided it will not participate. Japan will replace them in Rotterdam for the biannual event.

The four other teams participating will be the host Netherlands, Curacao, Cuba, and Chinese Taipei. The 2015 tournament will take place in Rotterdam from June 18-26.

This will be only Japan’s third time in the tournament that has been dominated by Cuba over the years. However, the hosts have won two of the last three events including 2013.

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Cuba Claims 2013 World Port Title with Win Over the Netherlands


The 2013 World Port Tournament finished up earlier today with the championship match between the world’s #1 ranked Cuba against the host Netherlands.

The two teams split their first two matches with the Dutch winning the first game 7-0 but falling in the second game 4-0. Heading into the final day of the round robin play on Saturday, three teams were sitting at 3-2 in Cuba, Netherlands, and Chinese Taipei.

Cuba defeated Curacao 11-0 to finish at 4-2 and earn a spot in the championship. Then it came down to the winner of the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei to see who would face Cuba.

The Dutch got a great performance out of Diegomar Markwell who tossed 8.2 innings of shutout ball to pitch the Netherlands into the championship game.

So it was all set. Cuba against the Netherlands for the 2013 World Port Tournament Championship.

Cuba 4, Netherlands 0

Wilber Perez was outstanding on the hill for Cuba. He pitched 5.1 innings allowing just two hits to earn the win. Rasiel Iglesias came on to finish off the game and earn the save. Iglesias tossed 3.2 innings allowing just one hit and striking out four.

The Dutch bats were silenced by Cuba’s arms, but the Cuban bats showed up. Rob Cordemans didn’t pitch bad, but he got no support. He allowed four runs, just two earned, in 7.2 innings.

Alexander Malleta had a great day at the plate for Cuba. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Andy Ibanez chipped in with three singles, which was equal to what the entire Dutch team had, going 3-for-5. Jose Miguel Fernandez and Yadiel Hernandez both scored a run and went 2-for-4.

As a team Cuba led the tournament in every major category. They had the best ERA (1.73), team batting average (.276), and fielding percentage (.991) committing only two errors.

It was the ninth gold medal for Cuba, and thirteenth overall. The Dutch earned its eleventh medal and sixth silver.

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WPT: Cuba and Chinese Taipei Pick Up Wins on Day Four; Lead Tournament


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

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WPT: Curacao and Netherlands Play Ten Inning Thriller


On Tuesday at the 2013 World Port Tournament there was only one game on the schedule. The host Netherlands played against the win-less Curacao team.

Both teams got great pitching performances from their starters. David Bergman went six innings allowing just one run on six hits for the Dutch. He struck out six Curacao batters but didn’t come away with the win.

Curacao starter Nick Veltkamp tossed six innings as well. He gave up two unearned runs on five hits while striking out five. But he too didn’t come away with the win. That’s because the bullpens would decide the outcome in extra innings.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Edinho Meyer came on as a pinch-hitter and he came up big. With two outs and runners at first and second, Meyer came up with a single to drive in the tying run. After neither team scored in the ninth, the game went to the tenth inning. And Meyer came up again.

Again with runners at first and second, Meyer once again came through. This time he came up with a walk off single to center field to end the game and put Curacao in the win column with a 3-2 win.

Kevin Kelly picked up the win tossing four innings of scoreless relief. He struck out six and allowed only three hits.

Johannes Gregorius had a big day at the plate for Curacao going 4-for-5 and stealing a base.

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

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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

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World Port Tournament Opens with Wins from Cuba and Netherlands


As Prague Baseball Week and the Swiss Alpine Cup were winding down, another big tournament was just kicking off over in Rotterdam, Netherlands – the World Port Tournament.

This  year the WPT features just four teams, but they are some of the strongest in the world including the #1 ranked team from Cuba. Also playing are Chinese Taipei, Curacao and the host Netherlands.

Even before the tournament kicked off it was drawing attention from the world of baseball as a Cuban pitcher, Odrisamer Despaigne, defected on the flight to the Netherlands as the team make a stopover in Paris. This is the third straight time a Cuban player has defected at the WPT, which is played every two years.

The 2013 edition of the WPT kicked off with Cuba facing off with Curacao with Cuba starting off with a 3-0 victory. Cuban starter Ismel Jimenez pitched great tossing eight shutout innings. He gave up just six hits, walked one, and struck out ten to pick up the win. Rasiel Iglesias came in to pick up the save with a scoreless ninth.

Andy Ibanez had a great day at the plate for Cuba. He went 3-for-4 scoring twice. Yulieski Gourriel knocked in a run and scored once going 2-for-3 with a triple.

Raydell Isabella pitched well for Curacao tossing a complete game. He gave up just three runs (one run) on seven hits.

Game 2 saw the host Netherlands take on the defending champion Chinese Taipei.

Chinese Taipei jumped out in the third inning with a pair of runs to take an early lead. But that was it. The Netherlands came back in the fourth to take the lead and they would add on for a 7-2 win.

Diegomar Markwell picked up the win for the Dutch tossing seven innings giving up just two runs on eight hits.

Markwell got offensive support from a few sources. Lead off hitter Roeland Henrique may have went hitless, but he did his job by getting on base with three walks. Stijn van der Meer followed him up in the line up by picking up a pair of hits going 2-for-5. Hitting third was Danny Rombley who also went 2-for-5 scoring a pair of runs.

All three of these hitters set the table for the cleanup man, Bryan Englehardt who came through. Englehardt went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two RBI, and two runs scored.

Lin Wang-wei had a nice day at the plate for Chinese Taipei. The left fielder went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Hsieh Jung-hao took the loss lasting just four innings while allowing three runs on six hits.

2013 World Port Tournament Schedule:

Monday July 1
14:00 Chinese Taipei vs Curacao
19:30 Cuba vs Netherlands

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

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Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne Defects During Flight to the Netherlands


Once again a Cuban player has used the World Port Tournament to defect. The tournament has seen this the past two times it was played as well (Aroldis Chapman in 2009 and Gerardo Concepcion in 2011).

This time it was 26-year old Odrisamer Despaigne did the same thing during a layover in Paris at Charles de Gaulle Airport. The team suspects that Despaigne traveled to Spain where his father lives.

Despaigne just finished up his sixth season in the Cuban National Series where he pitched for the Industriales. This past season he pitched 143 innings striking out 98. He posted a 3.27 ERA and a 10-5 record.

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Netherlands: 2013 World Port Tournament Schedule Announced; Cuba to be Fourth Team


Cuba has been announced as the fourth team at the 2013 World Port Tournament.

Cuba will join Curacao, Chinese Taipei, and host Netherlands in the 2013 edition of the tournament. The tournament will be played in Rotterdam from June 30 to July 7.

The bi-annual tournament also released the schedule with Cuba and Curacao kicking it off on Sunday June 30.

2013 WPT Schedule:

Sunday June 30
2:00 pm – Cuba vs Curacao
7:30 pm – Netherlands vs Chinese Taipei

Monday July 1
2:00 pm – Chinese Taipei vs Curacao
7:30 pm – Cuba vs Netherlands

Tuesday July 2
7:30 pm – Curacao vs Netherlands

Wednesday July 3
2:00 pm – Curacao vs Chinese Taipei
7:30 pm – Netherlands vs Cuba

Thursday July 4
7:30 pm – Chinese Taipei vs Cuba

Friday July 5
2:00 pm – Chinese Taipei vs Cuba
7:30 pm – Netherlands vs Curacao

Saturday July 6
2:00 pm – Curacao vs Cuba
7:30 pm – Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 7
2:00 pm Final

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2013 World Port Tournament News


ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – The 2013 edition of the World Port Tournament will only feature four teams. The bi-annual international baseball tournament will feature host Netherlands, defending champion Chinese Taipei, and Curacao.

The final team for the tournament will either be the USA or Cuba. The final team should be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2013 edition of the tournament has been shortened by three days, thus the limiting of the teams to only four. Each team will play six games.

The WPT takes place from June 30 to July 7 at Familie Stadium in Rotterdam.

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2011 World Port Tournament – Taiwan Wins Title


THE NETHERLANDS – Taiwan and Cuba needed extra innings to declare a winner on Sunday in the 2011 World Port Tournament at Family Stadium in Rotterdam. An 11th inning RBI single by Huang Chih-pei game Taiwan the title. Taiwan finished the tournament with an impressive 8-1 mark, including 3 wins over Cuba.

The game went back and forth with Cuba taking a 2-0 lead after 3 and a half innings. Taiwan got a run back in the 4th and then jumped out to a 4-3 lead with a 3 run 5th inning. Wei Thing Lin drove in 3 runs with a double for Taiwan in the 5th, but Cuba quickly tied it up in the top of the 7th.

Yassel Puig (3-for6) was a home run shy of the cycle for Taiwan. Lin Chen-hua picked up the win in relief.

Yadier Pedroso picked up the loss going 6 innings in relief on just 1 day’s rest.

This was the first title for Taiwan after having finished 2nd twice and 3rd 3 times.

RESULTS:

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 08 01 Won 3
Cuba 05 04 Lost 1
Netherlands 05 03 Won 1
Curacao 02 06 Lost 5
Germany 01 07 Lost 2

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 8 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS – Germany got in the win column pounding out 12 runs on 10 hits against Curacao on Thursday. The German pitching staff gave up only 5 hits in shutting down the Curacao bats. In the second game of the day, Taiwan continued its winning ways with a victory over Cuba.

Germany 12, Curacao 2 (8)

Germany ended its losing streak by defeating Curacao. Curacao jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but that’s all they would get. In the first inning, Sascha Lutz led off the game for Germany with a double to left center. He would score an unearned run on an error by the catcher putting Germany up 1-0. The lead wouldn’t last for long. In the bottom half of the first, Curacao would get two runs. Heinrich Martina (0-for-2) got hit to start the inning but was quickly picked off of first base. Curacao would get a run after a walk, a single, and an error on a fielder’s choice. The second run came on a single by Levi Carolus (1-for-2). That was it for Curacao. They would leave the bases loaded and not plate another run.

However, Germany kept the bats rolling. They would get 4 runs in the 3rd inning to go up 5-2 and they never looked back. They would score 4 more runs in the 5th. Then they would add a single run in the 6th, 7th, and 8th. Center fielder Sascha Lutz set the table going 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored and a RBI. Jendrick Speer added 3 RBI going 3-for-4.

Daniel Hinz went only a third of an inning allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Dominik Hartinger came in to pitch the rest of the game going 7.2 innings giving up 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4 to pick up the win.

Taiwan 4, Cuba 1

Cuba needed to win to keep pace with The Netherlands. It was looking good until the bottom of the 7th. Cuba got a run in the 3rd inning after Rusney Castillo doubled with one out. He was quickly sent home via a Yoilan Cerce single up the middle. Yosvani Torres kept the Taiwan bats at bay for 6 innings, but didn’t have the answer in the 7th.

Taiwan finally got to Torres in the 7th inning getting 4 runs. They started the inning off with back-to-back singles from right fielder Lin (2-for-4) and Wei Chih Chen (2-for-4). After a ground out, Han Lin (0-for-3) was intentionally walked to load the bases. The next batter Kuan Wei Yang (3-for-5) quickly tied the score with a RBI single. After Cuba pulled Torres, Chih Pei Huang (1-for-5) drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. Another single loaded the bases and then Tsung Han Yu (2-for-4) singled to center driving in a pair of runs to put Taiwan up 4-1.

Torres lasted 6.1 innings giving up 4 runs on 11 hits and 1 walk to take the loss. Yu Hsun Chen tossed 8 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 3 to pick up the win. Yu Ching Lin tossed the 9th inning to pick up the save.

With the win, Taiwan earns a trip to the finals on Sunday. Cuba will need a victory over The Netherlands on Friday to stay in the hunt for the finals.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Friday, July 1:
14:00 Taiwan – Germany
19:00 Cuba – Netherlands

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 06 01 Won 1
Netherlands 04 02 Won 2
Cuba 03 03 Lost 1
Curacao 02 05 Lost 4
Germany 01 05 Won 1

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 7 Recap


THE NETHERLANDS –  Cuba got some payback against Curacao with a 1-0 win on Wednesday avenging their loss from last Friday. In game 2 of the day, The Netherlands handed Taiwan its first loss of the tournament.

Cuba 1, Curacao 0

Dalier Honajosa allowed only a single hit in 7.1 innings while walking 1 to pick up the win. Cuba got its only run on a Yordanis Samon sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th. That’s all Cuba needed behind Honajosa’s pitching. Raydel Isabella pitched great as well but took the loss giving up 1 run on 8 hits in 8 innings of work.

Netherlands 4, Taiwan 2

Taiwan was dealt its first loss as they dropped Wednesday nights contest to the Dutch. The Netherlands jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd with a run, then forged ahead by a score of 4-0 with 3 runs in the 4th inning. Michael Duursma and Shaldimar Daantji had RBI singles in the 4th to help the Dutch take down the surprising Taiwanese team. Diegomar Markwell went 6 innings allowing a run on 6 hits and 2 walks to pick up the victory. Wei Chung Wang was touched up for 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in 3.1 innings taking the loss.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS:

Thursday, June 30:
14:00 Curacao – Germany
19:00 Taiwan – Cuba

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 05 01 Lost 1
Netherlands 04 02 Won 2
Cuba 03 02 Won 2
Curacao 02 04 Lost 3
Germany 00 05 Lost 5

 

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2011 World Port Tournament Day 6 Recap


THE NETHERLANS – Taiwan’s bats went off on Tuesday bashing out 19 runs to whip Curacao and continue their unbeaten streak. Germany dropped another game in a rain shortened match with the host Dutch team and continue in search of its first win.

Taiwan 19, Curacao 1 (7)

The second match up for these two countries was even more lopsided than the first. Taiwan jumped out with 7 runs in the 1st inning and didn’t look back from there scoring 5 in the 2nd and 6 in the 3rd. Han Lin and Wei Thing Lin both hit home runs while Yu Kin Huang and Chih Pei Huang both drove in 4 runs apiece. Quincy Martina kept Curacao from being shutout with a solo home run in the 7th inning.

Germany 1, The Netherlands 6 (6)

The game was interrupted in the first inning for 2 hours because of rain. Then rain caused the game to be called midway through the 6th inning. Leon Boyd picked up the win going 5 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk. Dwayne Kemp drove in a couple runs for the Dutch. Bjoern Schonlau drove in the lone run for the German squad with a RBI single in the 5th inning.

World Port Tournament

Team Won Lost Streak
Taiwan 05 00 Won 5
Netherlands 03 02 Won 1
Curacao 02 03 Lost 1
Cuba 02 02 Won 1
Germany 00 05 Lost 5

 

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