NPB Central League - Top Players for Each Team

August 3rd, 2015

Yesterday myworld listed the best offensive players, the aces and the top foreign players for each team in the Pacific League. Today we will go through the Central League, mired in mediocrity with only nine games separating the first and last place teams.

Yakult Swallows (49-46-1)

Top Offensive Player - Their top player is probably Wladimir Balentien, but he has been injured much of the year. Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (.283, 21, 75) leads the Central League in RBIs but the most consistent hitter is Tetsuto Yamada (.330, 24, 64). His 82 runs scored also leads the Central League. Combined, those two are making up for the loss of Balentien.

Ace - Tough to find an ace here. Yasuhiro Ogawa (6-6, 3.50) leads the team in innings pitched (100) and is tied for the team lead in wins. His 82 whiffs is also tops on the team.

Best Foreign Player - A three headed bullpen that controls the game after the sixth inning. Logan Ondrusek (4-2, 2.77, 19 holds) and Orlando Roman (2-1, 1.67, 21 holds) builds the bridge to closer Tony Barnette (1-0, 0.64, 27 saves).

Yomiuri Giants (50-47-1)

Top Offensive player - Last year Hisayoshi Chono (.245, 11, 35) but he has struggled this year. Shinnosuke Abe (.244, 9, 25) has seen age catch up to him. Hayato Sakamoto (.283, 8, 47) is having the best year of Giant hitters, leading the team in RBIs. No real superstar on this team identified as the Yankees of major league baseball.

Ace - Tomoyuki Sugano (8-6, 1.58) leads the Central League in ERA, giving him the edge over foreign pitchers Miles Mikolas (7-3, 2.10) and Aaron Poreda (6-5, 3.20).

Best Foreign Player - Miles Mikolas. Scott Mathieson (3-5, 2.21, 19 holds) has been a successful setup man for a number of years but a starter is more valuable.

Hanshin Tigers (48-46-1)

Top Offensive Player - Mauro Gomez (.278, 12, 48) and Matt Murton (.273, 5, 39) are having down years compared to their previous years. Takashi Toritani (.270, 4, 26) plays every day. The top player who is finally living up to his multi year contract is Kosuke Fukudome (.269, 15, 49). He has been the most productive this year.

Ace - Shintaro Fujinami (8-5, 2.79) has the best stuff on this staff, but the veteran Randy Messenger (7-8, 3.00) is the veteran presence. Fujinami (135) and Messenger (122) are 1/2 in strikeouts in the Central League.

Best Foreign Player - Randy Messenger.

Hiroshima Carp (43-48-1)

Top Offensive Player - No real dominating player. Yoshihiro Maru (.249, 12, 44) is the most productive hitter with 60 walks showing off his patience.

Ace - The major leagues ignored the free agency of Kenta Maeda (8-7, 2.42) but the Carp are glad to have him.

Best Foreign Player - Khris Johnson (8-5, 2.20) has better numbers than Maeda, but does not yet have the swag.

DeNA Yokohama Bay Stars (45-51-1)

Top Offensive Player - Yulieski Gouriel chose to stay in Cuba because of injury rather than honor his contract with the Bay Star team. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (.321, 15, 63) leads the team in RBIs.

Ace -The Tigers lack an ace but Shoichi Ino (4-7, 3.15) is the only pitcher above 100 innings pitched (114.1)

Best Foreign Player - The Giants did not have any room for him so when he was released the Tigers signed him to a contract. Jose Lopez (.284, 16, 44) has become their best foreign player.

Chunichi Dragons (40-54-2)

Top Offensive Player - Hector Luna (.305, 7, 45) is struggling giving the nod to Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (.321, 15, 63).

Ace - Yudai Ono (9-6, 144.2) leads in innings pitched (144.2) and it is always impressive to have more wins than losses when playing for a last place team.

Best Foreign Player - Luna

Under 12 All World Team

August 3rd, 2015

The WBSC named the All World Team so we will not come up with a separate list. Myworld will add to the Under 12 All World Team by choosing four starting pitchers and four relievers, plus a DH. The WBSC listed a starting pitcher as the best relief pitcher.

Catcher - Tokiharu Nishioka (Japan) .350, 0, 8 - 50 percent success rate in caught stealing
First Base - Ping-En Wu (Taiwan) .520, 1, 14 with 10 runs scored and 5 doubles
Second Base - Alejandro Zamora (Cuba) .400, 0, 2 with 8 runs scored and 10 for 11 in stolen bases
Third Base - Hao-Yu lee (Taiwan) .500, 0, 7 with 10 runs scored
Shortstop - Pedro Hernandez (Mexico) .434, 0, 8
Outfield - Zachary Torres (united States) .522, 1, 6 with 14 runs scored
Outfield - Jack Ryan (United States) .545, 3, 13 with 14 runs scored
Outfield - Chun Yang (Taiwan) .429, 1, 8 with 14 runs scored
Designated Hitter - Elian Rayo (Nicaragua) .409, 2, 8 with 10 runs scored and 7 for 7 in stolen bases

Starting Pitchers
Lesther Medrano (Nicaragua) 1-0, 0.00, 12 IP
Nicholas Kurtz (United States) 2-0, 0.41, 14.2 IP
Naoki Ito (Japan) 0-1, 0.45, 13.1 IP in 5 starts, 18 K’s
Fidel Loaisiga (Nicaragua) 2-0, 0.62, 9.2 IP)

Relief Pitchers

Olston Rayo (Nicaragua) 0.00 with 2 saves
Ping-En Wu (Taiwan) 0.00, 2-0 with 1 save
Luis Suisbel (Venezuela) 0.00, 2-0
Marcel Villareyna (Nicaragua) 0.00 with 1 save, completed two shutouts
Brady House (United States) 0.67, 2-0

NPB Pacific League - Top Players for Each Team

August 3rd, 2015

Myworld thought we would take a look at the NPB Pacific League and review the top offensive players for each team and the aces for their pitching staff. The Softbank Hawks are running away with the division and the Nippon Ham Fighters have a comfortable second place standing. The fight appears to be for the last playoff spot between the last four teams, though a 12 game losing streak by the Seibu Lions have dropped them to fourth place.

Softbank Hawks (59-29-3)

Top Offensive player - This is a team with a number of stars. The Korean Dae-Ho Lee is having one of his better years (.313, 20, 62), third on the team in homeruns and RBIs. Nobuhiro Matsuda (.296, 22, 63) leads the team in homeruns and RBIs. In the past their best player was Seiichi Uchikawa (.300, 8, 56) but he is having a down year, especially when it comes to power. The top player on the team is Yuki Yanagita (.360, 21, 63), who leads the team in runs scored with 70 and stolen bases with 20. He is second in the league in hitting and at 26 years old will only get better.

Ace Pitcher - Jason Stanridge (9-6, 3.58) is tied for the team lead in wins but Shota Takeda (9-4, 3.08) has the lower ERA with his 111 whiffs third in the Pacific League.

Top Foreign Player - Dennis Sarfarte (3-0, 1.01, 27 saves) has been a dominant closer for the Hawks, but Lee has provided the offense from the cleanup spot and gets the nod.

Nippon Ham Fighters (53-40-1)

Top Offensive Player - Sho Nakata (.256, 24, 69) may not be hitting for a high average, but no player on the team has as many homeruns or RBIs.

Ace Pitcher - At 20 years old Shohei Otani (11-1, 1.79) may be the best pitcher in baseball. This would easily place him as the best for the Fighters. His 124 whiffs is second in the Pacific League but he is only five strikeouts behind the league leader with 28 innings less pitched. As a starter he hits three digits with his fastball, sitting between 95-97.

Top Foreign Player - Luis Mendoza (6-5, 2.87) has been the most consistent. Brandon Laird (.210, 19, 58) is second on the team in homeruns and RBIs, but his low batting average and 84 whiffs creates too much inconsistency.

Chibba Lotte Marines (45-45-1)

Top Offensive Player - He arrived late in the season and took off to represent his country in the Pan Am games, but Alfredo Despaigne (.258, 13, 38) has not been a disappointment when he is in the lineup. In Cuba he walks more than he whiffs, but in Japan where he sees better pitching the walk to whiff ratio (20/48) is a little less impressive.

Ace Pitcher - Dae-Eun Rhee (9-2, 3.57) has been used as a starter and also in relief, but in his second season Ayumu Ishikawa (8-7, 3.49) has two complete game shutouts and his 116 innings is tops on the team.

Top Foreign Player - Despaigne.

Seibu Lions - Shogo Akiyama (.378, 9, 31) leads the team in runs scored with 70 and is tops in the Pacific League in batting average, but the top homerun and RBI hitter Takeya Nakamura (.284, 30, 96) plays on this team.

Ace Pitcher - The Lions would like to see Yusei Kikuchi (5-6, 3.11) emerge as the ace but Kazuhisa Makita (5-7, 2.87) eats up the innings and is tops among the starters in ERA.

Top Foreign Player - Ernesto Mejia (.208, 17, 54) is having a productive year but far short of his consistency last year. Unfortunately for the Lions it has been a desert when it comes to success for their foreign signings.

Rakuten Golden Eagles (41-49-3)

Top Offensive Player - Motohiro Shima (.220, 3, 14) appeared to have promise of being an offensive oriented catcher, but that has not come to fruition this year. Foreign signings have not provided consistent production. Kaz Matsui (.270, 9, 39) with his paltry 39 RBIs is leading an offensively challenged team. Ginji Akaminai (.318, 0, 19) has been injured most of the year, but hits for little power for a first baseman, but his high batting average makes him an offensive force.

Ace Pitcher - Takahiro Norimoto (6-8, 3.23) leads the Pacific League in whiffs (129) and innings pitched (128). He also has recorded three complete games.

Top Foreign Player - Rhiner Cruz (0.63 ERA and 19 holds) has been a pretty good set-up alternative to closer Yuki Matsui (2-1, 0.56, 22 saves)

Orix Buffaloes (39-53-2)

Top Offensive Player - Not a lot to choose from. Hiroyuke Nakajima (.269, 7, 3) has name recognition after coming over from the major leagues (where the minor leagues was his home) but Ryoichi Adachi (.249, 9, 39) leads the team in RBIs and runs scored (43).

Ace Pitcher - This team thrives on its pitching and Brandon Dickson (8-8, 2.20) is the ace. His 114 innings pitched leads the team.

Best Foreign Player - Dickson.

Norris Tames Oriole Bats

August 2nd, 2015

Other than a solo shot to Chris Davis, recent acquisition Danny Norris gave Tiger fans hope for the future with seven plus innings of one run ball in their 6-1 win over the Orioles. J.D. Martinez gave Norris some cushion with his three run homer in the first for a 3-0 lead before Norris even took the mound.

Ubaldo Jimenez usually has a bad start when he walks a number of batters. He only walked one batter today, but he had seven three ball counts. His one walk was in the first inning to put two runners on base. With two out J.D. Martinez launched a ball into the center field bullpen for a three run homer. It was his 29th homer of the season.

The Orioles got to Daniel Norris for a walk and single to start the second inning, putting two runners on base with no outs. J.J. Hardy attempted to bunt, popped it up and Norris made a diving catch. The next hitter Jimmy Paredes swung at the first pitch and grounded into a double play to second to end the threat.

Chris Davis gave some hope to the O’s fans with a solo shot into the right field bleachers in the fourth. For Davis it was his 26th homer of the season. The Orioles would get only one more baserunner for the remainder of the game and he would be immediately erased on a double play.

Ubaldo Jimenez was sharp after the first inning, retiring the next 12 hitters. With two out Rajai Davis blooped one over first, hustled to second to turn the hit into a double. Nolan Reimold retrieved the ball, fired to second, but hit the ducking Jonathan Schoop, allowing Davis to race to third. Anthony Gose singled to right past a diving Schoop to get the run back. He stole second and third, Ubaldo paying little attention to him when he was on second. Jose Iglesias then took advantage of the shallow outfield, lining a triple over the head of Adam Jones. Ian Kinsler drove in the third run of the inning with a single into right field that finally ended the day for Jimenez.

Jorge Rondon pitched well in relief. In the seventh Gose singled then advanced to third on a wild pitch when Wieters seemed a little too casual retrieving the ball. Adam Jones bailed him out when Iglesias lofted one to center. Gose tagged and Jones threw a one bounce strike to home that easily nailed Gose.

After the Davis homerun Norris retired the next 12 hitters. When he gave up a one out hit to Schoop in the eighth the day was done for Norris. Bruce Rondon came on to pitch, threw two 98 mile per hour fastballs, the second one Nolan Reimold grounded to short for a 6-4-3 double play.

Alex Wilson, who was name by Brad Ausmus as the Tigers closer, retired the O’s in order in the ninth to close out the victory, even though he was not credited with the save.

Game notes: Jonathan Schoop was generously given a hit after Nick Castellanos dropped a ground ball in which he had to take a couple steps to his left. It was a play an average third baseman should have made…Norris was consistently at 91-92 miles per hour, not overpowering but very economical with his pitches. He threw strikes…Ubaldo Jimenez is starting to look like the horrible Jimenez of last year, giving up at least six runs in three of his last four starts. He does not throw strikes but the Orioles are stuck with him after signing him as a free agent to a long term contract.

United States Wins Under 12 Championship; Nicaragua Takes Bronze

August 2nd, 2015

Taiwan gave the 11,000 in attendance some hope scoring runs in the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead. The United States erupted for five runs in the third to take the wind out of their celebrations. Jack Ryan roped an RBI double and Davis Diaz slugged a two run homerun to drive in three of the five runs. Jack Ryan also went deep with a solo shot in the fifth, his third homerun of the tournament to up the lead to 6-2. Diaz ripped an RBI single in the sixth inning for his third RBI of the game and the last run in the 7-2 win.

Nicholas Kurtz went five innings to get the win. Daniel Corona retired Taiwan in order in the sixth to close out the game, after getting battered for four runs against Taiwan in his previous outing against them. Hao-En Chen ripped two of the four Taiwan hits with an RBI to provide what little offense Taiwan could muster against the two United States pitchers. This after scoring 11 runs the last time these two teams met. The United States wins the gold while for the second year in a row Taiwan has to settle for the silver.

The last time Nicaragua faced Cuba it was considered an upset after Elian Rayo limited Cuba to one hit in five innings of work in a 4-0 win. This time it was Emilio Rostran who shut out the Cubans in five innings, limiting them to four hits in their 2-0 win. The best chance for Cuba to score was in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.

Nicaragua scored all the runs they needed in the third inning with the Rayo brothers providing the fireworks. Olston Rayo was hit by a pitch to begin the inning, advanced to second on a balk and to third on a wild pitch. He scored the first run on a ground out. Elian Rayo drove in the second run by getting the only hit in the inning, a ringing double to right center.

After giving up a leadoff single in the sixth, Marcel Villareyna retired the next three hitters to close out the victory. Nicaragua surprises with the bronze.

Myworld will provide our All Tournament team on Monday. The boxscores for the two games can be found at the link below:

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Thunder End Bay Sox Six Game Winning Streak

August 2nd, 2015

Last year when we watched the Trenton Thunder play, an affiliate of the New York Yankees in AA, we were pretty impressed with their prospects Greg Bird, Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Judge. Those players are now in AAA and a new batch of players have replaced them. They are not nearly as talented as the bunch we watched last year.

They did end the Bay Sox six game winning streak with a 6-4 win, jumping on starting pitcher Elih Villanueva for three runs in the first inning. Those runs proved to be too much for the Bay Sox to overcome. Mark Payton drove in one run with a single and Francisco Arcia drove in two runs with a single. The Bay Sox Brandon Snyder cut off the throw from right fielder Quincy Lattimore, faked a throw to third to catch Arcia leaning toward second. The throw from Snyder easily beat Arcia scrambling back to first.

The Bay Sox whittled the lead to one run with two runs in the third. Trey Mancini sneaked a ball into the right field hole to score Ozzie Martinez from second. A wild pitch by Jaron Long advanced Mancini to second. Brandon Snyder lined a single into right center scoring Corban Joseph from third. The third base coach waved Mancini home and Mark Payton easily gunned him down at the plate.

The Thunder got the runs back in the top of the fifth. Two infield singles, one a bunt by Danny Oh put runners on first and second with no out. Ali Castillo bounced a single up the middle scoring Jake Cave with his second run scored of the game. Snyder cut the ball off, threw it past the third baseman to allow Oh to score as well. The Bay Sox Drew Dosch was able to retrieve the ball in time to gun down Castillo trying to make it to third.

In the sixth inning Eddy Rodriguez was able to pop one over the left field fence near the foul pole. It was his third homer of the year and ended the day for Villanueva. He had come into the game ninth in the Eastern League in ERA (2.65). The six runs allowed were not enough to drop him out of the top ten in earned run average.

The Bay Sox tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth. It had the potential to be a big inning after David Freitas and Drew Dosch hit back to back singles to put runners on first and third with no outs. Ozzie Martinez bounced a slow chopper in front of the second base bag, but Cito Culver was able to scoop the ball and with a back flip while the ball was nestled loosely in his glove began the double play. Freitas scored on the double play but the rally was squelched.

The Bay Sox scored their last run in the sixth on back to back doubles from Brandon Snyder and Quincy Lattimore. Quincy almost tied the game in the eighth after a Snyder single, his third hit of the game. Lattimore drove one to the warning track in left field but Jake Cave was able to reach it and turned it into a loud out.

Andury Acevedo shut down the Bay Sox for two innings, allowing just two hits. He hit 99 on his fastball, but mostly sat between 95-97. Mark Montgomery lacked the velocity of Acevedo, but still retired the side in order to pick up the save.

Game Notes: As a team Bowie leads the Eastern League in homeruns with 72…The previous night Quincy Lattimore hit a walk off two run homerun to win it for the Bay Sox 4-2. Earlier in the season against Harrisburg he hit a grand slam walk off homerun. He had also hit a homerun against Trenton in the top of the tenth to give the Bay Sox a 3-2 win…A false emergency alarm went off early in the game telling the fans to evacuate. It took some time before the announcer informed the crowd it was a false alarm…The Trenton Thunder third baseman Dan Fiorito did not impress me with his defensive game at third..Culver was a first round pick of the Phillies in 2010, quit baseball to pursue a career in basketball before again returning to baseball. His glove is one of the best in the organization, but his bat is weak. This year he is only hitting .208 but had an 0 for 44 stretch in late May that dropped his average to .112.

Esmil Rogers Finds a Home in Korea

August 1st, 2015

Esmil Rogers had his struggles in the major leagues. A seven year 5.59 ERA does not bode well for survival in the KBO. The Yankees released him after 18 appearances and a 6.27 ERA this year. In the KBO that is an ERA many foreign pitchers in the KBO would be satisfied with, but it will still result in their dismissal. A lot is expected from foreign players coming to the KBO.

The new home for Mister Rogers is Hanwha. The Eagles are still battling for a playoff spot, occupying the last and fifth spot. This year Korea went from four playoff teams to five. The Eagles have a slight one and a half game lead over the Kia Tigers and the SK Wyverns for that fifth and final spot. The Eagles find themselves three and a half games back of the NC Dinos for fourth place.

The average ERA in the KBO for a foreign pitcher is 4.54. Shane Youman was just released by the Eagles to accommodate Mister Rogers and he had an ERA of 4.52, just barely below the average mark. The bar is set high for Esmil.

Some of the pitchers who have failed miserably this year in their attempt to pitch in the KBO:

Phillip Humber 3-3, 6.75
Phil Erwin 1-7, 8.68
Yunesky Maya 2-7, 8.17 and this included a no hitter he pitched this year
Chris Seddon 1-1, 8.78
Andrew Sisco 0-6, 6.23
Anthony Swarzak 2-3, 7.22

Good luck Mister Rogers. This blog will not self destruct for awhile so we will be watching.

For reviewing more pitcher stats in the KBO go to the link below:

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United States Downs Cuba to Play in 12 and Under Championships

August 1st, 2015

There have only been two champions in the Under 12 World Cup. Taiwan won the first event in 2011 but the United States did not compete in that event. The United States took the championship in 2013 while Taiwan finished second. Taiwan got a bit of revenge by beating the United States in the super round 11-6, but that does not give them the championship. That will be played tonight.

United States 6 Cuba 5

The United States got some offense from their big bats Jack Ryan and Zachary Torres to win a nail biter over Cuba. After falling behind early 3-0 the United States team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the second. Torres bashed the clutch two run two out double to give the United States a 4-3 lead. When Cuba tied it at 4-4 it was Jack Ryan with a two run single in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-4.

Brady House pitched the last four innings for the United States team to get the win. He gave up three hits and two runs but retired the Cubans in order in the sixth when the United States team needed it the most. There were 3,000 who attended the game, a pretty good turnout in Taiwan for a game in which the home team was not playing.

Nicaragua 2 Taiwan 1

Taiwan didn’t need to win this game and once the Cuba/United States game was decided Nicaragua knew they would be excluded from the championship match. The game was still played with Nicaragua pulling off the upset. Fidel Loaisiga picked up his second win, mesmerizing the Taiwan bats for only two hits in his four plus innings of work. Olston Ray got the last four outs to close out the victory. Lesther Medrano and Elian Rayo, who got some big wins for Nicaragua with their pitching, each drove in a run to fuel the offense. Even without the loss to Venezuela Nicaragua would have finished in third place after their loss against the United States in pool play. Close to 5,000 were in attendance to watch this game. The Taiwan professional league would be quite happy if they could get similar attendance for their games.

Venezuela 4 Japan 2

Venezuela finished in third place in this event in 2011. Japan finished in third place in 2013. Both had to be disappointed to be eliminated from any medal hopes so early in this year’s event. Japan jumped on Venezuela for two runs on three hits in the first inning. They would only be able to collect three more hits for the remainder of the game. Venezuela bounced back for the remaining four runs. Jeremy Rivas tied the game with his RBI double in the fourth while Luis Medina followed with an RBI single to drive in the go ahead run. Erick Caripa shut down the Japanese bats in the last two innings to pick up the save. Only 300 came to see this game.

In the consolation rounds Mexico won. They defeated second place Korea 5-3. Brazil finished third.

Nicaragua will play Cuba for the bronze medal game. The United States will play Taiwan in the championship game. It would not surprise me if the game was a sellout.

Foreign Players in Cooperstown

August 1st, 2015

It is very frustrating going to baseball sites and failing to access them because they are running long running scripts. Myworld does not have the patience to wait for these long running scripts. So we just won’t sign onto those baseball sites. We signed onto our sight and we are not restricted by long running scripts. So we’ve decided to pause to blog.

With the selection of Pedro Martinez to the Hall of Fame that makes the second Dominican voted in. As of January 2015 there are 310 people selected to the Hall of Fame, 215 of them players. There are not a lot of foreign players myworld could identify voted into the Hall of Fame. One of these days Ichiro Suzuki will become the first player voted into the major league and NPB (Japanese) Hall of Fame but he’s still extending his hit total while lowering his career batting average. Below is the list of foreign players we have identified in Cooperstown. Myworld has included Puerto Rico because in international events they can form their own team. They also have a different national anthem and flag they display in the Series del Caribe.

Dominican Republic

Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal

Cuba

Martin Dihigo, Jose Mendez and Cristobal Torriente from the Negro Leagues and Tony Perez

Puerto Rico

Roberto Alomar, Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Clemente

Venezuela

Luis Aparacio

Panama

Rod Carew

Netherlands

Bert Blyleven

Canada

Ferguson Jenkins

Hopefully, myworld did not forget anyone.

Taiwan Stuns United States in Under 12 World Cup

July 31st, 2015

The defending champions in the under 12 World Cup have been defeated. Venezuela also comes back to vanquish a still celebrating Nicaragua, who had beaten the powerful Cubans the day before. Cuba knocks Japan out of any championship hope and can still be eligible for a championship run with a victory over the United States. The events spin out in unexpected fashion in Taiwan like a mystery novel, with a number of characters coming forward to bring his team closer to victory. The only certainty is Taiwan will be in the championship. Who they will play is still a mystery.

Taiwan 11 United States 6

Pitching has been a United States strong suit. They lead all teams with a 1.06 ERA. Taiwan came into the game number one in hitting with a batting average of .439. They lead all the teams in runs scored with 67. The hitting won out in this game. Both teams bats were alive in the first two innings with the game tied 5-5. It was Taiwan who broke out at the end, scoring four runs in the top of the sixth to break the game wide open. There were 6,500 celebratory fans after the game. The blue streamers must have been flying.

Carson McKinney could not get out of the first inning. He retired the first hitter on a ground out, gave up a double to Chun Yang, then walked the next four hitters. Thomas Dilandri replaced McKinney, threw a wild pitch to score the third run, walked the next batter to load the bases again and gave up an RBI single to Chun-Yi Yeh to make it 4-0.

The United States also took advantage of the wildness of Hao-En Chen, who also could not survive past the first inning, giving up two walks, two wild pitches and a two run single to Ryan Clifford and an RBI single to Ryan Reuter to chase him from the game. Fortunately for the statisticians the offenses slowed down a bit after that (or the pitching showed a little more control). Taiwan scored a run in the top of the second and Zachary Torres hit a two run homer in the bottom frame to make it 5-5 after two.

Taiwan ran away with the game in the top of the sixth on three straight singles to send Daniel Corona to the showers. Chang-Chou Li drove in two runs with a pinch hit two run double to extend the Taiwan lead to 10-6. Taiwan is in the championship game. The United States must beat Cuba to survive or hope to get in via a tie breaker.

Cuba 5 Japan 2

Cuba got strong relief pitching from Yanquiel Fernandez to bounce back with a win over Japan. Yanquiel worked three plus innings and did not allow a run (though an inherited runner scored on his balk). He struck out seven of the 13 hitters he faced and even contributed an RBI single in the three run third that put Cuba ahead for good. Cuba needs to beat the United States in their last game to have a chance to compete for the championship.

Venezuela 9 Nicaragua 3

Venezuela may be out of a championship run but they have not quit playing. A single by Jeremy Rivas in the top of the sixth and a two base error to allow him to advance to third set up the game tying single from Luis Medina to send the game into extra innings. In the third extra inning (ninth inning) Venezuela erupted for eight runs, aided by six walks from Nicaraguan pitchers and two wild pitches. If not for the error in the sixth Lesther Medrano may have pitched a complete game shutout. He worked seven innings. Nicaragua had a runner thrown out at home in the bottom of the seventh, denying Medrano with an opportunity to pick up the win. Nicaragua needs to beat Japan to be eligible for any play off run. If Cuba beats the United States and they beat Taiwan, they are in by virtue of their win over Cuba. Taiwan really has nothing to play for but pride.

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