Japan Still Number One in Baseball

August 27th, 2016

The World Baseball Softball Confederation has come out with their rankings and Japan remains number one. Below is the top ten countries for baseball:

1. Japan - 5515 points
2. United States - 5453
3. Korea - 4812
4. Taiwan - 4554
5. Cuba - 3813
6. Canada - 2650
7. Venezuela - 2642
8. Mexico - 2637
9. Italy - 2173
10. Netherlands - 2146

Israel WBC Qualifier Roster

August 27th, 2016

There are some interesting players on the roster of the Israeli team for the WBC qualifier to be played in Brooklyn on September 22-25. Below is the Israeli roster.

Right handed Pitchers:

Corey Baker, Brad Goldberg, Tyler Herron, Dean Kremer, Shlomo Lipetz, Jason Marquis, Troy Nieman, Joey Wagman, Josh Zeid

Left Handed Pitchers

Jeremy Bleich, Craig Breslow, Alex Katz, Jared Lakind, R.C. Orlan, Ryan Sherriff,

Catchers

Charlie Cutler, Ryan Lavarnway, Nick Rickles

Infielders

Scott Burcham, Ike Davis, Cody Decker, Nate Freiman, Ty Kelly, Josh Satin,

Outfielders

Zach Borenstein, Blake Gailen, Michael Meyers, Rhett Wiseman

Little League World Series Updates

August 26th, 2016

Latin America (Panama) 3 Asia Pacific (Korea) 2

Panama advanced to the international championship with a 3-2 win over Korea. Esmith Pineda drove in all three runs with his hit in the fifth to overcome a 2-0 deficit.

Asia Pacific (Korea) 7 Mexico 0

The next day Korea got an opportunity for a rematch with Panama after eliminating Mexico. Won-Tae Cho and Sang-Heon Park each pitched three innings of shutout ball, restricting the Mexican bats to just one hit. Se-Um Kwon and Jae-Kyeong Kim each drove in three runs to drive in six of the seven Korean runs.

Mid-Atlantic (New York) 13 Great Lakes (Kentucky) 10

New York scored in all five innings, Jude Abbedessa driving in six runs with his five hits to lead the offense. The Kentucky team scored three in the fifth to take a 13-10 lead, then shut Kentucky out in the last inning to seal the victory.

Southeast (Tennessee) 8 Great Lakes (Kentucky) 4

Tennessee will get to avenge an earlier loss to New York with a win over Kentucky, their second straight loss in the tournament and a trip home. Zach Williams drove in four runs with a grand slam homerun to lead the Tennessee offense.

Scherzer Prevents Orioles Sweep

August 26th, 2016

Since the Washington Nationals came from Montreal they have had 11 Beltway Series. The Orioles lead the series 7-1-3, winning the last five series. The last time the Nationals won was in 2007. The Orioles may not always be the better team when they play the Nationals, but they always seem to clean their clock.

This year was more of the same, with the Orioles winning the first three games of their 11th Beltway Series. With Ubaldo Jimenez facing Max Scherzer most would call this game a foregone conclusion, with Jimezez coming into the game with a major league high 6.94 ERA. Not when the Orioles are facing the Nationals. Max Scherzer was at his best and he needed to be to give the Nationals a 4-0 win over the Orioles and prevent a sweep in the Beltway Series.

The Nationals made Ubaldo look like Clayton Kershaw. Ubaldo usually walks about five batters per game, but in this game he did not walk anyone. In six innings of work the only run he gave up was a Jayson Werth solo shot to the deepest part of the park in centerfield in the fourth inning. That was just the second hit the Nationals had gotten off Ubaldo. He would leave the game after the sixth inning giving up only five hits and working three ball counts to five hitters.

Scherzer was brilliant. He mowed through the Orioles lineup like a knife through pudding, giving up his first hit to Adam Jones in the fourth on a lead off double into the left field corner. In the eighth inning he gave up a leadoff bloop single to Mark Trumbo. In between he struck out 10, seven of those 10 third strikes coming on 0-2 pitches. He was as efficient as can be.

The Nationals finally got their bats working in the eighth inning, the second inning of work for Logan Ondrusek to put this game out of reach. The wonder kid Trea Turner got the rally started by singling up the middle. Jayson Werth also singled up the middle. Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a double down the line, past the diving glove of first baseman Chris Davis. Bryce Harper finished off the rally with a two run double into leftfield on a ball that struck the bottom of the left field fence.

The save opportunity lost Mark Melancon still came in to pitch the ninth. He gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Hyun-Soo Kim, who hit the top of the centerfield wall. After that Melancon retired the next three hitters.

Game Notes: Manny Machado went 0 for 4. He struck out on two 0-2 pitches and then grounded out to third the next two times up on 0-2 counts…Before his single in the ninth Trea Turner pulled a ball that hit the radio booth in left field that was just foul. The ball traveled over the foul pole…Chris Davis came up with a runner on third and two out in the fourth. The Nationals played the shift, giving him a huge amount of real estate along the third base line, where a bunt would easily drive in a run. Chris pulled the ball and grounded out to first…Max Scherzer made a nice between the legs, behind the back snag on a slow roller hit to him in the fifth inning. That will make ESPN highlight reels…Steve Pearce made a nice diving catch down the left field line, robbing Daniel Murphy of a double. The Orioles clearly outperformed the Nationals with the gloves in this series, though Trea Turner made some high light catches in centerfield for the Nationals. Ben who?…Ryan Zimmerman grounded out to the pitcher in the eighth inning with a runner on third and only one out. The Nationals had already taken a 4-0 lead. It would have been nice to up it to 5-0…Ubaldo Jimenez entered the game with the highest ERA of pitchers with at least 90 innings pitched at 6.94, according to MLB.com…The Orioles pinch hit for Adam Jones in the ninth inning when his hamstrings were cramping.

Little League World Series - Day 4

August 24th, 2016

Mexico 7 Canada 1

Mexico bounced out Canada from the Little League World Series. Jose Angel Leal and Milton Gonzalez each drove in two runs to lead the Mexican offense. Victor Juarez struck out seven in his three innings of work to hold the Canadian offense down.

Australia 2 Caribbean (Curacao) 1

Clayton Campbell quieted the Curacao bats, going six innings and striking out 14 to keep the Aussies hopes alive for a Little League championship. Curacao has now been eliminated. Stephen Courtney and Mathew Clements drove in the runs for Australia.

Midwest (Iowa) 3 New England (Rhode Island) 2

Iowa stayed alive rallying for two runs in the final frame to eliminate Rhode Island. Kaiden Dinh drove in two runs to lead the Iowa team to victory. Colin Lemieux took a heart breaking loss. He could not finish it off in the sixth, going 5.1 innings and striking out 13.

Southeast (Tennessee) 4 West (Chula Vista) 2

It took seven innings but Tennessee pulled it out to eliminate Chula Vista.

Draci Brno Wins Czech Championships

August 24th, 2016

They are more dominant than the Yankees were back in the 1950s. Draci Brno won their 20th championship with a 21-9 win over Kotlarka. They were down two games to one in the best of five finals to win three straight. A big 10 run eighth inning put the game five out of reach.

Martin Schneider drove in seven runs with his four hits including a homerun. Michael Ondracek and Jason Jarvis also collected four hits and drove in four runs each with both players going deep in the game.

Kotlarka committed five errors, which only led to two unearned runs and walked seven to ease Draci finding home plate.

Unipol Bologna Wins the Italian Championships

August 23rd, 2016

In a game shortened by rain to six innings Unipol Bologna won the Italian Championships by downing Rimini 2-0. Ryan Searle pitched 4.2 innings of no hit ball, walking just two. Raul Rivero completed the shutout, allowing the only hit of the game for Rimini. Allesandro Vaglio drove in the only two runs of the game with a double in the fourth inning.

The best of seven series went six games. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth after a number of rain delays and the clock striking well after midnight. It was a bit of revenge for Bologna after being swept last year by Rimini in the finals.

Little League World Series - Day 3

August 23rd, 2016

The Sunday games were rained out but they played a series of games on Monday. Below is a summary of those games:

Latin America (Panama) 3 Australia 2

Brent Iredale tied the game at 2-2 driving in two runs in the top of the sixth. Panama scored a run in the bottom frame to win it 3-2. Esmith Pineda was dominant with his 11 whiffs in just five innings of work. Australia finally got their bats working when Panama went to the bullpen in the top of the sixth. Panama is undefeated while Australia was handed their first loss.

Asia- Pacific (Korea) 10 Canada 0

Korea remained undefeated with a hammering of Canada in a game shortened to five innings because of the slaughter rule. Jung-taek Ru drove in four runs to lead the offense and Tou-Bin Choi was about as dominant as you can be from the mound, striking out all 8 hitters he faced.

Mid-Atlantic (New York) 3 Southeast (Tennessee) 1

New York scored two first inning runs that proved to be the difference in the game, Ryan Harlost driving in two runs to give them the victory. Michael Mancini struck out 13, falling two outs short of the six innings to throw a complete game. New York is 2-0 while Tennessee suffered their first loss.

Great Lakes (Kentucky) Midwest (Iowa) 4

Kentucky erupted for 11 runs in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie to stay undefeated after the first two games. For Iowa they suffered their first loss. Spencer Newman spanked out four hits to drive in four runs to lead the offense.

Little League World Series Summary

August 21st, 2016

The Little League World Series got underway over the weekend. Below is a summary of the games.

Latin America (Panama) 10 Mexico 2

Panama put the game away with five runs in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez and Esmith Pineda each drove in three runs to lead the Panama offense. Gonzalez also retired the last five batters in the game.

Australia 3 Italy 1

Clayton Campbell pitched five innings of no hit shutout ball, striking out seven to lead Australia to a victory. He also drove in one run.

Canada 10 Japan 4

Japan was abused by a Canadian team that scored in every inning but the second. Loreto Siniscalchi struck out 13 hitters in his 5.2 innings to lead Canada.

Asia (Korea) 3 Caribbean (Curacao) 0

Korea struck early with two runs in the first and Jun-Ho Jeong pitched four innings of shutout ball, striking out 10 to get the win. Sang-Heon Park worked the last two innings to complete the shutout.

Mexico 12 Italy 7

It was a wild sixth inning with Mexico scoring 8 runs and Italy scoring 6 runs. Isaac Cortez and Alejandro Mar each drove in three runs for Mexico. Italy was eliminated from the tourney.

Curacao 2 Japan 1

Japan was eliminated by Curacao. Jaden Gosepa worked five innings to pick up the win and Nair Jamanika and Donovan Antonia each drove in a run for Curacao.

Mid Atlantic 7 New England 2

Ryan Harlost drove in four runs with the New York team scoring six runs in the first two innings to hammer out the victory.

Southeast 3 Northwest 2

Tennessee rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out their victory, Robert Carroll driving in two runs to get the victory. Zach Williams pitched all six innings to get the victory, striking out 9.

Midwest 5 West 1

The Chula Vista team scored the first run but Iowa rallied for the next five to beat the boys from California.

Great Lakes 11 Southwest 1

Not much of a game, only going five innings because of the 10 run slaughter rule.

New England 8 Northwest 0

Rhode Island eliminated Oregon, Kenny Rix driving in three runs and retiring the last five hitters to lead the victory.

West 5 Southwest 0

Chula Vista eliminated San Antonio, Victor Lizarraga throwing a complete game five hit shutout.

Gurriel Debut Delayed by Rain

August 21st, 2016

The game was supposed to start at 1:30. It was to be the major league debut of Yulieski Gurriel, one of the Cuban stars in the Nacional Series. The game was delayed by 4 and a half hours. Myworld was gone by 3:30 when the United States versus Serbia Olympic gold medal basketball game, which was being displayed on the large video board, had reached half time. The game was also delayed another 30 minutes by another down pour that occurred after just the first inning had been completed.

What myworld missed:

Gurriel went 1 for 2 with a walk, being pinch hit for in the eighth inning by utility player Tony Kemp after experiencing hamstring tightness. He played DH. The last time we saw Gurriel play was in Panama in October 2011 when he played second base for the Cuban national team in the World Cup. His first major league at bat was in the second inning when he singled.

Mark Trumbo hit his major league leading 37th homerun. He will be a free agent next year. It is highly unlikely the Orioles will sign him to an extension, but his bat has enjoyed the short and low fences at Camden Yards. Twenty of his 37 homeruns have been hit at Camden, which is a pretty good balance.

The Houston Astros won 5-3. We have seen a lot of their players having season tickets to their spring training park in Kissimmee. Carlos Correa drove in two runs.

The long delay could not have been ideal for the players. The Orioles offered the fans tickets for another day but myworld’s scheduled is booked through the month of September. This is one reason why the posts have been more sporadic.