First Round Completed in Under 12 World Cup

July 29th, 2015

The first round of the 12 and under World Cup has ended and there have been no real surprises of the teams who advanced.

United States 12 France 1

France jumped to an early 1-0 lead with a run in the opening frame. The lead did not last long with the United States countering with two runs in the bottom frame. The United States exploded for 10 runs in the fourth to put the game away. Zachary Torres led the fleet afoot United States team with three of their 12 stolen bases in the game. Collin Rueter went wild with a 3 for 3 day with three RBIs. The United States has advanced to the second round while France is eliminated.

Taiwan 5 Venezuela 2

Taiwan advanced as the second undefeated team in the tournament. Venezuelan starter Ronier Sanchez shut out Taiwan for the first three innings. Taiwan tied it in the fourth, Hao-Yu Lee driving in two runs with a single. Two Venezuelan errors made both runs unearned. Taiwan scored three more in the fifth to break the tie and pull away from the game, Hsiang Chang doubling down the right field line for two runs. Three walks in the inning helped Taiwan break the tie.

Cuba 5 South Korea 0

Ernesto Cabrera was one out away from a complete game shutout, limiting South Korea to just one hit, a double in the sixth inning. Christopher Perez closed out the scoring with a solo shot in the fifth. Alejandro Zamora scored twice and Arturo Mendoza drove in two runs with a single in the opening frame and a ground out fielder’s choice in the third.

Japan 2 Mexico 1

Japan stayed alive for the second round of the tournament narrowly defeating Mexico. Rintaro Imamura hit a walk off solo shot in the bottom of the sixth to end the game. Imamura walked in the second inning and scored the first run for Japan.

Nicaragua 17 Australia 2

Nicaragua slugged four home runs in their slaughter of Australia, Elian Rayo slugging two for four runs driven in. Lesther Medrano and Luis Romero also went deep for Nicaragua. Nine of the 17 hits for Nicaragua went for extra bases.

Brazil 16 Russia 2

Andrew Sato stole five bases in a 3 for 4 day to score three runs and lead Brazil to an easy victory. Silva Tiburtino was a homerun shy of the cycle driving in three runs.

The four teams advancing from Group A are Taiwan (5-0), Cuba (4-1), Venezuela (3-2) and South Korea (2-3). The two teams not advancing are Brazil (1-4) and Russia (0-5).

The four teams advancing from Group B are United States (5-0), Nicaragua (4-1), Japan (3-2) and Mexico (2-3). The two teams not advancing are Australia (1-4) and France (0-5).

Little League World Series Regional Results

July 27th, 2015

Asia Pacific

Tung Yuan Little League, Taipei City, Taiwan

Australia

Cronulla Little League, Sydney

Caribbean

Los Bravos de Pontezuela Little League, Santiago de los Caballero, Dominican Republic

Europe/Africa

AVRS Secondary School Little League, Kampala, Uganda

Japan

Tokyo Kitasuna Little League, Tokyo

Latin America

Cardenales Little League, Barquisimeto, Venezuela

Mexico

Seguro Social Little League, Mexicali Baja California

The United States regionals and Canada do not play their tournaments until the beginning of August. The Little League World Series does not begin until August 20-30.

For the results of the regionals you can go here:

Little League Regional Results

Nicaragua Downs Mexico in Day Four

July 27th, 2015

Nicaragua 7 Mexico 4

Nicaragua pulled off a big win over Mexico to take the upper hand in their bid for second place in pool play. Fidel Loaisiga limited Mexico to one unearned run in five innings. His bat also spoke big with an RBI single in the third and an RBI double in the fifth. Lesther Medrano had a perfect 3 for 3 day to score twice. Leadoff hitter Pedro Hernandez drove in all the runs for Mexico with an RBI double in the fifth and a three run double in the sixth. With the tying run at the plate in the sixth Nicaragua called on Olston Rayo to get the final two outs to close out the game.

Venezuela 4 South Korea 3

Venezuela rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to knock Korea to 2-2. Mario Melendez smoked a double to right to tie the game and Beycker Barroso laced a walk off single into right center to give Venezuela the victory and improve their record to 3-1. South Korea jumped on Iverson Espinosa for three runs in the first, Sung-Woo Kim driving in the first run with a double and Jun-Woo Shin driving in two with a double. Shin finished the day 3 for 3. Despite the poor start Espinosa was able to shut down South Korea through the fourth inning.

Cuba 4 Brazil 1

Cuba improved to 3-1 but struggled to beat the winless Brazil. Felix Arronde came to play throwing five innings of three hit one run ball. He also contributed a two run single in the second inning that proved to be the difference in the game.

United States 13 Australia 1

The United States remained undefeated with their rout over 1-3 Australia. Riley Yeatman shut down the United States bats for two innings, but a seven run third put the game out of reach. A wild pitch scored the first run but a two run single from Cooper Kinney began the onslaught. Nicholas Kurtz later hit a two run homer in the inning. A five run fifth shortened the game to five innings, Christopher Katz driving in three runs with a double.

Japan 21 France 0

Japan threw five almost perfect innings against a French team, scoring 11 in the fifth to shorten the game to five innings. Asagiro Shina went the first two innings, striking out four of the six hitters he faced and Rintaro Imamura worked the last three, striking out five of the ten hitters he faced. He hit a batter in the sixth to ruin the perfect game. Naoki Ito stole four of the ten bases the Japanese team pilfered off France. Ito scored three times, driving in two on a 3 for 4 day. Tokiharu Nishioka drove in four runs to stoke the offense.

Taiwan 14 Russia 0

Taiwan remained undefeated with their five inning shortened game over Russia.

Pinder with 18 Game Hitting Streak

July 26th, 2015

Chad Pinder smashed four hits yesterday to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. He hit his 20th double and 10th homerun, driving in five runs in the game. During the 18 game hitting streak (30-73) the Athletics 2013 second round supplemental pick has driven in 19 runs with three homeruns.

Carlos Munoz of the Pirates hit three homeruns in one game, driving in four runs and scoring four runs. In an eight game hitting streak Carlos is 21-40 with five homeruns and 14 RBIs. He is hitting .396.

The Blue Jays Dalton Pompey got promoted to AAA after hitting .351 at AA. He has gotten a hit in all nine of his AAA games since his promotion, but a 5 for 6 day bumped that average up to .273. He is now hitting .432 in the nine games with a 7/2 walk to whiff ratio raising his OBA to .523. With the Blue Jays trying to get in the playoff run they could use a bat like that in their outfield. Dalton only hit .193 earlier this year in about 90 major league at bats.

The Padres Travis Jankowski was also recently promoted to AAA. In four games he is 8 for 16 with three doubles and five runs driven in. Travis hit .316 with 23 stolen bases in 73 games with a 36/40 walk to whiff ratio in AA.

The Rays Patrick Leonard had a 4 for 5 game with his sixth homerun to extend his hitting streak to four games. He is now hitting .373 for the month of July. The 2011 fifth round pick slugged 13 homeruns last year.

The Phillies 2015 fourth round pick Kyle Martin had a perfect 4 for 4 day to raise his average to .367. The first baseman has hit for some power with two homeruns.

Another hot Athletic hitter is Shane Conlon with a 4 for 5 day, hitting his first two triples of the year, not bad for a first baseman. Shane has five multiple hit games in his last seven games (16-32) with eight runs driven in. Shane was a 34th round pick of the 2015 draft and at 23 may be a bit old for Rookie ball.

Another rookie ball player, the Royals Luke Willis had a perfect 4 for 4 day to put his average at .333. Like Conlon, Luke was a late round pick (30th) in 2015. For Luke it is his second perfect 4 for 4 game this year.

The Rockies Jordan Patterson had a perfect 3 for 3 day in his ninth game of AA ball. He stole three bases and is now hitting .367 with four consecutive multiple hit games.

The Pirates J.T. Brubaker did not give up his first hit until the sixth inning. The six shutout innings give him 11 over two games. During that time he has only give up three hits while striking out nine. Brubaker was a 2015 sixth round pick.

The Astros got four innings of two hit shutout ball from 2015 draft pick Alex Winkelman. He struck out seven in his relief outing.

United States Beats Canada for Gold in Women’s Pan Am

July 26th, 2015

The United States finished undefeated in the tournament after their 11-3 swamping of Canada in the championship game. The United States jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the opening frame. Sarah Hudek got in trouble in the fourth giving up three runs, but Stacy Piagno retired the last two hitters in the fourth to keep the lead at 5-3 and held the Canadian bats scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Sarah Hudek and Anna Kimbrell each drove in three runs for the United States. Samantha Cobb crossed the plate three times.

Venezuela won the bronze medal. You can review the results of the game here:

women’s results

Cuba Stuns Netherlands to Win Port Tournament

July 26th, 2015

The Netherlands had beaten Cuba twice in the tournament. We’ve seen Cuba be very resilient, almost being eliminated from the Series del Caribe before winning that tournament. They proved resilient again in this tournament winning the championship game 5-3 with Frank Montieth limiting the Dutch bats to just two runs in five plus innings. Miguel Lahera retired four of the five hitters he faced to pick up the save, striking out the last hitter in the eighth with runners on second and third.

Rob Cordemans got the start for the Netherlands and Lourdes Gourriel greeted his first pitch for a double to center. It would lead to the first run for Cuba. Cuba broke it open with three runs on four hits in the fourth. Gourriel led off the fifth with a homerun to give Cuba a 5-1 lead. Cordemans lasted six innings but gave up five runs and nine hits in the loss.

The Netherlands had their opportunities, bunching together 10 hits and five walks. They stranded a runner on base in each inning, totaling 13 runners left on base. The Netherlands stranded runners on second and third with just one out when the next two hitters struck out.

Taiwan and United States Remain Undefeated in Under 12 World Cup

July 26th, 2015

Taiwan 6 Cuba 5

Taiwan was able to score a run in the extra inning, Cuba was not. Cuba had runners on second and third with no outs and bases loaded with one out and failed to score. Taiwan lost an opportunity for a run when the runner placed on second was thrown out at home after a single to right field. The runners moved up on the throw and scored when Cheng singled to left field in his first at bat of the game. Chun Yang boomed a big two run homer in the first for Taiwan to give them an early 2-0 lead. Yanquiel Fernandez hit a solo shot in the second to close the lead to 2-1. Those were the last homeruns of the day. Cuba had taken a 5-4 lead with a run in the sixth but Taiwan tied it at 5-5 on a Chang double and a Y. Lin single.

United States 4 Mexico 2

The United States scored early with two homeruns. Jack Ryan hit his second homerun of the tournament, a two run shot to right field in the first inning. Cody Schrier added a two run homer in the second inning. Carson McKinney came on in relief with one out in the third inning and held Mexico to just one hit to the first hitter he faced, then quieted their bats for the remainder of the game to get the win. Servin drove in both runs for Mexico with a sacrifice fly in the first and a bases loaded ground out in the third.

Korea 3 Brazil 0

Chan-Jin Park shut down Brazil on four hits. Pedro Lemes limited the Koreans to three hits, but his defense let him down, committing two crucial errors to allow three unearned runs to score.

Australia 8 France 4

Australia won this battle of two winless teams. Australia scored early with seven runs in the first three innings, James Nati scoring three of the eight runs scored by Australia. Nati also was one out from pitching a complete game, two errors by his defense gifting France two runs in the final frame and preventing a complete game win for Nati.

Venezuela 10 Russia 2

Russia finally scored a run, but Venezuela was already up 4-0 when Russia scored. Erick Caripa smoked a three run homer into centerfield in the second inning to give Venezuela the early 3-0 lead. Venezuela muscled up for the game with six of their eight hits going for extra bases (five doubles and one homerun).

Nicaragua 5 Japan 1

Nicaragua pulled a big upset with their win. The second loss by Japan may knock them out of the playoffs, with France and Mexico still on the schedule. Cristhian Moreno hit a solo shot in the fourth to give Nicaragua an early 1-0 lead. Japan tied it in the bottom frame on singles by Naoki Ito and Kota Shoji. Nicaragua broke the game open in the sixth on two runs singles by Loaisiga and Bustillo.

Cuba Beats Curacao in Port Tournament

July 25th, 2015

Cuba hopes the third time is the charm as they will face the Netherlands for the championship after their 4-3 win over Curacao. Cuba has lost their first two games against the Dutch 8-4 and 12-7. Down 2-1 in the fifth against Curacao Yasiel Santoya tied the game with a single and Yurisbel Gracial rammed a double to drive in the go ahead run. Yoalkis Cruz went seven innings to get the win, coughing up three runs on eight hits. Miguel Lahera worked the ninth to pick up the save, his second of the tournament.

The box score for the game can be found here:

boxscore

Day Two Under 12 - United States Shuts Down Japan

July 25th, 2015

As expected some lopsided games in the pool play. The only surprise was how easily the United States beat Japan in the second day of action at the under 12 World Cup in Taiwan.

United States 8 Japan 0

Nicolas Kurtz threw a complete game three hitter, striking out 10 in his six innings of work. The United States blew the game wide open with five runs in the third, Ryan getting the big hit in the inning with a three run homer. Ryan finished the day 2 for 2 with three runs scored, adding an RBI double in the fourth inning to give him half of the runs driven in for the United States. Japan committed an uncharacteristic four errors to allow four unearned runs to score.

South Korea 12 Russia 0

South Korea rebounded from their opening night loss to Taiwan with an easy win over Russia. A collection of three South Korean pitchers shut out the Russian bats on one hit in five innings. South Korea erupted for six runs in the fourth to end the game early. Kwon and Su Kim each went 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Su Kim got the big hit in the fourth with a bases clearing three run triple.

Nicaragua 17 France 0

Nicaragua showed no mercy with France. Two pitchers combined to one hit France, though they did manage to load the bases in the last inning but failed to score their first run of the tournament. Nicaragua got two homeruns, one from Marcel Vellaryena, who also pitched and got the last two outs of the game and the other from Loaisiga, who finished with four hits and four RBIs on the day. Loaisiga also blasted two doubles in the onslaught.

Cuba 8 Venezuela 2

Cuba gave Venezuela their first defeat. C. Hernandez hit a two run double in the second and Zamora added a two run double in the fifth to fuel the Cuban offense. Cuba only collected five hits, benefiting from eight walks by Venezuelan pitchers.

Mexico 9 Australia 1

Mexico got a grand slam from Johan Cruz to blow a 3-1 game wide open. Cruz also acted as the starting pitcher working two outs into the third inning. Oscar Servin got the win in relief, striking out five of the eight hitters he faced. The three Mexican hurlers only allowed two hits, both of them by Nati.

Taiwan 28 Brazil 2

Taiwan banged together 27 hits, 11 of them doubles in a four inning rout over Brazil. Wu padded his stats with two doubles, a single and seven RBIs. H. Lee went 5 for 5 with three doubles. Brazil committed five errors in the last two innings resulting in the last 13 runs scored by Taiwan unearned.

The big games tomorrow will see two undefeated teams in Group B Mexico and the United States do battle. The two undefeated teams in Group A, Cuban and Taiwan will also face each other.

Minor League Review

July 25th, 2015

Chris Davis will be a free agent next year but the Orioles have a couple alternatives tearing up the minor leagues. Christian Walker has an eight game hitting streak in AAA (15 for 35) with three homeruns and 13 RBIs during that streak. Trey Mancini hit .309 in the Carolina League, got promoted to the AA Eastern League and is only hitting .360 there. Trey also is cruising along with an eight game hitting streak (16 for 34) with one homerun and 8 RBIs during his streak.

The Cubs Jacob Hannemann is trying to break out of his season long slump. A 4 for 5 day has lifted his average 30 points (.230) above the Mendoza Line. Jacob was a homerun short of the cycle, legging out two triples, a double and a single in the game. The third round 2013 pick hopes this game will turn his season around.

The White Sox big 6′5″ first baseman who was a first round supplemental pick in 2012 has not showed the White Sox the power they had hoped for when they drafted him so high. He did rake a double in a 4 for 5 day to increase his average to .250. His slugging average sits at a disappointing .383. That is about equal to his career .384 slugging average, not what the White Sox were seeking when they used a first round supplemental pick on him. In his four year career he has yet to hit double digits in homeruns.

The Mets Eudor Garcia went 4 for 5 with three doubles and a homerun, good enough to drive in five runs and score three times. The third baseman now has a five game hitting streak (13 for 25) in which he has hit five doubles, a triple and a homerun. Eudor still has issues with plate discipline evidenced by a 12/71 walk to whiff ratio.

The Padres Hunter Renfroe is starting to justify his 2013 first round pick with a two homerun day to up his totals to 12. He went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .267 and his slugging to .448. He has been hot for the month of July with a .337 average and a .614 slugging with five of his 12 homers hit during the month.

The Giants Aramis Garcia has a nice RBI streak for the month of July. Currently he has driven in a run in five consecutive games (8 RBIs) but he has also driving in a run in 12 of his last 14 games (25 RBIs). During that time he has 16 more RBIs than strikeouts.

Keyvius Sampson was once a top prospect with the Padres. The Reds have him now and with a number of starting pitchers on the trade market Keyvius could get an opportunity to see major league time. Yesterday he threw eight innings of five hit shutout ball to lower his ERA to 5.08. Consistency and command have been his biggest problems as evidenced by his four walks and six runs he gave up in an outing that did not last three innings. In eight starts in AA Keyvius was dominant (1.85 ERA) but AAA has not been so kind.

The Indians have not given up on their 2012 second round pick, especially after he pitches a two hit, six inning shutout while striking out nine. He has won all four games he has started in the month of July, lowering his ERA to 5.45. The walk to whiff ratio still sits at an unattractive 56/68.

The Rockies Antonio Senzatela also had a eight inning five hit shutout. He struck out seven without walking a batter. Antonio has been a little more consistent with a 2.40 ERA in 18 starts, though he has given up seven runs in his previous two starts covering 14 innings.

The Dodgers seem to find pitchers at every level of their farm system. Add Chase DeJong to that list. The Dodgers acquired DeJong from the Blue Jays for three international slots. The Blue Jays had drafted DeJong in the second round of the 2012 draft. Those international slots are looking pretty pricey after Chase threw five innings of no hit no walk ball, striking out nine. This was his second appearance as a Dodger.

Matt Boyd had two starts and a 14.85 ERA for the Blue Jays. He is back in AAA trying to reestablish himself. Yesterday he threw seven innings of two hit shutout ball, striking out seven. His ERA dropped to 2.77. That is better than his last major league outing when he failed to retire any of the seven hitters he faced.