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Puerto Rico Site of 2020 Series del Caribe

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Puerto Rico will be the site of the 2020 Series del Caribe. The last time it was held in Puerto Rico was in 2015. Myworld was there to witness Cuba’s first participation in the event. They ended up Series del Caribe champions that year. Hiram Bithorn stadium will again host the event. The dates are from February 1-7, with the first five days being pool play and the last two days playoffs. Three games will be played each day with the first game starting at 10 AM and the last starting at 8 PM. Usually when you buy one ticket it will allow you to attend all three games that day.

Panama returns after winning the event last year in their first ever participation. There was some thought of Nicaragua and Colombia also participating but that is expected to happen in 2021. The teams participating in the event are Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Each of those countries has their winter league season and the winning team from those winter leagues advances to the Series del Caribe.

Baseball America’s Qualifier

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The America’s is another opportunity for the United States to qualify for the Olympics in Japan in 2020. The next to last qualifier will be played in Arizona from March 22 -26. The last qualifier will be played in Taiwan. The second and third place teams from the America’s qualifying round will be eligible to participate in Taiwan. Below are the pools from that group.

Group A

United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

Group B

Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia

The United States would be the favored team in this group.

Venezuelan Winter League Update

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

The Venezuelan Winter League is still going on, despite the lack of participation by many players in the major leagues and minor leagues because of the economic chaos that exists there. Below is the list of players myworld has noticed.

Zulia Aguilas (9-3)

The lack of pitching in the Venezuelan League appears apparent with Olmo Rosario (.476) and Yosmany Guerra (.410) hitting like Ted Williams. Angel Reyes (.395) falls just short of .400. All three players have an OPS of over 1.000.

Ramon Garcia is on another level (1.10 ERA) in the pitching department. In three starts he has given up just five hits in 16.1 innings. The opposition is hitting him at a .094 clip. Despite this dominance he has yet to strike out more than one hitter in each of his three outings.

Lara Cardnales (8-4)

Yojhan Quevedo is hitting .486. That leads the league in hitting.

Margarita Bravos (6-6)

No one myworld could get excited about.

Aragua Tigres (6-6)

Tiago Da Silva has pitched in six games of relief and gotten two wins and three saves. He has yet to give up a run in his 6.2 innings.

Anzo√°tegui Caribes (5-7)

Denis Phipps is mashing the ball with five homeruns and 15 RBIs, both numbers tops in the league. He is hitting .350 with a 13/12 walk to whiff ratio, putting his OBA at .509. Niuman Romero makes for a good one/two punch in the order with his .367 average. His .612 slugging percentage is third in the league.

Magallanes Navegantes (5-7)

Anthony Pereira is hitting .467, which is third in the league. None of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases.

La Guair√° Tiburones (5-7)

Gregory Infante has saved five games, which means he has salvaged all of their wins.

Caracas Leones (4-8)

Despite the last place standing Francisco Carillo (0.77 ERA) and Enrique de los Rios (1.08 ERA) have pitched well in four starts, combining to go 2-0.

Japan Crushes Taiwan

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

While both teams were advancing to the Super Round, the game had meaning because the loser of this game would advance with one loss. Japan put the hurting on Taiwan, crushing them 8-1.

Japan opened the scoring in the first after the issuance of a two out walk. Seiya Suzuki tripled him in and Yoshida Masataka drove in Suzuki with a single. Suzuki then blasted a two run homer in the third to up the Japanese lead to 4-0.

Taiwan had opportunities, stranding two runners in the first and loading the bases with one out in the third, but the lack of a clutch hit proved to be their undoing. They stranded two more in the fourth and fifth and then had to watch Yoshihiro Maru blast an RBI double in the top of the sixth to advance the Japanese lead to 5-0.

The rallies ended for Taiwan after the fifth. Sosuke Genda hit a two run triple in the top of the ninth to extend the Japanese lead to 8-0. In the bottom of the ninth Taiwan was able to score their first run on a Jin-de Jhang single, but it was too little too late.

Venezuela lashed out 16 hits off Puerto Rican pitching in their 7-1 win. The game did not mean anything since both teams were eliminated from advancing to Tokyo.

Taipei and Japan Clinch Superround playoff spot

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Not much to play for in Taiwan on the third day as both Asian teams won their second games, shutting out both Puerto Rico and Venezuela to clinch a Super round playoff spot in Tokyo.

Rei Takahashi pitched six innings of one hit ball to stymie the Puerto Rican bats in their 4-0 victory. Japan scored all their runs in the third, three of them on a Seiya Suzuki three run homer. Giovanni Soto gave up all four runs in his five innings of pitching, Japan scoring all the runs after the first two hitters were retired. Considering they have a lineup of professional hitters, the Japan offense has been pretty disappointing.

Chang Yi blanked the Venezuelan bats for 7 innings, limiting them to just four hits. No team scored until the seventh inning. Taipei put two runs across on back to back doubles from pinch hitter Yu-Hsien Chu and leadoff hitter Wei-Chen Wang. That made a winner of Yi, who only pitched one more inning.

Asia defeats Americas in the Taiwan Premier 12 Pool

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The Asian countries reigned supreme with Japan beating Venezuela 8-4 and Taiwan downing Puerto Rico 6-1 in the opening round of the Taiwan pool.

Venezuela was ahead for much of their game, but Japan exploded for six runs in the eighth to turn a 4-2 Venezuela lead into an 8-6 deficit. Venezuela pitchers walked 12 hitters, with seven of those walks occurring in the eighth. Four of the first five hitters in the inning walked. Ryosuke Kikuchi tied the game with an RBI single. A fifth walk in the inning gave Japan the lead.

Felix Doubront got the start for Venezuela and pitched well, limiting Japan to just one hit in four innings. Finding the strike zone was also a problem for him with three walks, but he did not allow a runner to cross the plate. Japan started Shun Yamaguchi and he gave up one run in his four innings of work.

Venezuela put a scare to the Japanese professionals with a three run sixth that gave them a 4-2 lead. They out hit Japan 10-8 but the pitchers had trouble finding the plate, walking 12 to the two walks Japanese pitchers issued. Jeff Gosney from the United States was behind the plate.

Shao-Ching Chiang threw six innings of one run ball to lead Taiwan. He gave up just three hits. A bullpen of three Chens each worked one inning of shutout ball to close out the victory, none of the Chens allowing a hit or run to score.

Taiwan got all the runs they needed in the first inning on a two run homer from Lin Lee. Puerto Rico gave Taiwan most of their runs with sloppy fielding. They opened the game by booting the first ball turning Lin’s homerun into a two run shot rather than a solo blast. They also made an error in the fifth that allowed two more unearned runs to score. Two errors in the sixth brought in a fourth unearned run.

Venezuela Roster for Premier 12

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Venezuela may be in an economic crisis, but they are still able to send a team to Taiwan to play in the Premier 12. They will be missing their major league stars and there are no big time prospects who are participating. Two minor league outfielders are their youngest players and neither has gotten past AA in the minor leagues. Finishing in the top two to qualify for the Olympics will be a long shot. Dixon Machado is their most recent major league player, but he was released by the Miami Marlins after the 2018 season and signed to a minor league contract by the Cubs. Henderson Alvarez, Felix Doubront and Andres Blanco are additional ex-major league names who will be participating. Venezuela will be in the Taiwan pool competing against Japan, Taiwan and Puerto Rico. Below is their roster for the Premier 12

Pitchers

Cristian Alvarado, Henderson Alvarez, Argenis Angulo, Liarvis Breto, Yeizo Campos, Felix Doubront, Elvis Escobar, Yapson Gomez, Carlos Navas, Williams Perez, Jhonleider Salinas, Miguel Socolovich, Andres Sotillet, Anthony Vizcaya

Catchers

Juan Apodaca, Jose Godoy

Infielders

Andres Blanco, Ali Castillo, Luis Castro, Jecksson Flores, Dixon Machado, Juniel Querecuto, Carlos Rivero, Henry Rodriguez

Outfielders

Manuel Melendez, Alexander Palma, Diego Rincones, Herlis Rodriguez

Little League World Series - Day 6

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Myworld has been busy with volleyball tryouts so following the baseball season has been sparse. We have been keeping track of the Little League World Series as they wind down to the final United States team and the International team.

Caribbean (Curacao) 9 Latin America (Venezuela) 2

Both areas are hot beds for baseball. Curacao scored early with five runs in the first two innings then sealed the game with four runs in the sixth to eliminate Venezuela from the World Series. The top of the lineup Jurdrick Profar (3 runs) and Deshandro Tromp (2 runs) scored five and their middle of the lineup Nathan Castillo (3 RBIs), Shendrion Martinus (2 RBIs) and Clay Winklaar (2 RBIs) drove in seven.

Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey) 2 New England (Rhode Island) 0

A classic pitcher’s duel. The New Jersey team trotted out four different pitchers to shut down Rhode Island to just one hit. Rhode Island relied on Miles Fontaine for five shutout innings, but New Jersey was able to figure him out in the sixth. Leadoff hitter Sal Garcia led off the sixth with a double. J.R. Rosado advanced him to third with a single. Rosado took second on defensive indifference and a line out put runners on second and third with one out. A ground out second to first scored Garcia and after an errant throw by the first baseman to get Garcia at home failed Rosado also scored on the throw. Jaydin Capindica got the last out after Mason Crain hit a two out single to bring the tying run to the plate.

Northwest (Oregon) 4 Europe-Africa (Italy) 3

In a third game challenger between two teams that have already been eliminated from the tournament Oregon came away with the victory. In a three run third that proved the difference Oregon scored one run on an error and another on a passed ball. They also scored a run in the first on a wild pitch.

Today Korea and Japan will play to see who will have to go down to the loser’s bracket to play Curacao. On the United States side South Loudoun, Virginia will play Wailuku, Hawaii to determine who will drop to the loser’s bracket to battle the winner of the River Ridge, Louisiana and Elizabeth, New Jersey game.

Little League World Series - Day 5

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

More teams get eliminated. Below is a summary of yesterday’s games.

Latin America (Venezuela) 8 Mexico 7

In a wild game Venezuela scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of two errors and two hit by pitches. The only hit of the inning was a single by Luis Atencio that drove in the tying run. An error by the right fielder allowed the go ahead run to score. Jonathan Rangel finished Mexico off in order in the sixth to secure the victory. Rangel quieted Mexico’s bats after they scored six runs in the first two innings. Rangel limited them to just one run in his 4.1 innings of work, striking out eight. Davirik Fuenmayor scored the go ahead run but also drove in two runs with a homerun in the first.

Angel Castillo went 3 for 3 for Mexico but that was not enough to keep them in the tournament.

Caribbean (Curacao) 8 Canada 1

Curacao eliminated Canada from the tournament with a convincing victory. Four early runs in the first two innings and four late runs in the fifth were too much for Canada to overcome. Six different players drove in runs with Kevin Rosina pitching all six innings to get the win.

West Region (Hawaii) 6 Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey) 0

Hawaii knocked Elizabeth into the loser’s bracket. Hawaii scored all their runs in the first three innings. Jaren Pascual got the scoring started with a solo shot in the first inning and Nicholas Nashiwa closed out the scoring with a pinch hit three run double in the third. Two different Hawaiian pitchers, Logan Kuloloia and Isaac Imamura, shutout New Jersey through six innings.

Southwest (Louisiana) 10 Midwest (Minnesota) 0

Southwest scored five in the fourth to end the game via the slaughter rule. Connor Perrot drove in four runs and Reece Roussel was a perfect 3 for 3, scoring three times to lead the offense. Reece is hitting .700 for the tournament. Derek DeLatte also went 3 for 3 with a run scored and one RBI. Three different pitchers combined for the shutout.

Great Lakes (Kentucky) 4 Australia 1

In a crossover game between two teams eliminated from the tournament, both teams accomplished a first. Kentucky got their first win while Australia scored their first run of the tournament. Chaze Huff pitched a complete game while Jackson Idlett drove in two runs to lead the offense.

Little League World Series - Day Three

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Day three of the Little League World Series were all loser’s bracket games. A loss eliminated a team from the bracket, though they will still get to play one more consolation game.

Latin America (Venezuela) 2 Australia 0

It is the second game Australia has been shut out. Randy Soto pitched a complete game three hitter striking out four. Australia also had a complete game from their pitcher Max Miotto. He gave up back to back doubles to Ibrahim Ruiz and Hendrik Maestre in the second to seal his fate. Moises Concho drove in an insurance run in the fifth with a single.

Canada (British Colombia) 10 Europe (Italy) 0

Italy also failed to score for their second straight game. The game was ended after four once Canada exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth. Matt Shirley drove in three runs with two doubles.

New England (Barrington, Rhode Island) 6 Great Lakes (Bowling Green Kentucky) 1

Barrington faced some controversy from the first game for allegedly stealing signs, even though they lost the game. This time Lucas Tanous led the Rhode Island team to victory with his bat, recording three hits, two of them doubles to drive in three runs. Owen Pfeffer went the full six innings to get the win. A four run fourth, highlighted by a Tanous double put the game out of reach.

Southwest (River Ridge, Louisiana) 3 Northwest (Salem, Oregon) 2

River Ridge eliminated Salem. Both teams scored all their runs in the third inning. Reece Rousel had the big hit for River Ridge with a two run double.