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Cuba Wins Final Match Against United States

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Yoanni Yera worked seven innings and allowed just two runs. Yasmany Hernandez pitched a perfect two innings and got the win after Yordony Samon drove in the go ahead run in the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly to give Cuba the 3-2 win. The United States used seven different pitchers to finish the game. Despite the win by Cuba the United States won the series three games to two.

The next opponent for the United States team is a five game series against the Japanese collegiate national team.

Japan to Play Taiwan in World Port Championship

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Japan 15 Curacao 0

Japan gets to play Taiwan tomorrow for the championship of the World Port Tournament. After Curacao had upset Cuba for their first win of the tournament they did not seem to have anything left for Japan in the semifinal game. Masaki Otani drove in three runs with three doubles in four at bats. Takuya Okura and Kazuya Suzuki also drove in three runs. The game lasted just seven innings because of the slaughter rule.

Daisuke Yamagami toed the rubber for five innings to get the win, giving up just four hits. Kosuke Fukushima pitched the last two innings to close out the game. Japan scored in six of the seven innings to thrash the Curacao team.

Netherlands 3 Cuba 1

The last two port tournaments these two teams battled for the championship. This year the two were in a battle to see who could avoid last place. Netherlands used four different pitchers to restrict the Cuban offense to one run. Diegomar Markwell worked the first 3.1 innings without allowing a run. Jim Ploeger relieved him and gave up the lone Cuban run working 2.2 innings. Kevin Kelly got the game to two out in the eighth with 1.1 innings of shutout relief before turning it over to Mike Bolsenbroek to retire the final four hitters to pick up the save.

Dwayne Kemp got the big hit for the Netherlands in their three run third with a two run single. The third run scored on a double play ground out. Cuba scored their only run in the sixth on an RBI single from Yusniel Ibanez. It was his second hit of the game. With runners on second and third and one out two fly outs failed to produce the second run, The Netherlands bullpen pitched a perfect seventh, eighth and ninth inning to close out the game and avoid a last place finish in their own tournament.

Taiwan to Championship Game; Curacao Shocks Cuba

Friday, July 7th, 2017

The two favorites for the Port tournament, Cuba and the Netherlands will play a game where the loser finishes in last and the winner takes the fourth spot. These two teams played for the championship in the last port tournament and finished in first and second in 2015. Taiwan did win this tournament in 2011. How times have changed in two years.

Taiwan 4 Japan 2

Taiwan will play in the championship game between the winner of the Curacao and Japan game. Han Lin collected three hits and drove in two runs with a single in the fifth inning to give Taiwan an early 4-0 lead. He scored the first run for Taiwan after singling in the opening frame. Ju Liang Tai scored twice from the leadoff spot, once in the third inning after being hit by a pitch and again in the fifth after drawing a walk.

Sheng Feng Wu threw five innings of shutout ball before turning it over to the bullpen. Cheng Hao Wang pitched the final two frames without allowing a run to earn the save.

Curacao 5 Cuba 3

Curacao picks up their first win. Shurendell Mujica hit an RBI triple in the top of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie. Curacao then pulled off a first and third double steal with Mujica streaking home to score an insurance run. Cuba was able to load the bases with one out in the bottom frame. Claysandy Hariquez came on to pitch and struck out Yoelkuis Guibert, who was leading Cuba in average at .455 and got Frank Camillo Morejon to fly to center to clinch the victory.

Yusniel Ibanez hit a homerun for Cuba in the first inning, only the second homerun of the tournament. Guibert had three hits with an RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3. The only at bat he failed to get a hit was in the final frame with the bases loaded and one out.

Mujica drove in three runs in the game. In the first inning he hit a two run double to give Curacao a 2-1 lead and sending starting pitcher Geonel Gutierrez to an early shower. Mujica was a homerun short of the cycle finishing the game 3 for 3 with one walk. Raywendley van Gurp drove in the other run for Curacao with a double in the fifth.

Cuba Downs United States

Friday, July 7th, 2017

The Cuban bats awoke with seven runs and 13 hits in a 7-2 win over the United States collegiate team. The United States has already won the five game series with wins in the first three games. Norel Gonzalez and Juan Torriente each contributed three hits in the game, Gonzalez driving in one run and Torriente two.

Dachel Duquesne pitched seven innings of shutout three hit ball. The United States finally broke through in the ninth inning with two runs off Cuban reliever Leomil Gonzales. Cuba scored three runs in the second inning off United States starter Gianluca Dalatri to score all the runs they needed.

Upsets at the Port Tournament

Friday, July 7th, 2017

In the double elimination tournament the two favorites Cuba and Netherlands were knocked to the loser’s bracket by their Asian counterparts.

Taiwan 4 Netherlands 3

This is the second time Taiwan has beaten the Netherlands. In their opening match Taiwan won 2-1. In this game Taiwan rallied from two down to score three in the last inning to win. The Netherlands closer Loek Van Mil had another rough outing. He retired the first hitter but then gave up a double to Chia Wei Huang. The Netherlands catcher Gianison Boekhoudt also had a tough inning. A passed ball advanced Huang to third where he scored on a single by Yi Hung Chen. Chia Yu Lin singled up the middle moving the tying run Chen to third bass. That was it for Mil who exited with a 13.50 ERA. Mike Bolsenbroek replaced him but the game ended without him facing an official batter. Lin attempted to steal second and the throw was off target scoring Chan and moving Lin to third. Lin scored on a passed ball to end the game. A tough way for the Netherlands to lose this game.

Kevin Heijstek pitched well for the Netherlands going six innings and allowing an unearned run in the third. An error by shortstop Stijn Van de Meer (recently released by the Astros) put the leadoff runner on where he eventually scored on a Han Lin single. The Netherlands had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Dwayne Kemp two run single. Kemp also led off the 8th with a double and scored on a Nick Urbanus single to give the Netherlands a 3-1 lead. That looked pretty safe until the chaotic ninth inning.

Japan 5 Cuba 2

Japan got some revenge on Cuba after losing to them in pool play. Ryosuke Fujii pitched the last 3.2 innings without allowing Cuba a run to earn the win. In the 11th inning when teams were allowed to put runners on first and second Japan scored three runs and Cuba scored none to prove the difference in the game. Cuba was able to get two outs on a sac bunt and a force out at home. A Hiroto Kobukata single scored one. Up until that at bat he had been held hitless four times. A walk to Masaki Otani loaded the bases and set up the two run single by Takuya Okura.

Down by three runs it is difficult for the home to rally for a win. A bunt would only set up two in scoring position. The Cubans swung away and Dainer Galvez grounded into a double play.

Yoalkis Crus threw 133 pitches in his 9.1 innings of work for Cuba, scattering 11 hits and giving up two runs, one of them unearned. Okura was the hitting star for Japan. He drove in three runs with his three hits, including the two run single in the 11th.

United States Blanks Cuba on their Day of Independence

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

On July 4th the United States blanked Cuba 5-0, Tyler Holton limiting the Cuban bats to three hits in his four innings of work and five different relievers sharing the last five innings with one inning each and not giving up a hit. The Swaggerty and Walker show took the day off from an offensive standpoint, though they each still scored once. Seth Beer drove in two with a first inning double and Grant Koch scored twice to be the offensive heroes. Nick Madrigal connected for a solo shot in the third inning to give the United States an early 3-0 lead. But on this July 4th it was the pitching staff that dominated.

The win clinches a series victory for the United States. They are now 3-0 in the best of five series.

Japan Knocks Off Netherlands in Port Tournament

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Daisuke Yamagami tied up the Dutch bats for six innings, allowing just two hits and no runners to cross the plate. The Netherlands only hint of offense was in the ninth when they scored three runs, but Japan had already built a 7-0 lead by that point to win easlily 7-3. Kenta Fukuhara drove in two runs and Hiroto Kobukata delivered two hits from the lead off spot, driving in one run to keep his average at .545.

Taiwan eliminated Curacao from the four team playoff format with their 6-3 win. Two Curacao errors and a two run single from Wei Chuan Su fueled a three run sixth that proved to be the difference in the game. Cheng Hao Wang got the last five outs without giving up a run to earn the save. Curacao committed three errors to allow three unearned runs to score but their pitchers eight walks were also to blame for many of the Taiwan rallies.

A double elimination format will see Netherlands play Taiwan and Cuba do battle against Japan. The only loss for Japan in this tournament was against Cuba. The only loss for Cuba was against Netherlands. It has been a very balanced tournament with a number of closely contested games.

United States Knocks Off Cuba in Game Two

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

The United States pitching is proving too much for Cuba in this series. Steven Gingery stopped Cuba from crossing the plate in his five innings of work, limiting Cuba to just three hits. The United States bats gave Gingery quick support scoring five runs in the first two innings off Cuban starter Bladimir Banos in the 5-0 win. Travis Swaggerty and Steele Walker repeated their offensive heroics. Swaggerty tagged Banos for a two run homer in the opening frame. Walker doubled in two runs in the third. The duo have now combined for 7 of the 10 RBIs for the United States team in the first two games.

Jose Rodriguez had a good relief outing for Cuba going 5.1 innings of shutout ball. He restricted the United States bats to four hits. The United States bullpen of Jon Olson, Tim Cate, Bryce Tucker and Dallas Woolfolk worked an inning apiece and struck out seven in the four innings of relief.

Japan and Netherlands Win in Day 3 of Port Tournament

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

After being upset by Taiwan on the first day the Netherlands has come back and won their next two games, including a 6-1 over Cuba that puts the port tournament into a three way race. Japan knocked off Taiwan, who has not replicated their opening day performance while Japan moves to 2-1. It sets up a critical game between Netherlands and Japan. A win by the Netherlands will put them in first place. A win by Japan will make Cuba the pool winner.

Netherlands 6 Cuba 1

The Netherlands called on Lars Huijer to tame the Cuban bats. He went seven innings and gave up just one run. The Cubans sent Daniel Gongora to the mound and he was not as fortunate. He gave up five runs on nine hits in his six innings of work. Gianison Boekhoudt and Max Draijer each drove in two runs for Netherlands. Boekhoudt drove in the first two runs with a double in the first and a single in the third. Draijer collected RBI singles in the fourth and the fifth as Netherlands pricked Cuba to death with small rallies.

Japan 2 Taiwan 1

Japan went seven innings with Takahiro Yamamoto in their win over Taiwan. Ryosuke Fujii pitched two innings of perfect relief to pick up the save. Kenta Morinaka slashed what proved to be the game winning hit with a single in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Yi Hung Chen hit a solo homerun for Taiwan in the fifth to account for the only run for Taiwan. He also walked in his other two at bats.

Port Tournament Day Three

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Cuba 7 Taiwan 6

In a battle of the undefeateds Cuba came out on top. Five different Cuban players combined for two hits in Cuba’s 13 hit attack against Taiwan pitching. Edilse Silva and Adrian Camillo Morejon were the big RBI bats for Cuba with two apiece. It was Silva’s two run single in the seventh that gave Cuba a 6-5 lead.

Taiwan rallied in the ninth. A bases loaded walk put them within one run of Cuba. Luis Enrique Castillo replaced Alexander Rodriguez on the mound and got Tzu Chieh Lin to fly out to left to secure the victory. Chia Wei Huang got the big hit for Taiwan in the fifth with a three run double to give Taiwan an early 5-2 lead.

Japan 5 Curacao 2

Japan kept Curacao winless. They took advantage of three Curacao errors to score four unearned runs in the second inning and one unearned run in the fourth. After committing six errors in their first game Japan played errorless ball in this game. Leadoff hitter Togo Tada was the offensive star of the game, collecting three hits to score two runs and drive in one. He also stole a base. After two games the lead off hitters for Japan are hitting .700.