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.