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Brazil Wins South American Baseball Championship

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Brazil defeated Argentina 10-4, the second time they had defeated them to win the South American baseball championship. Brazil finished the tournament 7-0. Argentina had upset the defending champions Colombia 12-9 to get into the championship. Brazil was able to waltz over Peru 12-0. Venezuela did not appear in the tournament.

The final standings for the tournament:

1) Brazil, 2) Argentina, 3) Colombia, 4) Chile, 5) Peru, 6) Bolivia

Great Britain Nicks Brazil to Face Israel in Finals of WBC Qualifier

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Great Britain 4 Brazil 3

Chris Reed threw 4.2 innings of relief and was one out short from finishing the game. Reed was a first round of the Dodgers in the 2011 draft. Daniel Cooper did not retire a hitter, but still got the save by getting the last out. Juan Carlos Muniz, who had hit a two out double to drive Chris Reed from the game tried to steal third but was thrown out to end the game. Don’t know what he was thinking about to make the third out at third.

Great Britain pounded ex-major league pitcher Andre Rienzo for three runs in the third to never look back in the game. With two outs and the bases loaded Todd Isaacs is hit by a pitch to force in a run. He was the second hit batter in the inning. An error by shortstop Leonardo Reginatto allowed two more runs to score to give Great Britain a 3-2 lead.

A Kyle Simmons RBI single in the seventh upped the Brits lead to 4-2. Brazil scored a run in the top of the eighth courtesy of a Brit error and had the bases loaded with two out when Bo Bichette struck out to end the inning.

A Great Britain win and appearance in the World Baseball Classic in 2017 would help major league baseball promote their major league game they hope to schedule for Great Britain sometime in 2018.

Israel Advances to Winner’s Bracket with Shutout

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Israel 1 Brazil 0

Runs were scarce in the winner’s bracket match. Corey Baker pitched five innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and three walks to set the stage for Israel in their shutout win over Brazil. Four other pitchers extended the shutout with Brad Goldberg retiring the side in order in the ninth to rack up the save.

Bo Takahashi threw the first four innings for Brazil and allowed the only run of the game. Murilo Gouvea relieved Takahashi and silenced the Israeli bats for three innings.

Nate Freiman delivered a lead off double in the fourth inning that led to the only run. An error by first baseman Dante Bichette moved Freiman to third where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Decker.

Brazil rallied in the 8th with back to back two out singles but came up short. Ryan Sherriff came on in relief of Jeremy Bleich to retire the last hitter of the inning.

Great Britain 14 Pakistan 0

Not much of a game here with a six run fifth putting the game out of reach. Champ Stuart drove in three runs and Albert Cartwright crossed the plate three times, hitting two triples to lead the Brit offense. Pakistan could not overcome 14 hits and 8 walks.

Brazil and Israel Win WBC Qualifier Openers in Brooklyn

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The last qualifier country is being determined in Brooklyn this weekend. Brazil and Israel got off to good starts.

Brazil 10 Pakistan 0

Pakistan is the only country of the four who have no players in the minor leagues in the United States. They are coming here to compete and learn to get better. Brazil trounced them in the opener 10-0 in a game shortened to seven innings because of the slaughter rule. Jean Tome pitched 5.1 innings of three hit ball to quiet the Pakistan bats. Juan Carlos Muniz smashed a two run homerun in the fifth inning to extend the lead for Brazil from 4-0 to 6-0. Pakistan got a good lesson in the game today.

Israel 5 Great Britain 2

Michael Roth pitched a great game for Great Britain, working six innings of one run ball and departing with a 2-1 lead. When the Brits went to their bullpen the Israeli bats came alive.

The first two hitters Rhett Wiseman (single) and Scott Burcham (double) ripped hits off reliever Vaughn Harris. Mike Meyers hit a fly ball out deep enough to left field to score Wiseman and tie the game up. Zach Borenstein lined a single to right field to give Israel a 3-2 lead. Israel scored two more insurance runs when Ike Davis singled and Cody Decker hit a sacrifice fly to up the lead to 5-2.

Great Britain had just taken the lead in the top of the seventh after a Champ Stuart double with a wild pitch advancing him to third. Todd Isaacs drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Brad Goldberg came on in the ninth to close out the game. He walked the leadoff hitter and then coughed up a double to Isaacs to put runners on second and third with no out. After a visit to the mound Goldberg ended the game with a popup and two strikeouts.

Great Britain will play Pakistan in a losers bracket game while Brazil faces off against Israel in the winners bracket contest. The winner of the losers bracket game will play the loser of the winners bracket contest.

Brazil WBC Qualifier Roster

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Below is the roster for Brazil in the WBC qualifier to be held in Brooklyn on September 22-25. The roster is dotted with minor league players and many players of Japanese descent whose parents or grand parents settled in Brazil and brought their baseball love with them. They are also managed by Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, with LaTroy Hawkins as their pitching coach and Steve Finley as their hitting coach. With that kind of baseball pedigree they are a long shot to advance to the WBC in March.

Right Handed Pitchers

Rafael Fernandes, Felipe Fukuda, Murilo Gouvea, Felipe Natel, Ernesto Noris, Leonardo Oliveira, Eric Pardinho, Andre Rienzo, Romulo Shindo, Rodrigo Takahashi, Jean Tome, Thyago Vieira

Left Handed Pitchers

Edison Batiste, Hugo Kanabushi


Luis Camargo, Angel Luis Cobas, Luis Paz


Carlos Garmendia, Vito Ito, Christian Lopes, Tim Lopes, Leonardo Reginatto, Lucas Rojo, Reinaldo Sato


Irait Chirino, Fernando Luciano, Gabriel Maciel, Juan Muniz,

2017 WBC Pools Announced

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Below are the pools for the 2017 WBC held in March. The United States will have a tough haul to advance, placed in the same pool as the defending champion Dominican Republic.

Pool A (Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome March 7-10)

Australia, China, Cuba and Japan

Pool B (Seoul at Gocheok Skydome March 7-10)

Taiwan, South Korea, Netherlands (and winner of final WBC qualifier between Great Britain, Pakistan, Israel and Brazil)

Pool C (Miami at Marlins Park March 9-12)

Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic and United States

Pool D (Guadalajara, Mexico at Estadio Charros de Jalisco March 9-12)

Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

Second Round

Pool E (March 12-15 in Tokyo at Tokyo Dome)

Pool A winner and runner up and Pool B winner and runner up

Pool F (March 14 - 18 in San Diego at Petco Park)

Pool C winner and runner up and Pool D winner and runner up

Semifinals (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 20-21)

Pool F winner versus Pool E runner up and Pool E winner versus Pool F runner up

Championship (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 22)

Semifinal 1 winner versus semifinal 2 winner

WBC Qualifying Cities Determined

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The World Baseball Classic and World Baseball and Softball Confederation have agreed to continue their working relationship to put on display the World Baseball Classic to determine the top baseball country. Japan won the first two events but the Dominican Republic won the last event. These two associations have decided the location and countries who will compete in the qualifiers for the final four spots for the World Baseball Classic. Twelve teams have qualified.

The qualifying locations are:

February 11-14 in Sydney, Australia

1) Australia, 2) New Zealand, 3) Philippines and 4) South Africa

March 17-20 in Mexicali, Mexico

1) Mexico, 2) Czech Republic, 3) Germany and 4) Nicaragua

March 17-20 in Panama City, Panama

1) Colombia, 2) France, 3) Panama and 4) Spain

September 22-25, in Brooklyn, New York, United States

1)Brazil, 2) Great Britain, 3) Israel and 4) Pakistan

The 12 teams who have qualified are:

1) Canada, 2) China, 3) Cuba, 4) Dominican Republic, 5) Italy, 6) Japan, 7) Netherlands, 8) Puerto Rico, 9) South Korea, 10) Taiwan, 11) United States and 12) Venezuela

The World Baseball Classic will be held on March 2017, provided the major league players association and the major leagues agree to a collective bargaining agreement prior to the end of the 2016 season. If no agreement can be reached it will be interesting to see if the event is still held.

18 and under Day 5 - Five Teams Advance to Super Round

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

In Group A Japan, the United States and Australia will advance to the Super Round. In group two it will be South Korea and Cuba. Canada will play South Africa today and if they win they will be the third team to advance. If they lose both Taiwan and Canada will be tied for third at 2-3, but since Canada beat Taiwan in the head to head they will still probably advance. Each team will take their wins and losses with them to the Super Round in games they have competed against other teams who are also advancing to the super round.

The team with the best hitting (.353) is Japan. They are 46 points ahead of their closest pursuer South Korea (.307). The United States bats are a disappointing fifth (.265), behind the three Asian Tigers and Australia. The top pitching belongs to Japan (0.00) followed by Cuba (0.62). The United States is third (1.32). Japan has out performed the hard throwing United States team in strikeouts 57-55.

Cuba 3 Taiwan 2

Taiwan could have made things more interesting with a win over Cuba. Lazaron Najarro shut down the Taiwan bats for the first eight innings, but in the ninth the Taiwan bats came alive. Two singles and a double scored the first run for Taiwan. Yandy Molina came in to retire the final two batters, one on a sacrifice fly to score the second run for Taiwan. The big bat for Cuba continues to be Luis Robert, who collected four hits in four at bats, including a two run double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth to account for all of the runs scored by Cuba. Robert has driven in 11 of the 24 runs scored by Cuba.

United States 5 Brazil 2

The United States bats still remain relatively quiet. Blake Rutherford drove in two runs on three hits and McKenzie Moniak also drove in two runs on two hits, including a sacrifice fly. The United States could not get a sustained rally, getting single runs in five innings, leaving eight men on base but still coming up with the victory to advance. The jet lag should be over for their Super Round competition.

Australia 10 Czech Republic 0

Rhys Steedman threw six innings of shutout ball and Australia took advantage of eight walks and 14 hits to bash the Czechs. Dean Frew was the big hit machine for Australia with three hits to score three times and drive in two. He also was one of three players who drew two walks.

South Korea 11 Italy 3

South Korea finished undefeated after the first round with their thrashing of Italy. They started slow but Jun-Young Park ignited them with two hits and two walks to score four times. Sun-Do Hwang put together three hits to drive in four runs.

Japan 12 Mexico 0

Japan did not have too much trouble with Mexico to remain undefeated in the other bracket. In five games Japan has only given up one run, that was unearned against Australia.

Under 18 World Cup Day 4 - Cuba Wallops Canada

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Brazil beating Mexico and South Korea nipping Taiwan were considered mild upsets. The Cubans beating the Canadians by ten runs was a big surprise.

Cuba 11 Canada 1

Miguel Vargas drove in three runs with a triple in the seven run fourth to crush the Canadians. Oscar Colas also drove in three runs with a two run double in the first to open the scoring for Cuba and an RBI single in the seven run fourth. Cooper Davis hit a solo shot for Canada, one of only three hits off Josimar Cousin.

United States 11 Australia 1

It took them eight innings but the United States replicated the score Cuba defeated Canada. The United States scored in every inning but the first and fourth, with Nicholas Pratto throwing a complete game. Pratto only allowed two hits in his eight innings of work.

South Korea 4 Taiwan 3

The South Koreans shocked their Asian counterparts to remain undefeated. Won-Jun Choi continued to wreak havoc from the leadoff spot with three hits, two doubles and a walk to score twice. Suk-Jin Im came through with the big hit, a two run double in the second that gave Korea a 4-0 lead. Taiwan rallied in the eighth, scoring twice and loading the bases but came up short. Young-Ha Lee was able to get a pop up with the bases loaded, then turned it over to Jun-Young Park who retired the side in order in the ninth.

Brazil 9 Mexico 7

Gabriel Maciel triggered the offense from the leadoff spot with four hits for Brazil. Jose Quinonez drove in five runs from the DH spot for Mexico. Thiago Yaginuma worked nine innings despite giving up seven runs, throwing 135 pitches for Brazil.

Italy 12 South Africa 2

Italy won their first game. Gabriel Tealdi smacked four hits and Giulio Monello added three to account for 7 of the 13 hits for Italy. Federico Pecci pitched seven innings to get the win, allowing two unearned runs. Matthias Zotti worked two perfect innings of relief to seal the victory.

Japan 15 Czech Republic 0

Shoki Katsumata bashed a three run homer in a five run first and Japan was off to complete the skunk. Shoki finished with four hits, two doubles and the homerun to drive in five runs. Ryo Shinohara also collected four hits for Japan but only drove in two. The Czechs were helpless against Masato Morishita, striking out 12 times and only collecting three hits.

South Korea Downs Cuba; Japan Continues to Roll

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

There were some exciting games at the Under 18 World Cup, a change from the previous two days. South Korea and Japan have escaped as the only two undefeated teams in their pool. Two more series of games are still scheduled in the first round of action.

South Korea 4 Cuba 3

It took 10 innings but South Korea finally prevailed on a single by Sang-Hyun An to score the winning run. Cuba had loaded the bases with no out but could not score a runner in the top of the tenth. In international extra inning play runners are automatically placed on first and second to start the inning. South Korea scored the first three runs in the third, gifted by two errors from Cuba. Cuba came back in the eighth to tie it with three of their own, their big bat Luis Robert driving in two with a single. South Korea loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but could not score.

Japan 10 Australia 1

Japan brought Australia back to earth. Wataru Funabiki drove in four drawing two bases loaded walks and adding a two run single to drive in four runs. The ace of the Koshien series Shinnosuke Ogasawara got the start and went six innings, allowing one unearned run while striking out nine. Max Barrett pitched well for Australia, allowing only one run in five innings, but five walks, including three in the second inning when Japan scored their first run proved to be his undoing. Over 7,000 came to watch the home team reward them with a victory.

Brazil 10 Czech Republic 9

Brazil won their first game in a slugfest with the Czechs. Trailing 9-6 in the bottom of the seventh Brazil scored four runs on just one hit to take the lead. Three walks and an error allowed Brazil to rally for the win. Gabriel Maciel got a two run single to put Brazil on top 10-9. Thiago Yaginuma recorded the last eight outs to get the win. Marek Chlup drove in five runs on four hits, two doubles for the Czechs.

United States 5 Mexico 1

Kevin Gowdy pitched five plus innings of one run ball to allow the United States to bounce back after their loss to Japan. Ian Anderson pitched the last three plus innings to get the save. The United States benefited from six walks issued by Mexican pitchers, their hitters only able to put together four hits. Mexico outhit the United States 6 to 4.

Taiwan 15 South Africa 1

Taiwan exploded for nine runs in the first two innings to cruise to their win over South Africa. Wen-Hsien Chang and Chen-Fei Lin went deep for Taiwan. Chang drove in four runs.

Canada 10 Italy 0

Vincent Beauregard pitched the first seven innings of shutout ball, allowing the Italians only four hits. Josh Naylor continued to swing a hot bat, going a perfect 3 for 3 to drive in two. Tristan Pompey also drove in two for Canada. Royce Ando got the engine purring for the Canadians with three hits and a walk from the leadoff spot to score three times.