No big surprises unless you feel the defending champion going down to defeat against Cuba would be considered an upset. There was at least one close game.
Japan 7 Germany 5
Germany gave Japan more than they expected. After Japan erupted for a five spot in the opening frame they may have thought this game would be in the bag. Charles Walzer settled down after the rocky first and limited the Japanese bats to just three hits in the next five frames. The Germans kept nicking at that lead, even outhitting the Japanese bats 12 to 9, but it was not enough to take the victory. Hayato Nishiura collected another three hit day going 3 for 3 to raise his average to .750 after two days. Shu Masuda drove in two runs with his two hits, an RBI single in the first and an RBI triple in the seventh to end the Japanese six inning scoreless drought. Masuda also pitched the ninth inning to rack up the save, one of the few ninth innings played in this tournament. David Dinski banged out three hits to drive in two runs and score twice to fuel the German offense.
Cuba 12 Venezuela 2
Cuba scored seven in the sixth to run away from defending champs Venezuela. Cuba finished second, so it was pretty early to see these two play. Adrian Morejon gave the Cubans seven innings of work on the mound, giving up only two runs. The Venezuelan pitchers could not find the plate walking 11 in the game, including four in the disasterous sixth.
Brazil 12 Italy 5
Brazil took nine innings to beat Italy, the second nine inning game played in the tournament. They remained undefeated in the tournament while Italy dropped to 0-2. Italy grabbed a 2-0 lead and held on for three innings. Brazil took advantage of three walks and a wild pitch, collecting three hits of their own to score four runs in the fourth to take the lead for good. Gustavo Roque had a big two run double in the five run fifth to drive in two of his three runs from the leadoff spot. Igor Kimura pitched two plus innings of shutout relief, striking out five to get the win and also drove in two runs with a double in the seventh inning.
United States 16 New Zealand 1
The United States ignited for eight runs in the first, banging out 17 hits in the game to send New Zealand to their second slaughter. Brice Turang had a perfect 4 for 4 day to up his tournament average to .750. He drove in four runs and scored four, stealing three bases and falling a homerun shy of the cycle. Mark Vientos also had a perfect day, going 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and two stolen bases. Steven Williams booming bat contributed a double and triple in three at bats.
Taiwan 14 Czech Republic 4
Taiwan remained undefeated, using two six run innings to run away from the Czechs. Tse-Hao Chiu slapped four hits from his leadoff spot, scoring three runs. He had one of the nine stolen bases for the Taiwan team.
Panama 16 South Africa 1
Panama won their first game with a walk over of South Africa. A nine run explosion in the fourth when the South African pitchers could not find the plate, walking seven and hitting one batter during the inning gift wrapped them the victory. Juan Diego Crisp had a two run single in the 9-run outburst and Iraj Serrano stroked a two run double, two of his four runs driven in for the day. Jaime Arauz worked five innings, not allowing a hit but giving up one unearned run in the first that scored after a throwing error. Didier Vargas struck out the side in the sixth to complete the no hitter, the third of the tournament. Panama coaxed 15 walks for the game. Enrique Saldana was a perfect 4 for 4 for the day hitting at the bottom of the order for Panama.
Australia 14 Hong Kong 2
Australia remained undefeated in the tournament, scoring early to cruise over Hong Kong. Matthew Beattie drove in three runs with a perfect 2 for 2 day, with a walk, hit by pitch and stolen base and Jess Williams drove in three runs from the lead off spot. Justin Burke slapped around three hits to drive in two and he scored three times.
Argentina 16 Lithuania 1
An 11 run sixth inning when Argentina banged out 8 of their total 11 hits put the game out of reach for Lithuania. Vicente Cruz threw a complete game one hitter for the five inning game. Lucas Stalman and starting pitcher Cruz had four RBI games, with Stalman collecting a double and triple and Cruz bashing two triples. The first four hitters in the lineup for Argentina each scored three times.
Mexico 19 Guatemala 0
Carlos Soto boomed one over the fence, finishing a triple short of the cycle and Isaac Paredes slammed two triples to keep Mexico undefeated. Paredes and Soto finished the game with three RBIs each.
Three big games are on tap today. Argentina will try to remain undefeated going against power house Venezuela. Two undefeated teams will do battle with host Mexico playing against Taiwan and Cuba testing the mettle of Australia. You can follow the games here: http://www.ibaf.org/en/competition/9d251b15-a7d7-412b-990a-e2e9e6d921d3/results
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