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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.

Women’s World Cup Results - Day Two and Three

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Pool play was completed and the one surprise is the United States elimination from the super round.

Day Two

United States 2 Taiwan 1

The United States scraped out a victory over Taiwan, a two run homer by Megan Baltzwell proving the difference. Marti Sementelli limited the Taiwan bats to four hits and one run for the first six innings and Jade Gortarez retired the side in order in the seventh to pick up the save.

Korea 4 Cuba 3

The host country scored three in the sixth to steal a victory over Cuba. Sel Yang Lee collected three hits in three at bats to drive in one run to help Korea secure the victory.

Venezuela 18 Pakistan 1

A 10 run first inning spelled doom for the Pakistanis. The Venezuelans emptied their bench after that.

Japan 12 Netherlands 0

Japan spanked the Netherlands, three different pitchers limiting the Dutch hitters to one hit in five innings. Mana Taguchi drove in four runs to lead the offense.

Canada 18 India 4

Canada scored 7 in the first inning and 9 in the fifth to put this game out of reach. Daniella Matteucci blasted three doubles to drive in two and score three times to fuel the Canadian offense. Katie Hagen survived a rough start, giving up three runs in the opening frame, but worked the full five innings to get the win.

Australia 13 Hong Kong 0

Australia easily handled Hong Kong scoring in all five innings. Kim McMillan went five innings to get the shut out.

Day 3

Australia 10 United States 2

The Aussies punished the United States team for 14 hits in their surprise win, knocking the United States out of the super round. Tammy McMillan sported the big bat with two hits and a sacrifice fly to drive in four runs. Abbey Kelly was two outs away from a complete game victory before running into trouble in the seventh.

Cuba 15 Pakistan 0

Cuba got their first win stealing 19 bases in their four turns at bat. Yadira Boffil completed the five inning one hit shutout.

Japan 18 India 0

Japan scored crooked numbers in all four of their at bats. Miki Atsugase and Yukiko Kawabata each scored four runs in the rout. Kawabata also drove in four runs with her two doubles. Yurika Arisaka also drove in four runs and slammed the second homerun of the tournament.

Canada 7 Netherlands 1

Nicole Luchanski doubles twice and adds a triple to drive in two and score three runs to lead the Canadians to victory. Kelsey Lalor also drives in three runs with a triple. Amanada Asay went the full seven innings to get the win.

Taiwan 13 Hong Kong 3

Taiwan rolled over Hong Kong, Chia Wen Shen scampering for two triples to drive in two and score three from the lead off spot. Pei Jung Lin also added a triple to drive in three.

Venezuela 12 Korea 1

Venezuela sent their hosts down to their first defeat, putting the game away with a six run fourth. Osmari Garcia drove in four runs with her two hits.

Final standings after the first three days of pool play, top two teams advancing to the super round.

Group A

Venezuela (3-0), Korea (2-1), Cuba (1-2), Pakistan (0-3)

Group B

Japan (3-0), Canada (2-1), Netherlands (1-2), India (0-3)

Group C

Taiwan (2-1), Australia (2-1), United States (2-1), Hong Kong (0-3)

The teams advancing to the super round:

Taiwan (1-0), Japan (1-0), Venezuela (1-0), Australia (0-1), Canada (0-1), Korea (0-1)

The loss by Taiwan to the United States was negated when the United States did not advance to the super round. Only the results of the teams advancing to the super round count in the super round standings.

Women’s World Cup Results - Day One

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

The women began their baseball World Cup in Korea yesterday. The United States and Japan won their openers.

Japan 8 Canada 2

Canada jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but by scoring in the final five innings of the seven inning game Japan pulled out the victory. Leadoff hitter Ayako Rokaku scored three times on three hits from the lead off spot. She also stole three bases. Lori Miura stole five bases on two hits and two walks. Ayami Sato threw a complete game striking out 11.

United States 9 Hong Kong 1

The United States team scored early with six in the first two frames to rock Hong Kong. Malaika Underwood collected three hits to score three runs to lead the offense. She also stole three bases. Tamara Holmes connected for two doubles in three at bats to drive in two. Three different pitchers limited the Hong Kong gals to one hit.

Netherlands 9 India 3

Netherlands could only muster four hits, but eight walks assisted their offense. Sascha Egas drove in four runs collecting three of the four Dutch hits.

Korea 10 Pakistan 0

Yu-Ka Bae smashed three hits in three at bats to drive in two to lead Korea to an easy opening victory for the hosts.

Venezuela 12 Cuba 0

The Cuban women are not as strong as the men in their baseball skills and Venezuela took advantage of that, clobbering them in a game shortened to five innings. Astrid Rodriguez banged out three hits from the lead off spot and Ingrid Escobar scored three runs to lead the offense. Josefina Cuman finished with a complete game one hitter.

Taiwan 12 Australia 4

The Aussies usually bring a strong women’s baseball team but Taiwan put this game away with five in the seventh. Chia Hui Yang drove in three runs with two doubles in two at bats to help the Taiwan cause. Chia Wen Shen and Ya Ting Wen each scored three runs.

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

Pakistan Roster for the WBC Qualifier

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Below is the roster for the Pakistan team in the WBC qualifier that will be held September 22-25 in Brooklyn. It is a roster that has no minor league ball players on their team, which will make it a challenge for them to win a game. This is their debut in WBC competition. They will be huge underdogs.

Right Handed Pitchers

Asrar Ahmad, Muhammad Asad, Muhammad Asir, Muhammad Bilal, Gulfam, Rehman Khalid, Inayat Khan, Tariq Nadeem, Syed Shah, Syed Sherazi, Dur Syed, Ihsan Ullah

Left Handed Pitchers

Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Zohaib

Catcher

Umair Bhatti, Hidayat Ullah

Infielders

Jawad Ali, Faqir Hussain, Arsalan Jamashaid, Muhammad Jamil, Arshad Khan, Zubair Nawaz

Outfielders

Adnan Butt, Saddam Hussain, Burhan Johar, Ubaid Ullah, Fazal Ur Rehman, Muhammad Zawar

European Teams Bounced out of Qualifiers

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The four European teams playing for a World Baseball Classic bid in qualifiers in Panama and Mexico were eliminated. Germany and Spain were the first to go. The Czech Republic and France were eliminated yesterday after eliminating their brethren the day before. That leaves four South and Central American teams left to duel it out in the finals. Four teams, Brazil, Pakistan, Israel and Great Britain will battle it out in Brooklyn in November giving Europe one more chance to have a country other than Netherlands and Italy represent them in the World Baseball Classic.

Nicaragua hung on to beat the Czech Republic 7-6, taking 11 innings to do it. With the international tie breaking rules in effect runners were placed on first and second. In a predictable fashion the Nicaraguans pulled off a successful sacrifice bunt to move the runners up one base, except Janier Montas reached first to load the bases. Renato Morales drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center. A single by Omar Obregon scored two to give Nicaragua a 7-4 lead.

In the bottom of the 11th down by three the Czech Republic ignored the bunt and Martin Cervenka lined a single to center to load the bases. A walk scored one run and with the bases loaded and no outs Jose Saenz replaced Jonathan Loaisiga on the mound. A ground out to short retired the first hitter, but failed to turn two allowing the second run to score and pull the Czechs to within one. Loaisiga struck out Tomas Junec and Petr Sila to end the game.

The Czech Republic got off to a quick lead when Jacob Malik blasted a three run homer over the centerfield fence in the first inning to give the Czechs an early 3-0 lead. Their next run in regulation time would not come until the fifth. The Nicaraguans helped them out with the run with two walks and a wild pitch. Mike Cervenak drove in the run with a ground out that extended the Czech lead to 4-2.

The Czech pitcher Daniel Mraz had shut out Nicaragua for the first four innings. The fifth inning would see the walls of zeroes come crashing down. Elmer Reyes started the inning with a single but he was quickly picked off first by Mraz. Two walks by Mraz and a wild pitch put runners on first and third with one out. A ground out to Mraz scored the first Nicaraguan run and advance a runner to second. A throwing error by third baseman Premek Chroust scored the second run. Alex Sogard replaced Mraz and struck out Dwight Britton to end the inning.

Dwight Britton made up for the whiff in the eighth with a two out double. Another throwing error by the Czechs, this one by shortstop Petr Zyma allowed Britton to score to pull Nicaragua to within one. Renato Morales slashed an infield single to short with another throwing error, this one by firstbaseman Mike Cervenak to tie the game. The Czechs were able to end the inning after an infield single by Omar Obregon, but this time Cervenak threw out Morales when he tried to score from second.

The Czechs had an opportunity to go ahead in the bottom frame after a Jakub Malik double put runners on second and third with one out. Nicaragua chose to pitch to Martin Cervenka and Carlos Gonzalez struck him out. Tomas Polansky was walked intentionally to load the bases. Pete Zyma flew out to end the threat.

With Mexico waiting in the winner’s bracket only 6,558 showed up to watch their potential opponent in the final. That opponent will be a rematch against Nicaragua.

While down in Panama only 2,016 showed up to see their team beat France 7-4 to make it to the finals against Colombia. A bases loaded walk in the seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie.

The day started out well for France. A Felix Brown single and a Frederic Hanvi double in the first inning gave the French a quick 1-0 lead. An Andy Paz sacrifice fly scored the second run in the opening frame.

France scored their third run in the fourth on a bases loaded balk to extend their lead to 3-0. Two walks and an infield single loaded the bases. One of the walks was intentional after a ground out had advance the runners to second and third.

That lead was quickly evaporated in the fifth. A one out infield single by Jorge Bishop got the rally started for Panama. Bishop stole second where he scored on a Isaias Velasquez single. A single by Edmundo Sosa and a walk to Anthony Amaya loaded the bases with one out. The French replaced Yoann Vaugelade with Antoine Villard. A ground out to first scored the second run when France could not turn two. Antoine Villard was intentionally walked to load the bases again. Panama got a break when second baseman Frederic Walter dropped a foul popup for an error. Javier Guerra walked to tie the game and Luis Castillo walked to put Panama up front 4-3.

France tied the game in the bottom frame with a one out homerun from Rene Leveret. That would end all the scoring for France. They could only scratch out singles in the seventh and eighth innings, but could get nobody past first in the final four innings.

Panama broke the tie in the seventh courtesy of three walks, one intentionally to break the tie and give Panama the lead. It appears in international ball the managers overthink the situation and have a greater number of intentional walks than in the major leagues. A one out double from Jonathan Saavedra led to an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz. After Javier Guerra popped out this appeared to be a good move but Luis Castillo walked to load the bases and Carlos Quiroz walked to force in the go ahead run.

Panama got a couple insurance runs in the eighth. A walk to Isaias Velasquez and a stolen base led to another intentional walk, this one to Anthony Amaya. It didn’t work. Jonathan Saavedra singled to load the bases bringing up Carlos Ruiz with no place to put him. They walked him to force in a run. A ground out when France again failed to turn two allowed the seventh run to score to make it 7-4.

Panama will advance to face Colombia to seek revenge for an earlier loss. Hopefully more than 2,016 show up to watch this game.

Outstanding Players in Asian Series

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

They gave out the awards for some of the outstanding players in the 27th Asian Series and some of the names were a bit of a surprise. Perhaps the voters were trying to be all inclusive with the countries. Some of the winners:

Most Stolen Bases - Cui Xiao from China (5)

Outstanding Defensive Player - Jawad Ali from Pakistan with 42 putouts and two assists.

Most Valuable Player - Ju-Suk Ha from Korea

Leading Hitter - Woo-Sung Lee from Korea (.692)

Top Pitcher - Myeong-Sin Kim (0.00 ERA with one win)

Most Runs Batted in - Chih-Chieh Su from Taiwan (8)

Most Home Runs - Kimio Watanabe from Japan (1)

27th Asian Championships

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Pakistan was selected to participate in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier. They were able to defeat Indonesia 7-1 in their opener in the Asian championships to justify that selection. Their second match did not go so well, with a 15-0 whipping by Japan. The game against Japan lasted just six innings and Pakistan was unable to squander a hit.

South Korea sent the hosts home on a bad note with an 8-2 over Taiwan. Korea went out and beat China the next day 12-2. Taiwan was able to recover from their opening day loss with a 21-0 slaughter of Indonesia.

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.

Rosters for Asian Championships

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

No professional players for the Asian championships but the link below provide the rosters. Teams from Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, Pakistan and Indonesia are participating in the tournament.

Asian Series Rosters