Archive for October, 2018

Taiwan Edges Colombia to Qualify for Super Round

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

In the rain makeups Taiwan edged Colombia to qualify for the Super Round. Unfortunately, they must go into this Super Round 0-2.

Taiwan 6 Colombia 5

It was a tight 1-1 game after five. In the tenth inning when teams are allowed to put two runners on base the game got wild. Taiwan scored five and Colombia could only muster four giving Taiwan the edge and advancement to the Super Round.

Kai-Wei Li got the big hit with a bases clearing double to drive in three. Colombia battled back with three driven in on a triple by Zabala Murillo. Milton Ramos drove her in with a single but Chun-Chang Su retired the last two hitters to win the game.

Reiver SanMartin pitched five innings of shutout ball before Colombia went to the pen. San Martin only gave up one run in the 11 innings he had pitched in the tournament. Liang-Chih Chen pitched 8.1 innings, allowing just one run. He was a bit wild walking seven.

Netherlands 7 South Africa 3

In a game that meant little the Netherlands won their second straight game.

Red Sox Steal Another Game

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Myworld had a busy day yesterday. We were conked out after the fourth inning of last night’s game. The last we remember the Dodgers were up 2-1. When we awoke the Red Sox had won 4-2.

David Price pitched well. He went six innings allowing just two runs. The bullpen of Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi and Craig Kimbrel went perfect with one inning each for the last three. The Dodgers offense managed only three hits off Price, going 0 for 16 after they scored two runs in the fourth.

In this new game of relying on the bullpen, Hyun-Jin Ryu may have been left in one inning too long. He gave up three runs in the fifth, enough to give the Red Sox the win. Ryu retired the first two hitters in the inning but the number nine hitter Christian Vazquez ripped a single to keep the inning going. That brought the top of the Red Sox order and should have singled to Roberts that it was time to go to the pen. Mookie Betts got the second of his three hits and Andrew Benintendi walked to load the bases.

The Dodgers brought in Ryan Madson, a batter before J. D. Martinez. He walked Steve Pearce to tie the game. J.D. Martinez does what he does best, slicing a single to right field to break the tie and give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead.

Rafael Devers failed to drive in a run, ending his consecutive RBI streak at eight games. With an RBI he would have broken the record he now has to share with Lou Gehrig, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard of post season consecutive game RBI streak with eight.

The series now goes to Los Angeles where the Dodgers will try to change their fortune at home.

Red Sox Strike First in World Series Win Over the Dodgers

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

These two teams have not met in a playoff game since 1916. Babe Ruth pitched in that World Series game. Clayton Kershaw, another pretty good lefty had never pitched at Fenway. His struggles in the playoffs continued as the Red Sox treated his first visit rudely with five runs in just four innings of work. Chris Sale, the ace of the Red Sox staff was only able to survive four innings before departing with three runs allowed.

The Red Sox bullpen was pretty sharp, limiting the Dodgers to just one run in the last five innings. If that is the Red Sox achilles heel it is the bullpen. Craig Kimbrel was pretty sharp for once, retiring the Dodgers in order with two whiffs. Andrew Benintendi had a good day with four hits, all against lefthanded pitchers.

Tough to find an unlikely hero. Rafael Devers got the start at third. If you had to identify one it would be Eduardo Nunez. He pinch hit for Devers in the seventh with the score a precarious 5-4 and hit a three run homerun. That put the game safely on ice for the Red Sox.

Mookie Betts gave the nation an opportunity for free tacos at Taco Bell with his stolen base in the first inning. You have to get the taco on November 1 between 2-6 PM local time. J.D. Martinez got a big hit with his RBI double off the wall in center field to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. He could have had a triple if he had not stumbled rounding second.

Rafael Devers RBI single in the seventh gave him RBIs in eight consecutive post season starts. He now joins an esteemed group led by Lou Gehrig, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard for the longest RBI streaks in post season history.

And finally the villain of these playoffs, Manny Machado drove in three of the four runs for the Dodgers. He had an RBI single, RBI ground out and sacrifice fly to drive in the three runs but it was not enough.

Under 23 World Cup - Day 5

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

The Netherlands won their first game, upsetting Taiwan and the Czech Republic almost shocked the Dominican Republic. Five of the six teams have advanced to the Super Round.

Venezuela 9 Korea 2

The two teams will advance to the Super Round, but Venezuela will advance with no losses while Korea will carry over two losses. And the domination they received at the hands of Venezuela. Nivaldo Rodriguez shutout Korea on two hits for four innings. The Koreans were able to pull to within 3-2 against the Venezuelan bullpen in the sixth. Jose Rodriguez shut them out for the final 3.2 innings. In total the Venezuelan pitchers finished the game with 14 strikeouts.

The Venezuelans were able to spray 13 hits and six walks into nine runs. The top two hitters in the lineup, Yonny Hernandez and Jesus Lujano led the charge with two RBIs each. Hernandez and Carlos Machado led all players with three hits each. Of the 13 Venezuelan hits, only one went for extra bases.

Sung-Ju Moon led Korea with three of their seven hits and drove in both runs with a double.

Japan 7 Colombia 2

Japan remained undefeated with their win over Colombia. Colombia must still beat Taiwan in a makeup game to hope to advance. Colombia scored first to take an early 1-0 lead. Two three run innings, one in the third and another in the seventh was too much for Colombia. Taiga Matsuo got the big hit for Japan with his two run triple in the third to give Japan a 2-1 lead. He later scored on a wild pitch. Hisanori Yasuda also drove in two runs with two sacrifice flies, one in the seventh and the other in the ninth.

Dominican Republic 9 Czech Republic 8

The Dominicans advanced to the super round with a wild win over the Czechs. In the tenth they scored two runs to win the game. Jeison Guzman is credited with the walk off single to give the Dominicans the win. The Czechs remain winless.

The Dominicans had jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after two and all seemed cool after that. Hansel Moreno punched a two run shot in the third and Wendell Rijo went solo. In the fifth Martin Muzik finished off the five run fifth with a three run homer and the game was tied 5-5. The Dominicans called on Eduardo del Rosario to finish the game, throwing 3.2 innings of almost shutout ball. He gave up one unearned run in the 10th on a wild pitch. In extra innings in international play runners are placed on first and second to begin the inning.

Netherlands 10 Taiwan 9

The Netherlands diminished Taiwan’s chances of advancing to the Super Round. They must now beat Colombia to have any hope of advancing. Like the Dominican game, the Netherlands scored two runs in the bottom of the tenth to win the game. The last run was scored when Tijmen Takke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Taiwan chose to walk Sherton Apostel to load the bases and face Takke, who had come in the game as a pinch runner. Apostel was 3 for 5 with two doubles, a homerun and four RBIs.

Netherlands had jumped out to an early 5-0 lead but could not hold it.

Mexico 13 South Africa 3

Mexico advanced to the Super Round. South Africa scored their first runs of the tournament. Both teams were happy. Roberto Valenzuela and Orlando Pina both went deep, each with their second homeruns of the tournament. The two combined to drive in seven of the 13 runs for Mexico.

Puerto Rico 3 Australia 2

Puerto Rico knocked Australia out of the Super Round with the win. At 2-3 Puerto Rico fails to advance as well. Isan Diaz drove in all the runs for Puerto Rico with two homeruns. He hit a solo shot in the third and a two run blast in the fifth. He came into the game 1 for 12. Luis Sanchez pitched two perfect innings to stamp out the victory and eliminate Australia from the Super Round.

Heroes Advance in KBO Playoffs

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The Nexon Heroes beat the Hanwha Eagles 5-2 to win their five game series three games to one. They will advance to play the second place team the SK Wyverns.

Gyu-Min Kim stroked a clutch two out bases loaded single in the fourth to give the Heroes a 3-2 lead. Byeong-Wuk Lim extended the lead in the eighth with his two out two run double. Byung-Ho Park contributed to both innings, walking in the fourth and singling in the eighth. He scored both times.

The 19 year old Woo-Jin Ahn worked 5.2 innings of shutout relief to get the win. He finished the regular season with a 7.19 ERA.

Uni Lions Advance to Taiwan Series

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

The Uni Lions advanced to the Taiwan Series with their nail biting 9-8 win over the Fubon Guardians to win their best of five series thee games to one. Both teams combined for 24 hits, but it was the second through sixth innings that won the game. The Lions outscored the Guardians in those frames 9-1.

The Lions scored three runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead, all the runs scoring after the Guardians retired the first two hitters. The Lions loaded the bases for Chieh-Hsien Chen. His single would have possibly tied the game, but the catcher’s throw went out to center field trying to get Chen advancing to second and the centerfielder’s throw sailed to the back stop to allow the go ahead run to score and give the Lions a lead they would not relinquish.

The Guardians did rally in the ninth with an RBI double from Kuo-Hui Kao making the score 9-8. The 22 year old youngster Yun-Wen Chen struck out the next hitter to complete the save. The Lions were also reliant on 39 year old veteran Andy Van Hekken to pitch four innings of one run relief to keep the game in check. Che-Hsuan Lin did steal home against him in the second inning when Van Hekken was called on to quiet the Guardian bats.

The Lions will now face the Monkeys in a seven game playoff, with the Monkeys given a 1-0 series lead as a reward for winning the first two halves.

Information for this piece was stitched together from CPBLstats and CPBLEnglish, both good sources for following baseball in Taiwan.

Under 23 World Cup - Day 4 Japan and Venezuela Remain Undefeated

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Only Japan and Venezuela remain undefeated after the fourth day. Japan seems to do it with their pitching while Venezuela relies on their bats.

Japan 5 Netherlands 0

Japan completed their second shutout of the tournament. The European teams remain winless in these events. Hiroki Konda dominated in seven innings, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits. Japan scored all five of their runs in the first, taking advantage of three walks then coasted the rest of the way. Taiga Matsuo drove in two runs with his triple and Hisanori Yasuda drove in two with a single.

Venezuela 7 Dominican Republic 2

Venezuela knocked off a tough Dominican team to remain undefeated. For the Dominicans it is their second loss. They scored both their runs in the second inning on a two run homer by Martin Taveras, his second of the tournament. Ivan Andueza came on in relief after the third inning and held the Dominicans hitless for six innings, striking out 10 and walking two. Carlos Machado hit a two run single in a three run first, which Andueza confirmed was all the runs the Venezuelans needed. Jorna Rodriguez finished a perfect 3 for 3 hitting from the ninth spot in the order with three runs scored. He also stole two bases.

Korea 14 Australia 7

Korea got a big win to take over second place in pool two, tacking a second loss to Australia’s ledger. Australia scored six in the opening frame but could not hold the lead. They again got big production from the bottom of their order, with number eight hitter Mitchel Warke-Edwards going deep twice, once in the first inning with a three run blast and again in the sixth with a solo shot.

Korea bounced back in the second inning with eight runs. Chan-Hyung Kim hit the first of his two homeruns in the inning, a grand slam to pull Korea to within one. Gyeong-Won Jun hit a two run double in the inning to put Korea up 7-6. Kim blasted another homer in the eighth, a two run bomb to give him six RBIs for the game. Dong-Hui Han sealed the victory with his three run homer in the seventh. He finished the day 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

Taiwan 12 South Africa 0

Taiwan got their first win and South Africa extended their scoreless streak to 0 for the tournament. Yun-Chen Tai walloped a grand slam homer in an eight run third that put the game out of reach.

Mexico 7 Colombia 6

Mexico got a big win giving Colombia their first loss. It also put them in second place at 3-1. Mexico had jumped out to an early 5-1 lead. Carlos Morales had pitched five shutout innings. He was taken out in the sixth after issuing a one out walk. The bullpen coughed up the lead in the seventh, giving up five runs. Derwin Pomare got the big hit, a bases clearing double that drove in three. Pomare finished the day with four RBIs, delivering an RBI single in the sixth that gave Colombia their first run.

Not deterred, Mexico battled back. They scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh on a strikeout/wild pitch, scoring a run without benefit of putting the ball in play. The leadoff hitter walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. The walks continued to hurt Colombia with another leadoff walk in the eighth scoring on a Roberto Valenzuela triple in right field to give Mexico the lead.

Erick Casillas got credit for the win, working his second inning of relief to close out the victory. He gave up a two out double to Milton Ramos but retired the next hitter on a fly out to end the game.

Puerto Rico 20 Czech Republic 0

Puerto Rico got their first win, their bats taking it out on the winless Czechs. The game only went five as Puerto Rico scored in every inning. Gabriel Cancel was the big bat with six RBIs, including a three run homer in the first. Xavier Fernandez clubbed a solo shot in the first, finishing the day 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Lean Marrero and Aldemar Burgos each crossed the plate four times.

Rain Dampens World Games in Colombia

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Rain forced the postponement of the Netherlands/South Africa and Taiwan/Colombia games. The other games were played with the only minor upset the Australian win over previously undefeated Dominican Republic.

Australia 4 Dominican Republic 3

Australia got back in the super round playoff race winning their second game of pool play over the previously undefeated Dominican Republic. They scored all their runs in the fourth inning with Jordan McArdle getting the big hit with his three run homerun. Australia has now gotten three homeruns from their 8th and 9th hitters in the order.

Martin Taveras got the scoring going for the Dominican Republic in the second with a solo shot. He added a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth to give the Dominicans an early 2-0 lead, but they could not hold it.

Jack Enciondo pitched the ninth inning to close out the victory, though he did give up a deep fly to left that left some Aussie fans squirming in their seats.

Japan 7 Mexico 2

Japan won the battle of the undefeateds. Yasuhito Uchida hit his second homerun of the tournament, a three run blast in the first inning to get things started for Japan and score all the runs they needed to win the game.

Mexico got a solo shot from Bernardo Heras in the fourth, but needed a lot more to win this game.

Korea 6 Puerto Rico 3

Korea won their second game, knocking Puerto Rico out of any chance of getting to the super round. Sang-Hyun Jeon had trouble finding the plate, walking five, but allowed just one run in his five innings of work. Jin-Won Ye, Kyeong-Tae Hwang and Chan-Hyung Kim each led the offense with three hits each. Ye drove in two runs and scored one from the leadoff spot and Hwang also drove in two and scored once. Jung-Yong Yi worked the last two innings to complete the save.

Puerto Rico had scored first on a solo shot from Emmanuel Rivera in the opening frame.

Venezuela 8 Czech Republic 2

Venezuela remained undefeated, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to easily defeat the Czech Republic. For the Czechs they remain winless and are eliminated from advancing to the Super Round. The Venezuelan pitchers were a bit wild, walking nine hitters but the Czechs stranded 12 runners, not taking advantage of their opportunities.

Leandro Cedeno and Joscar Alvarez hit solo shots for Venezuela. Cedeno’s homerun in the four run sixth broke a 2-2 tie. Cruz Noriega pitched the last three innings to earn the save.

Hawks to Japan Series Again

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

The Hawks knocked off the Seibu Lions 6-5 to win the Pacific Conference and face the Hiroshima Carp in the Japan Series. The defending champs, who have won three of the last four Japan Series achieved their feat rising up through the wild card ranks. Yuki Yanagita led the offensive charge. He started the scoring in the first with a three run double and then hit a solo shot in the sixth. He was voted the MVP for this playoff series.

Seiji Uebayashi continued his hot bat with a two run triple in the eighth that gave the Hawks the cushion they needed. He drove in ten runs in the series compared to Yanagita’s eight.

Takeya Nakamura went deep for the Lions in the ninth off Hawk closer Yuito Mori to pull to within one, but Mori was able to contain any further damage and retired the side to preserve the win.

Eagles Win Game Three to Avoid Sweep

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

The Hanwha Eagles won game three 4-3 to avoid being swept by the Nexen Heroes, who had won the first two games of the five game playoff series. Jared Hoying hit a solo homerun in the sixth to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead. After the Heroes tied the game in the bottom frame he started a ninth inning rally with a lead off single. Tae-Kyun Kim roped an RBI double to give the Eagles the lead again. Woo-Ram Jung, pitching in his second inning of relief gave up a one out single in the ninth, but was able to retire the final two hitters to pick up the win.

The second inning was filled with excitement. After back to back RBI singles gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead, they still had runners on first and second with no outs. Hea-Sung Kim hit a hard grounder over third base. Min-Sung Kim was able to snag the grounder, step on third, fire the ball to second with another throw to first to complete the triple play, the third triple play in KBO post season history.

The Heroes will have to play the rest of the post season without their young superstar outfielder Jung-Hoo Lee. He hurt his shoulder diving for a ball in game two. The shoulder will need surgery putting him out for the post season. The young outfielder was the straw that stirred the Heroes drink, batting leadoff and getting on base with his .355 average. It will be tough for the Heroes to find a replacement for the leadoff spot.