Cuba Eliminates Taiwan with a Shellacking

The Cuban bats finally woke up.  Or Taiwan did not have any arms left to counteract the Cuban bats.  It took Cuba only seven innings to dispose of Taiwan 14-0.  Every pitcher Taiwan threw out except Yu-Ching Lin gave up a dinger, but Lin still gave up four runs in his two plus innings of work.

Cuba got homeruns from Frederich Cepeda in the first, Yasmany Tomas hit a 3-run homer in the fourth and Jose Abreu and Alfredo Despaigne hit back to back solo shots in the eight run sixth.  Jose Fernandez and Cepeda drove in three runs each for Cuba.

Danny Betancourt limited the Taiwan bats to six shutout innings, giving up only three hits and walking two.  The Cubans will now play the loser of the Japan and Netherlands winner’s bracket game.  Both teams have given Cuba trouble in the past, but Victor Mesa may have given the Netherlands some chewing fodder when he stated Netherlands was not that good.

The box score for the game can be found here: http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_03_09_tpeint_cubint_1&mode=box

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