Under 23 World Cup - First Day of Super Round

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Japan 3 Korea 2

Japan just squeezed past Korea to remain undefeated. Korea is the lone winless team in the Super Round and virtually out of any possibility for a gold medal appearance. All of the runs from Japan were driven in by the big powerful bat of Yasuhito Uchida. Uchida only has four hits in the tournament, but three have carried over the fence. He hit his third in the sixth, a two run shot. In the first inning he got his first hit that was not a homerun, an RBI single. Uchida plays for the Rakuten Golden Eagles where last year he slugged 12 homeruns in 58 games but hit only .198.

Korea made it close in the seventh when two hitters were hit by pitch with the bases loaded. They loaded the bases with three walks. The Japanese bullpen had a hard time finding the plate, walking six hitters and hitting two in 4.1 innings of work. Korea had a runner thrown out at home in the fifth and stranded eight runners between the sixth through eighth innings.

Mexico 10 Venezuela 4

Mexico handed the Venezuelans their first loss of the tournament. Roberto Valenzuela slugged his third homerun, a grand slam in the six run sixth to allow Mexico to pull away from Venezuela. Valenzuela also stole home in the third on a first and third double steal. Luis Rodriguez earned his second win of the tournament working 5.1 innings and allowing just two runs. Mexico is now tied with Venezuela in the Super Round at 2-1.

Taiwan 3 Dominican Republic 1

Kai-Wei Li got a big bases clearing three run double in the 10th inning in Taiwan’s first win, 6-5 over Colombia that got them in the Super Round. He came up big again yesterday in the 10th inning coming up with two runners on and hitting a two run double to give Taiwan their second win, their first in the Super Round. Taiwan got nine solid innings from Hao-Chun Cheng, who gave up one unearned run in the second inning. He struck out eight and allowed just three hits. Chen-Yu Wu was able to hold the Dominicans scoreless despite having two runners on, pitching to only two hitters (strikeout and ground out double play).

The Dominicans got six shutout innings from Claudio Galva. He allowed just two hits. It was his first start after two relief appearances in the tournament. He has yet to allow a run in nine innings striking out 11.

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