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5th October 09
BASEBALL BLOGS

28th September
USA DEFENDS WORLD CUP:

27th September
USA DEFEATS CUBA TO TAKE GOLD AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP SUNDAY:

26th September
RESULTS FROM SATURDAY

25th September 2009
LATEST FROM THE BASEBALL WORLD CUP:

24th September
BASEBALL WORLD CUP LATEST UPDATES:

22nd September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP FINAL EIGHT BEGINS TUESDAY IN ITALY

21st September
Final Eight Nations Set, Seedings To Be Determined Monday As Baseball World Cup Reaches Championship:

September 18th
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES

17th September
THURSDAYS RESULTS
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17th September 2009
DUTCH & CUBANS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP
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16th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

13th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

12th September 2009
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP...RESULTS AND NOTES FOR END OF ROUND ONE

11th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES:  DAY THREE

10th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY TWO RESULTS AND NOTES

9th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY ONE SUMMARIES


10th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY TWO RESULTS AND NOTES

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JAPAN 9 GREAT BRITAIN 7:
They had not won a World Cup game since 1938, but Great Britain almost pulled off one of the greatest upsets in international baseball history Thursday in Zagreb, Croatia. Japan led 9-2 entering the last half of the ninth before England rallied for five runs, including three on a home run by Samuel Wiley (his third hit of the game), and had the bases loaded with two out before P Eiichi Hirai struck out pinch hitter Richard Klijn to end the game. The game almost ended two batters earlier, when 2B Timothy Collins struck, out but the ball got away from the catcher allowing Collins to advance to first base and the seventh run to score. Bradley Marcelino followed with a single to load the bases again before the final out.

VENEZUELA 13 USA 9 (11 inn.): 
Venezuela came from 7-2 down to surprise the defending World Cup champions before a near capacity crowd in Regensburg, Germany. Dirimo Chavez’s Grand Slam in the eleventh inning off P Nate Field, Venezuela’s second grand slam in three innings, capped the comeback, which saw Venezuela tie the game at 7-7 in the ninth on former Colorado Rockies outfielder  Rene Reyes’ Grand Slam off pitcher Jason Childers.  The U.S. had grabbed the early lead on a pair of Justin Smoak homers and another by Tug Hulett and appeared to be in control until Venezuela’s ninth inning rally.  In the tenth the IBAF extra inning rule took effect, with teams starting the inning with runners on first and second to start the frame and both teams took advantage, first Venezuela scored a pair to take their first lead of the game at 9-7, but the U.S. rallied to knot the score and force the eleventh, setting the stage for Chavez’s dramatics. 

NICARAGUA 10 CROATIA 1:
Nicaragua jumped out to a 9-0 lead and used a balanced 13 hit attack to defeat homestanding Croatia in Zagreb, the Croatians first-ever game in World Cup competition. Nicaragua’s Jimmy Morales hit a two run first inning home run, and followed that up with another three run homer in the fifth to break the game open. Esteban Garcia also homered for Nicaragua, who used four pitchers on a combined five hitter.

CUBA 10 PUERTO RICO 0:

A standing room-only crowd saw the Cubans begin the road back to avenging their defeat in the Gold Medal game in 2007 with a 10-0 seven inning win over Caribbean rival Puerto Rico. Cuba got all the runs they needed in the first inning, as Leonia Martin led the game off with a double and scored on a Yuliski Gourriel single. Gourriel later scored on an Alfredo Despaigne single, staking starter Norge Vera to a 2-0 lead. Vera struck out the first four batters he faced, and Puerto Rico could only manage three hits in the seven innings. 

CANADA 9 KOREA 1

Canada broke open a close game with an eight run seventh inning and went on to defeat Korea in the opener for both teams. Adam Loewen’s second double of the night drove in DH Tim Smith with the go-ahead run.  Milwaukee Brewers prospect Nick Bucci hurled five three hit shutout innings to get things started for Canada, while Korea’s Kyung-Eun Noh allowed one run over six innings before the seventh inning meltdown.  .

MEXICO 8 CHINESE TAIPEI 0
 
Jesus Cota hit three home runs, including a three run shot in the seventh inning, to lead Mexico to their opening win. Rafael Diaz went six innings to get the win.

EXTRA INNING RULE TAKES EFFECT: 
The IBAF’s Extra Inning Rule, designed to control the length of games, took effect for the first time in the World Cup Thursday in Germany.  For extra innings, each team starts their half of the inning with runners on first and second and no out.  Each subsequent inning starts the same until a winner is determined.  A version of the rule, starting in the11th inning, was implemented during the Beijing Olympics and was used five times, with only one game going an additional inning before being decided. The World Baseball Classic adapted the rule, starting in the 14th  inning, but it was never put into effect. Thursday both Venezuela and the United States scored two runs in the10th inning before Venezuela’s four run eleventh inning decided the game. 

EARLY ATTENDANCE SOLID:
The first two days of play have seen standing room crowds in Barcelona for Cuba-Puerto Rico (capacity 2,500), near capacity crowds of over 5,500 in Regensburg, Germany, a first day crowd of 2,500 in Prague and a crowd of over 1,500 in Sundyberg.  Sundyberg is expecting near capacity for Saturday, and Regensburg is expecting a sell out for Friday’s game with the United States. Ticket sales in the Netherlands and Italy for the second round are also very strong, with teams at select sites still to be determined. The warm up series between Italy and the Netherlands in the Netherlands this week has also drawn near capacity crowds. Italy and the Netherlands had first round byes in the World Cup.   

METS, YANKS PROSPECTS GIVE CUP A NEW YORK FLAVOR
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Besides the 10 Minnesota Twins prospects in the World Cup, the New York Mets organisation is represented by eight players, second most among Major League teams. Team USA first baseman Ike Davis, the club’s 2008 first round pick, also played on the USA 18 and under National Team in 2004 and Team USA’s 16 and under National Team in 2003. Davis hit .298 (128-429) with 31 doubles, 20 home runs and 71 RBI in 114 games between St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League this year. Infielders Shawn Bowman and Jonathan Malo will play for Team Canada, infielder Stefan Welch will represent Australia, right handed pitcher Montero Cruz will play for Spain, catcher Kai Gronauer will represent Germany, lefthanded pitcher Arturo Lopez will play for Mexico and infielder Ray Van Gurp will play for Netherlands. New York Yankees organisation has four players, including Mexico’s Arturo Lopez and Australia’s Stefan Welch, who went 4-6 in Australia’s opening win.

SAMARANCH ATTENDS OPENER, DIPLOMACY REIGNS IN BARCELONA:
Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch attended Spain’s opening win over South Africa. Samaranch was instrumental in bringing baseball to the Olympic programme in Barcelona in 1992. Baseball was denied re-entry into the Olympics for 2016 recently, making it the largest sport in the world not on the Olympic programme.  On Thursday, Bruce Bourbeau, the U.S. consul stationed in Barcelona was joined by Ayaz Hussain, consul general from Pakistan for the Puerto Rico-Cuba game. Hussain´s son Syed Zohair Hussain, was also in attendance and became a very quick fan..

DIAMONDS ON THE FIELD AND IN THE GALLERY
In conjunction with the Baseball World Cup, an Italian exhibit entitled battiti tra diamanti e diamanti, "heartbeats between diamonds and diamonds" has opened in Rome. The exhibit combines baseball with paintings, music and jewels. The organisers have brought in painters Ottorino Mancioli, Rocco Dubbini, Antonio Rovaldi, Donatella Spaziani and Adrian Tranquilli who link the passion of baseball to the passion of the arts.