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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


16th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

RAIN CAUSES CANCELLATIONS:
Rain across Italy forced three games, one from Monday and two from Tuesday, to be rescheduled for Wednesday in Italy.  Yesterday’s Japan-Chinese Taipei game will be played Wednesday as will today’s Italy-Netherlands Antilles and Mexico-Canada games.  The four regularly scheduled games in the Netherlands will also be played Wednesday.   

UNITED STATES 4 JAPAN 1:
The USA made the most of their four hits against four Japanese pitchers, as Chris Smoak hit a  third inning two run homer and Terry Tiffee followed with a solo shot to lead the win. Trevor Plouff’s RBI single gave the USA a 4-0 lead in the seventh, and the Americans held off a late Japan rally to secure the win. USA pitcher Brad Lincoln was the latest to star on the mound, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing a run on six hits with five strikeouts.  Hiroyuki Kamegawa was the starter and loser for Japan, who outhit the U.S. 9-4 in the game.

CHINESE TAIPEI 5 AUSTRALIA 4 (10):
Australia was forced to go to extra innings for the second straight game, but this time it was Chinese Taipei coming from behind to post the win in Godo, Italy.  The game was a pitchers duel between Australia’s David Welch, who struck out 13 in just seven innings and allowed one run on four hits, and Chinese Taipei’s Wen-Yang Liao, who went nine innings and allowed a run on four hits.  The score was tied at one entering the tenth inning, when a throwing error allowed James Bereford to score the tie breaking run, and Christopher Snelling followed with an RBI single and Luke Hughes a sacrifice fly to put the Aussies up 4-1.  However in the bottom half of the inning, Chinese Taipei scored a pair of one out runs on a throwing error by shortstop James Beresford, his second of the game, and Hung Hu-Lin followed with a pinch hit two run home run off  pitcher Paul Mildren to give Chinese Taipei the win. The win avenged a 5-4 loss to Australia in Round One.   

NOTES:

AFTER SLOW START, CHINESE TAIPEI WINS THREE STRAIGHT: 
Chinese Taipei has suddenly won three games in a row after starting out 0-2.  Wins yesterday against host Italy and today against Australia have followed a 10-1 win @ Czech Republic to end Round One.  Pitcher Yu-Ching Lin has notched two relief wins in the last three days to lead a staff that has allowed just three earned runs in their last 27 innings of work.

SMOAKIN THE HOMERS: 
Texas Rangers prospect Justin Smoak continued his torrid home run pace on Tuesday and now leads all players with six home runs in the World Cup. Smoak has a pair of two homer games for the USA, whose 16 homers as a team also lead the way.

WELCH SETS AUSSIE STRIKEOUT MARK, TIES GONAZLEZ FOR MOST IN A GAME:
Tuesday’s Australia-Chinese Taipei pitching duel saw Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect David Welch set an Australian record with 13 strikeouts in just seven innings. The 13 ‘s match Cuba’s Miguel Gonzalez, who had 13 strikeouts against Puerto Rico in round one,

CUBANS ONLY 5-0 TEAM:
Led by a pitching staff with a 1.88 ERA and 58 strikeouts vs. only 12 walks, Cubans is the lone remaining undefeated team from the first two rounds. Cuban pitcher Miguel Gonzalez struck out ten consecutive batters against Puerto Rico in his first start (13 overall in 6 1/3 innings), one short of the World Cup mark of 11 set by former Major Leaguer Burt Hooton (Dodgers and Cubs) of the USA in 1971.

USA PITCHING IN CONTROL AGAIN:
 
Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Brad Lincoln made his second start another solid one, allowing just one run against Japan on Tuesday. Lincoln joins a rotation that has seen Texas Rangers prospect Kasey Kiker San Diego Padres prospect Cory Luebeke, California Angels prospect Trevor Reckling and Atlanta Braves prospect Todd Redmond combine to allow just two earned runs, 13 hits and 40 strikeouts in 34 innings.  On Saturday Reckling, had 11 K’s against China, which tied the mark of former Dodger and Cubs pitcher Burt Hooten, who fanned 11 consecutive batters in 1970.  Sunday, Luebeke joined Reckling, Ben McDonald (1988) and Hank Woodman (2003) as the only USA pitchers to reach double digits in a game.  Overall Team USA set their own World Cup record with 16 strikeouts vs. China, breaking the mark of 14 set against Brazil in 2003.

AUSSIES LOSE TWO BY A RUN:
Australia’s extra inning loss Tuesday was their second by a lone run, following their 10-9 loss to Mexico in Round One.  In their four wins, Australia’s margin of victory is seven, including two 13 run victories.  Their 61 runs scored are the most thus far in the tournament, and their 13 home runs trail only Cuba (14) and USA (16).

ORIOLES PROSPECTS LEADING THE WAY FOR PUERTO RICO, SPAIN: 
The Baltimore Orioles have three players in this World Cup, but all three are making an impact for their respective countries.  Daniel and Paco Figueroa are leading Spain in hitting and were key factors in Monday’s landmark win over Venezuela, while Puerto Rico’s Miguel Abreu is leading his team in hitting (.471, 6 runs scored three doubles). Paco Figeuroa leads the team with a .438 average, while Daniel is hitting at a .421 pace.

METS PROSPECTS AND VETS ALSO MAKING AN IMPACT: 
Besides the 10 Minnesota Twins prospects in the World Cup, the New York Mets organisation is represented by 13 players, eight current and four former players. Team USA first baseman Ike Davis, the club’s 2008 first round pick, is hitting .417 while infielders Shawn Bowman and Jonathan Malo are playing for Team Canada, infielder Stefan Welch is playing for  Australia and is second on the team with 3 HR and 8 RBI, right handed pitcher Montero Cruz is  playing for Spain, catcher Kai Gronauer  represented Germany, lefthanded pitcher Arturo Lopez  plays for Mexico and infielder Ray Van Gurp is on the Netherlands roster.  Puerto Rico’s roster has four former Mets players not currently signed to an MLB team, including Jose Santiago, Raul Casanova, Luis Matos, Jose Valentin and Juan Padilla. Valentin is tied for Puerto Rico’s lead in runs scored with six.

NICARAGUA’S GONZALEZ CONTINUES TORRID PACE:
Nicaragua’s third baseman Jimmy Morales Gonzalez continues to lead all hitters with 5 HR 12 RBI and a .688 average through five games. The 31 year old Gonzalez played in the Pioneer and California Leagues from 1998-2000 in the Dodgers organisation, for Great Falls and San Bernadino, and has played for Granada in the Nicaraguan Professional League since then.  He had 20 HR and 180 RBI with a .295 average in his three seasons in the minors.

EXTRA INNING RULE IN PLAY AGAIN: 
The IBAF’s Extra Inning Rule, designed to control the length of games, took effect for the second time Monday in the Australia-Canada game.  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 the eleventh 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.  The rule has now been used three times including Tuesday’s Australia-Chinese Taipei game, Monday’s Australia-Canada game and last Thursday’s Venezuela-USA game. The Aussies are now 1-1 in extra inning games.