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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


17th September 2009
DUTCH & CUBANS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP
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RAIN ALTERS THE ITALIAN SCHEDULE

Two make-up games were played today in Italy, with the game scheduled for Torino moved to Godo due to persistent rains.  San Marino played host to the Japan-Chinese Taipei clash, while Mexico and Canada squared off in Godo.  In the Netherlands, all four games went off as planned.

2ND ROUND CONTINUES THURSDAY:
The second round, which will be held at sites in the Netherlands and Italy, continues Thursday.  A full slate of games in Italy is headlined by a battle of unbeatens when Chinese Taipei meets the United States in Torino.  Other games include Canada-Japan (Bologna), Australia-Italy (Parma), and Mexico-Netherland Antilles (San Marino).  All games start at 20:00.  Four games will also take place in the Netherlands, with Puerto Rico and Great Britain starting off the action at 13:00 in Haarlem.  The night games, all which start at 19:00, include Netherlands-Venezuela (Haarlem), Spain-Cuba (Amsterdam), and Nicaragua-South Korea (Rotterdam).

The complete second round matchups for the week can be seen at: http://www.facebook.com/l/0d0bf;hosting3.sportingpulse.com /www.2009baseballworldcup.com/index.php?id=10

PUERTO RICO 3 KOREA 2: 
Puerto Rico knocked off Korea , 3-2, on Wednesday, behind a stellar pitching performance from Mario Santiago.  The win moves Puerto Rico to 2-1, while Korea falls to 1-2. Puerto Rico was on the board first, scoring a run in the bottom half of the opening frame off an RBI ground out from Luis Matos.  Both teams scored in the fourth inning, Korea tacking on one run behind an RBI double from Young-Hun Cho, and Puerto Rico plating two with an RBI double from Alex Cintron.  Korea scored one more run in the eighth, but Puerto Rico held on for the victory.  Santiago earned the win after giving up no earned runs in his seven innings, while striking out five.  Richard Rodriguez was awarded the save, and Seung-Lak Son of Korea took the loss.

CHINESE TAIPEI 3 JAPAN 1 (10): 
In Wednesday’s Pool G afternoon game, Chinese Taipei defeated its intercontinental rival Japan in extra innings, 3-1.  Taipei scored a run in the top of the first, Japan tied the game in the sixth, but in the end, Japan couldn’t match Taipei’s two runs in the 10th with the game under the international extra-inning tie-break rule.  It was a two-man show for Taipei , with start Chih-Lung Huang going the distance, giving up only the one run (unearned) and striking out four in 10 innings.  At the plate Hung-Yu Lin led Taipei with two hits while driving in all three runs.  Japan starter Tomohisa Otani had a wasted effort, allowing only one run and striking out seven batters over 8.1 innings.  Leadoff hitter Shoh Aranami led Japan with the bat, going 2-3 with a run scored.

CANADA 4 MEXICO 2: 
Canada bounced back from their Monday loss to USA, as five pitchers combined to scatter seven hits in a win of Mexico in Godo, Italy.  The Canadians grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead on a Brett Lawrie sacrifice fly and a Tim Smith RBI single, extended it to 4-0 on Shawn Bowman’s RBI singles in the fourth and sixth.  Catcher Saul Soto’s two run home run in the eighth cut the lead to 4-2, but Cleveland Indians prospect Robert Swindle struck out Jesus Cota with the tying runs on base in the ninth to end the game. 

NETHERLANDS 10 SPAIN 5: 
The homestanding Dutch moved to 3-0 by doubling up Spain in Haarlem.  Eugene Kinsgale led off the bottom of the first with a triple and scored on a Yurendell Decaster to start the scoring against starter Antonio Noguera and Sidney deJong’s sacrifice fly scored Decaster with a second run to make it 2-0 after one inning of play.  The Dutch then broke the game open in the second, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on seven hits to make it 9-0.  Hainley Statia and Raily Legito both had two run doubles to lead the Dutch in the inning.  Spain did rally to within 9-5 in the fourth on a Febles two run single but never got any closer.  The Netherlands pounded out 16 hits, including three by Kingsale.

CUBA 10 VENEZUELA 0: 
The Cubans continued their undefeated play, as Norge Vera and Yadier Pedroso combined on a four hit shutout of Venezuela. Cuba jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an Enriquez RBI double, a Yoennis Cespedes sacrifice fly and an Jose Abreu single in the first, extended it to 4-0 on an Alfredo Despaigne home run in the fourth and added another pair in the seventh and four more in the eighth for the win. Abreu’s three hits and three RBI led Cuba’s 14 hit attack.

NICARAGUA 4 GREAT BRITAIN 1: 
Diego Garcia pitched a complete game five hitter, allowing one run as Nicaragua defeated Great Britain. Nicaragua scored all the runs they would need in the second, stringing together four hits, including a Guido double to take a 3-0 lead off GB starter Brian Essery.  An Adolofo Matamoros double scored the fourth run in the seventh for Nicaragua, who managed only one earned run against Essery and Thomas Boleska

NOTES:

CUBA AT 6-0 LEADING THE WAY:
With Wednesday’s win Cuba continued their unbeaten run in the World Cup.. Led by a pitching staff with a 1.59 ERA and 70 strikeouts vs. only 12 walks, and a World Cup best .351 batting average, the Cubans are the lone remaining undefeated team from the first two rounds. Cuban pitcher Norge Vera raised his record to 2-0 on Wednesday and has yet to allow a run in 14 innings, while 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. 

CHINESE TAIPEI PACED BY PITCHING: 
Chinese Taipei won their fourth straight Wednesday has suddenly won three games in a row after starting out 0-2.  Their staff that has allowed just four earned runs in their last 37 innings of work.

DUTCH MOVE TO 3-0 ON HOME TURF: 
The Netherlands improved their record to 3-0 with Wednesday’s win.  San Francisco Giants prospect Sharlon Schoop, who played with Connecticut of the Eastern League this season, is hitting .583 (7-12) in the first three games, while former Baltimore Oriole Eugene Kingsale is hitting at a .455 pace.

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.

NEW DUTCH HALL OF FAMER:
Former national team-pitcher and manager Jan-Dick Leurs officially was inducted into the Dutch Baseball and Softball Hall of Fame on Wednesday during a ceremony before the game of the Netherlands and Spain in Haarlem. As a player, Leurs won five Dutch championships with Haarlem Nicols, whom he then coached to six more titles. As manager of the Dutch national team, Leurs guided the squad to three European titles.

EXTRA INNING RULE:
The IBA’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 11th 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 four times, with Chinese Taipei now 2-0 and Australia 1-1 in extra inning games.