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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


September 18th
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES

KEY MATCHUPS ON TAP SATURDAY:
There will again be eight games played on Saturday in the Netherlands and Italy, including key matchups between South Korea and Cuba and the United States and Mexico.  The complete schedule can  be found at  http://www.facebook.com/l/4f150; 2009baseballworldcup.com/index.php?id=10

USA-AUSTRALIA RAINED OUT FRIDAY: 
Friday’s USA-Australia game was rained out. Make up date is TBD.

CHINESE TAIPEI 1 MEXICO 0 (10): 
Chia-Hao Chang scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the tenth inning to give Chinese Taipei a 1-0 win in Verona. Yen-Feng Lin and Yu-Ching Lin combined on a three hit 10 inning shutout.  Mexico had the bases loaded in the top of the tenth, but Cristian Presichi struck out swinging to end the threat.  Mexico’s three pitchers did not allow a Chinese Taipei runner to even reach third until the tenth inning as shortstop Han Lin was the only Chinese Taipei batter with more than one hit in the game.

ITALY 6 JAPAN 4:
 
The homestanding Italians posted a come from behind win in Provini, their first of the World Cup. Japan had a 2-0 lead on a two run, two out single by Kenji Suzuki in the second, but solo home runs by Mario Chiarini and Leonardo Zileri in the fourth and fifth tied the score, and a bases loaded, three run double by Franceso Impiriali in the sixth helped break the game open. Japan closed to within 6-4 in the ninth and had the bases loaded and one out, but reliever Franklin Torres struck out Tsutomu Sasaki and Go Yamaoka to end the game.   

NICARAGUA 9 SPAIN 5:

Nicaragua snapped a two game losing streak, as Juan Oviedo hit a three run first inning home run and Justo Rivas hit a two run shot in the fifth to lead the win.  Spain took advantage of two Nicaragua errors in the sixth to close to within 7-5, but a pair of bases loaded walks in the seventh pushed the lead back to 9-5, and pitchers Julio Raudez and Jose Saenz held Spain scoreless the rest of the way. Oviedo’s 3-4, 4 RBI day led Nicaragua, who overcame five errors in the game in Amsterdam.

NETHERLANDS 6 GREAT BRITAIN 0: 
Tom Stuifbergen and two relievers pitched an eight hit shut out as the Dutch remained undefeated with an 8-0 win over Great Britain in Rotterdam. Raily Legito’s second inning leadoff home run and an RBI triple by Hainley Statia gave the Netherlands a 2-0 lead they would never relinquish.  Statia, Legito, Eugene Kingsale and Sharlon Shoop all had two hits apiece for the Dutch.  Christopher Berset went 3-4 for Great Britain.

VENEZUELA 4 SOUTH KOREA 1:
Dirimi Chavez broke a 1-1 tie with a sixth inning leadoff home run as Venezuela defeated South Korea in Haarlem. Venezuela’s Orlando Perdomo pitched five no-hit innings but left a 1-1 tie, and Young-Hun Cho broke up the no-hit bid with a single, South Korea’s only hit of the game, in the sixth against Robert Zarate. Zarate and Jose Rodriguez held South Korea without a hit the rest of the way.

PUERTO RICO 5 CUBA 2:
Puerto Rico handed Cuba their first defeat of the World Cup, as Luis Matos’ leadoff eighth inning home run and a two run double by Jose Valentin broke a 2-2 eighth inning tie in Amsterdam.  Irving Falu’s third inning RBI single gave Puerto Rico a 1-0 lead, but Alfredo Despaigne’s fourth inning home run tied the score, before Puerto Rico retook the lead in the bottom of the inning when Matos was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Angel Sanchez. A fifth inning Ariel Pestano homer tied the game, and four Puerto Rico relievers held Cuba to just two hits over the final four innings. 

CANADA 19  NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 2: 
Team Canada pounded out 17 hits and scored in all but one inning against the Netherlands Antilles in Godo, Italy. Rene Tosoni, Brett Lawrie and Emerson Frostad had three hits each and Jimmy Van Ostrand’s three run first inning home run keyed the early onslaught. Lawrie and Shawn Bowman also homered for Canada, and Brooks McNiven pitched all six innings for the win.

NOTES:

DUTCH LONE UNDEFEATED TEAM AT 5-0 ON HOME TURF: 
The Netherlands improved their record to 5-0 with Friday’s win.  San Francisco Giants prospect Sharlon Schoop, who played with Connecticut of the Eastern League this season, is hitting .550 (11-20) in the first five games, while Los Angeles Angels prospect Hainley Statia (7-16, .438) and former Baltimore Oriole Eugene Kingsale is hitting at a .368 pace. The Netherlands are leading all teams with a .344 batting average.

PUERTO RICO  COMING ON STRONG:
 
Friday’s win by Puerto Rico was their third straight and followed one run wins over South Korea and Great Britain.  Puerto Rico’s mix of veterans and rising stars is led by Baltimore Orioles prospect Miguel Abreu, their leading hitter at .387 (11 hits) and a team best eight runs scored.

CHINESE TAIPEI PITCHING BOUNCES BACK: 
Chinese Taipei bounced back from their 14-3 loss Thursday to the USA to shutout hard hitting Mexico in 10 innings Friday. Yu-Ching Lin is 3-0 in relief for Chinese Taipei to lead all pitchers in wins, and in their four wins their staff  has allowed just four earned runs in their last 47 innings of work.

CUBA STOPPED BUT STILL SETTING THE PITCHING PACE:
  
Cuba’s quest to regain the World Cup was slowed a bit by Puerto Rico Friday, but they are still leading the World Cup  in pitching.  Led by a staff with a 1.70 ERA and 89 strikeouts vs. only 19 walks, and one home run allowed.  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. 

NICARAGUA BALANCED ATTACK CONTINUES: 
Led by veteran 3B Jimmy Morales Gonzalez and a solid pitching staff, Nicaragua has remained in the World Cup mix.  The 31 year old Gonzalez is the World Cup’s leading hitter, (.500 16-32 5 HR 14 RBI).

CANADA PULLS THREE STRAIGHT TOGETHER: 
Canada had their third straight win Friday, led by a pitching staff that has allowed just two runs per game over the last three. 1B Tim Smith, now a Texas Rangers prospect, is leading a balanced attack (.500 10-20 2 HR 9 RBI), while Minnesota Twins Rene Tosoni is hitting .400 (14-35).

RECORDBREAKERS THUS FAR: 
The World Cup thus far has seen several team and World Cup records tied for fall. They include:
--Cuban pitcher Miguel Gonzalez striking 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.
--Australia pitcher and Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect David Welch set an Australian record with 13 strikeouts in just seven innings Tuesday against Chinese Taipei.
--USA pitcher and California Angels prospect Trevor Reckling, had 11 K’s against China last Saturday, tying the team mark of pitcher Burt Hooten, who fanned 11 consecutive batters in 1970.
--USA infielder and Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez set a team mark by hitting three home runs in Thursday’s win over Chinese Taipei.

METS PROSPECT DAVIS NAMED ORGANIZATION PLAYER OF THE YEAR: 
Team USA first baseman Ike Davis, the club’s 2008 first round pick, is hitting .417  and was named the Organisation’s Minor League Player of the Year on Thursday. The New York Mets organization is represented by 13 players, eight current and four former players. In addition to Davis,  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, left-handed 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.

EXTRA INNING RULE:
The IBAF’s Extra Inning Rule, designed to control the length of games, has now been used six times, with Chinese Taipei (3-0) and Australia (1-1) going to extra innings the most thus far. 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.