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DAY 7: Japan beats Cuba with homerun. Venezuela and Botswana beat opponents after tough games. Easy wins for New Zealand, Canada, USA, Argentina and RSA.

19.06.2019 | Sam Gilman, Denisa Józsová

Japan extends their win streak to 6 with an early morning victory over Cuba. Venezuela and Australia entered today’s game tied for 2nd in B-Pool. The South Americans fell to the Aussies 5-3. Determined to defend their title after last night’s loss to Japan, the Kiwis came out swinging against Team Philippines. The afternoon leaders must have had heads up on the forecast and decided to shut it down early. Canada finished the day with a 6-0 record after shutting out Singapore 8-0. The battle between north and south America ended swiftly as Argentina put 6 on the board in the 2nd inning alone. The game was called at the end of 4 with Argentina ahead 11-1. Denmark fell to team USA 12-4 in their afternoon game. South Africa finally wins one leaving only the Philippines without a W in the standings. Botswana kept team Czech from advancing. Heading into the game, a win for the locals would have left the door open.

Cuba vs Japan 0:2 (0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:2, 0:0)

Japan extends their win streak to 6 with an early morning victory over Cuba.

Both pens are to be commended for their work in this one. The game remained scoreless through 5.

Japan’s starter decided it was time to take things into his own hands at that point and, bat to ball, knocked one deep to center bringing around Tomonori Inoue who was walked on.

Guber Plutin went the distance for Cuba, giving up 2 runs, off 5 hits and striking out 10 while walking 2.

For Japan Hikaru Matsuda pitched a 2 hit shutout through 6 flagging 9 and walking one. 

Australia vs Venezuela 5:3 (0:1, 3:1, 1:0, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0, 0:1)

Venezuela and Australia entered today’s game tied for 2nd in B-Pool. The South Americans fell to the Aussies 5-3.

Adam Folkard pitched the full 7 for Australia striking out 13 while giving up 3 runs off 5 hits.

The Venezuelan pen divided duties between Angel Perez, Maiker Pimentels and Carlos Ucero. Ucero went 5.1 innings giving up an earned run off 2 hits, while walking 5 and sending just 1 down swinging.

At the plate for Australia SS Nicholas Shailes was the most consistent producer. He had two extra base hits, a double and triple, along with an RBI.

On offense for Venezuela it was Carlos Ojeda and Luiger Pinto making some noise. Ojeda had 2 runs off 1 hit, a solo homerun. Pinto had a double that scored a run off his sole hit of the day.  

Philippines vs New Zealand 0:15 (0:2, 0:4, 0:9)

Determined to defend their title after last night’s loss to Japan dropped them into bronze range in the rankings, the Kiwis came out swinging against Team Philippines.

They put 2 on the board in the 1st, doubled that in the 2nd, then doubled it once more, following the baker’s rule by another one more for good measure. With just 1 out in the bottom of the 3rd mercy was called and the Oceania nation walked away with 15 under their belt.

New Zealand had 15 runs off 14 hits and 13 RBI’s over just 21 at bats as a team. That included 3 doubles and as many homeruns spread between 5 players.

In the Pilipino pen Pagkaliwagan, Parco and Marquez combined for 2.1 innings of work giving up 13 earned runs while failing to send anyone back to the bench. 

Canada vs Singapore 8:0 (1:0, 2:0, 1:0, 4:0, 0:0)

The afternoon leaders must have had heads up on the forecast and decided to shut it down early. Canada finished the day with a 6-0 record after shutting out Singapore 8-0.

The game was called for runs after Singapore’s last ups in the 6th. Canada had at least one batter come home in each of the first 4 innings.

They took 6 of their 8 runs off 4 homeruns in the game, all by different players. Shane Boland and Patrick Burns started it off with identical back-to-back solo homeruns out on the left side of play in the 2nd.

Not to be outdone by their 6, 7 guys, Derek Mayson and Bryan Abrey, who bat 3rd and 5th respectively, each went deep in the 4th bringing a friend along with them on the trip.  

Denmark vs United States 4:12 (0:0, 0:0, 2:0, 2:12, X:0)

On the block for the Americans, Antonio Mancha went 3.1 innings giving up 4 runs off 3 hits while walking more than he struck out. Mervin Weiler took the ball for a final 1.2 innings of perfect pitching, striking out 3 along the way.

Denmark’s pen split the job 3-ways between Hansen, Lohmann and Terkelsen. Kim Hansen gave up 6 runs off 7 hits in 3.0 innings of work. Lohmann failed to get anyone out giving up 3 runs off 2 hits and walking a man before coach called time once again. Jens Terkelsen finished the day pitching a single inning where he gave up 2 earned runs off as many hits.

Erick Ochoa had two doubles on the day for the States driving in 4 of their runs off just those two hits. 

Mexico vs Argentina 1:11 (0:1, 0:6, 0:1, 1:3)

After a midday storm, Mexico and Argentina took the field. The battle between north and south America ended swiftly as Argentina put 6 on the board in the 2nd inning alone. The game was called at the end of 4 with Argentina ahead 11-1.

Mexico’s sole run came off the bat of Edgar Lopez who took one straight up the middle and out of the park. At center ring once again for Argentina Roman Godoy took care of his own, striking out 7, but the distance shot ruined his perfect game attempt.

Argentina’s bench spread the love. Of the 9 guys who crossed home, 6 were responsible for at least 1 hit. The bottom 3 in the lineup hit as many dingers between them with a 4th by DH Bruno Motroni. 

Netherlands vs Republic of South Africa 0:7 (0:3, 0:0, 0:0, 0:4, 0:0)

In a 7-0 game, South Africa’s Tidima Kekana took the ball and went the distance. Over 5.0 innings of work he struck out 10 while allowing just 2 hits.

It was a team effort on offense but Mogau Thupudi, the designated hitter, did his job well for the Asians. He finished the night with 2 runs off 2 hits, including a double, and 3 RBIs.

This leaves both teams, along with Singapore, sitting at 1-5 heading into the final day of competition. With the B-Pool top 4 set, none of them will do any damage. Having already played one another, it is possible they could finish the day right where they are now, in a 3-way tie for 6th place.

Botswana vs Czech Republic 4:2 (0:2, 3:0, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0, 0:0, 0:0)

Cuba finished their day 3-3 and the Czechs 2-3 heading into game time. Their opening round game is scheduled for the morning.

The home team pulled ahead 2-0 to end the 1st on a single by Klas. That scored both Svoboda, who had reached on a double, and Maly, who was walked.

Botswana answered in the 2nd. Small ball put them in a position to take advantage of Maly’s error in right. That resulted in two crossing the plate.

The Botswanans added insurance to top the 5th and that was it. The African nation that never had a chance to advance, took out the final contender.

There is still a lot of great ball ahead for both teams. Their opening round game is scheduled for the morning.