The South Africans fell to 0-5 in an 0-11 loss to Australia. Mexico and Botswana went the full with the South Americans landing on top 5:3, Mexico gets a 5:3 victory over Africa nation. In one of the tightest games to-date Canada became the first team to defeat Venezuela. By a run, the Cunucks remain undefeated. Cuba lost to Argentina 2-3 in another tight midday game. The American’s pulled off a much-needed 7-0 win, remaining competitive and improving to 3-2. Japan upset the titleholders in a 5-1 matchup. The W leaves Japan alone at the top, 5-0. The Danish performed well, defeating The Netherlands 8:1. In the final game of the night, the Philippines fell to the Czechs 1-4.
Australia vs RSA 11:0 (0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 3:0, 2:0, 6:0, 0:0)
The South Africans fell to 0-5 in an 11-0 loss to Australia. This was Africa’s 3rd time being shutdown on offense in the tournament.
On the block for the Aussies Adam Folkard and Layton Reid shared equally. Each pitched 3.0 innings. Folkard struck out 8 and gave up nothing. Reid took down 5 and sent one walking.
Offensively DH Hayden Mathews did his job well for Australia. Over 4 at bats he had 2 homeruns driving in a buddy on one of them. Josh White and Scott Patterson each sent one out as well. That made two solo shots in as many games for Scott. Wright decided to take a few friends along on his ride and got credited with three RBIs for his generosity.
All the runs were earned against South Africa’s pen. The scores make it clear that they’re hitting the zone but, with only a single strikeout between them and several going the distance, the issue is largely one of pitch content not defensive play.
Botswana vs Mexico 3:5 (0:4, 0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 2:1, 1:0, 0:X)
Mexico and Botswana went the full 7 to start the day at Hippo Arena. In a 5-3 victory over the African nation, Mexico hopped up to 5th in the standings with a 2-3 record.
Mexico came out of the gate swinging and never looked back. With two away and a runner on 2nd, fielding errors began to overshadow Kagiso Mogale’s starting efforts for Botswana.
Daniel Durazo reached on a strikeout error by the catcher. That scored Lenny Villalvazo and put Durazo on 1st. He then moved up on a wild pitch. Daniel moved again on a single by Alan Osuna, putting two on. Marco Gonzalez took one deep to left to bring all 3 around. That put 4 on the board for Mexico, none of them earned.
Still, coach decided to pull Mogale. In 2/3rds of an inning, Kagiso gave up 2 hits and 4 runs while walking 1 and striking out 2. Though Botswana staged a 5-6 innings comeback attempt, bringing the score to within one, they never gained the lead.
Venezuela vs Canada 1:2 (0:0, 0:2, 1:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 0:X)
In one of the tightest games to-date Canada became the first team to defeat Venezuela. By a run, the Cunucks remain undefeated.
In a 2-1 win, Canada put up all their runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Jason Hill shot one out to drive in Arthur Mullaley who had reached on a single to left. He advanced to scoring position an error by shortstop Jose Solarzano.
The Venezuelan’s answered in the top of the 3rd. Herwims Querales also singled to left then advanced on a wild one. He hopped over to third on a second wild pitch. Luis Colombo drove him in with a hit.
Devon McCullough threw a full game giving up 4 hits while striking out 13. Luis Colombo and Maiker Pimentels shared the circle with Colombo responsible for the runs earned off Hill’s homer.
Cuba vs Argentina 2:3 (0:1, 0:2, 0:0, 0:0, 2:0, 0:0, 0:X)
Cuba lost to Argentina 3-2 in another tight midday game. This one dropped Cuba to 3-2, moving the Argentine’s to 4-1. Argentina’s pen deserves a nod, splitting duties to hold Cuba scoreless through all but the 5th inning.
Over 3.1 innings of work Juan Potolicchio gave up 2 hits and 2 walks, while holding them scoreless and striking out 3. Huemul Mata took the ball for the remaining 3.2 innings giving up 2 runs off 4 hits while striking out 7.
With 2 down, the Rodriguezes 3 were at it once again for Cuba. Juan singled to left and Yuri hit a double to send him over to 3rd before Yesander doubled to right to drive in both men.
By that time Argentina was already ahead by 3 having scored all of their runs playing a solid game of small ball.
Singapore vs USA 0:7 (0:0, 0:0, 0:6, 0:0, 0:1)
Signapore and the United States met for a first look today. The American’s pulled off a much-needed 7-0 win, remaining competitive and improving to 3-2.
Mancha and Cooley paired up on the block. Antonio threw 4.0 innings giving up 2 hits and flagging 9. Joel closed the door giving nothing away.
Signapore’s Jun Tan held the States scoreless through 2. The 3rd is probably an inning he and Marcus Chew would rather forget.
With two down and as many earned runs to his credit, Jun Tan was pulled but Marcus could offer no relief from the ring. He gave up 4 in the 3rd and another in the 5th. There were no extra base hits for the red, white and blue. A single fielding error by the Asians didn’t influence the score, so the loss is fully on the pen.
New Zealand vs Japan 1:5 (0:2, 0:1, 0:0, 0:0, 1:2, 0:0, 0:X)
Big game, big game! #3 ranked Japan upset the titleholders in a 5-1 matchup. The W leaves Japan alone at the top, 5-0. The loss sent New Zealand, who had already dropped one to Mexicans, down to 3-2 were they now sit in the middle of the pack with Cuba and the US.
Black Sox hurler Nikki Hayes went the full 6 giving up 5 runs on 8 hits and striking out 8. Japan stuck with Reo Koyama who gave up 5 runs and a hit while walking 5 and striking out 7.
Hikaru Matsuda had an inside-the-park homerun down the right field side to start Japan offensively. Tsukasa Oishi followed him to the same side and the Asians were up 2-0. In the bottom of the 5th Matsuda and Oishi had another pair of RBIs. Hikaru sacrificed while Tsukasa hit for the base.
Netherlands vs Denmark 1:8 (0:1, 0:0, 0:3, 0:4, 1:X)
Tonight the Europeans faced off in Prague. The Netherlands and Denmark both started the night 1-3. The Danish hopped on the board with 1 in the 1st, before breaking the game open in the 3rd and 4th scoring as many runs, respectively, each inning.
The Danish, who have been playing small ball all week finally saw it pay off. 6 guys shared their 7 hits. Only the Terkelsens hit double digits. Jens had 2 runs while Frederik had 2 hits. Martin Simonsen was the sole extra bags hitter with a triple.
Not to be counted out, The Kingdom´s DH Revin Brooks hit a shot to the deepest part of the field in the 5th breathing some life into the Dutch bench. It was a nice way for them to finish their 8-1 struggle against Kim Hansen who struck 8 of them out.
Czech Republic vs Philippines 4:1 (0:0, 0:0, 0:0, 2:1, 0:0, 0:0, 2:0)
In the final game of the night the Czech Republic and Philippines met at Hippo Arena. At night’s end, the Asians joined South Africa at the top of the loss column having fallen to the Czechs 4-1.
Rightfully so, the Pilipinos stuck with their starter Leo Barredo throughout. He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits.
Both starters kept their opposition’s bench quite through three. In the 4th the Czechs scored 2 and the Pilipinos answered with 1 of their own. The addition 2 runs were tacked on to start the 7th. Otherwise, each of the night’s 3 pitchers did outstanding work.
All the scoring in the game came from small ball except the final two to cross the plate. Barredo walked Matous Kasal before Jiri Nezbeda knocked one out up the middle.