And those fans had a lot to scream about, as the Mexicans bounced back from their upset loss to Italy in their first game to defeat the U.S., 5-2, and add more uncertainty to a Pool D that had not at all gone according to plan. In the top of the 4th, 2B Yen-Wen Kuo had a two-out double off Chang. Many thanks to him. The remaining two teams then played each other to determine the winner of the Qualifier 1. LF Eddie Rosario bunted into an out at third. Arredondo, 2 for 3 with a walk and 3 runs today, was called on to bunt and did so successfully, costing Mexico an out. Kelvin Herrera allowed a two-out double to Balentien in the top of the 6th, but he was stranded. 3B Miguel Tejada followed with a single that moved Reyes to third, and that was the end of Markwell's day. Meanwhile, Stuifbergen and Leon Boyd allowed runners in both the 6th and 7th, but no runs and Loek van Mil pitched a perfect bottom of the 8th. RF Hainley Statia singled against Tetsuya Yamaguchi and 2B Jonathan Schoop drew a walk. Feliciano drew a walk, but pinch-hitter Pedro Valdés grounded out to second to end the inning. Ricardo grounded down the third base line; Ruzic fielded the ball and threw past first base, putting both men in scoring position. The score remained the same until the 8th, when the Puerto Ricans went to work building a safe lead. "It is a pretty determined group and when you look into their eyes you see something special.". Asdrubal Cabrera struck out and Miguel Cabrera walked to load the bases for 2012 World Series MVP Sandoval, who flew out to center. Fernando Cabrera was summoned from the bullpen and whiffed slugger Nakata, then retired pinch-hitter Kazuo Matsui to end the game. In five innings against him, the Dutch managed one measly single, did not walk once, and struck out nine times. In the 6th, 2B Robinson Canó took Tiago deep and he was replaced on the mound by Nick Pugliese, having turned in a strong start. Santora's throw to first pulled Rizzo off the back, letting González reach and Ríos score what would be the winning run. The Netherlands brought in 7' 1" closer Loek van Mil for the 9th. In July 2012, the JPBPA voted unanimously to boycott the 2013 World Baseball Classic. González then singled with his second hit of the inning for a 6-3 lead. The 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) was an international professional baseball competition, held from March 2 to March 19, 2013. 73.0%), 65 pitches in First Round (down from 70 in 2009), 80 pitches in Second Round (down from 85 in 2009), 95 pitches in Championship Round (down from 100 in 2009). In July 2012 the JPBPA voted unanimously to boycott the 2013 World Baseball Classic. With one away, Reyes, DH Erick Aybar and Canó rapped three singles in a row off Venditte; for Canó, it was his third hit of the day. Grilli retired him on a grounder to backup 2B Alessandro Vaglio to end the action-packed contest. SS Erick Aybar had a one-out single in the 1st, deflected by Puerto Rican 1B Martin Maldonado. But Braun hit into a double play and Mauer flew out. After González left with one out in the 9th, though, Cuba's bullpen blew the shutout. Chou then singled in Peng for a 3-2 edge. He then walked red-hot 2B Robinson Canó, but 1B Edwin Encarnación burned him with another single, and it was 4 - 1, the inning ending when Canó was gunned down at third base, but not before Tejada's run had scored. Andrus stole second and took third on a throwing error by C Salomón Manríquez. That would be the only run Bu would give up in 5 innings. 1B Joey Votto walked and Morneau singled, then after two outs, LF Adam Loewen singled to right to put Canada back in the lead, 3-2, with three innings left to play. In the bottom of the 8th, the Dominicans padded their slim lead when Aybar singled against Efrain Nieves. In the bottom of the first, Mexico answered against John Mariotti. Daniel Missaki was Brazil's fourth pitcher of the inning and finally stopped the carnage by retiring Yang. By the time he left the mound, this teammates had scored three runs to put the Koreans in a serious hole. Scútaro doubled, chasing Severino, who was replaced by Octavio Dotel. The players' union had demanded that two-time defending champion Japan control all the sponsorship and licensing revenue generated by its participation in the tournament. AT&T Park, San Francisco, Puerto Rico ousts Japan to reach WBC final, Dominican Republic still undefeated in WBC, Netherlands set to add IF Profar to WBC roster, Nats' Gonzalez to start for U.S. vs. Puerto Rico, Japan beats Netherlands to finish atop bracket, Netherlands scores in 9th, advances in WBC. LF Katsuya Kakunaka laid down a bunt hit to load the bases. The 3-0 lead was cut to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning, but the roof fell in on Tom Stuifbergen in the 4th, as he allowed the first five batters to reach, four of which would eventually score, and reliever Shairon Martis was unable to stop the bleeding, allowing a pair of sacrifice flies. SS Ray Chang then came through with his third hit of the day, a two-run single that put China ahead for good. Accessed August 13, 2012. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico's relievers were doing well too - Xavier Cedeño and Fernando Cabrera both pitched a scoreless inning - but runs were needed, and runs could not be got. While the Japanese hurlers were tossing zeroes, the Dutch staff matched them from the third through the sixth, with Isenia, Mark Pawelek and Kevin Heijstek turning in fine work during this period. Luke Gregerson, Tim Collins and Steve Cishek shut out the Dominicans from the 6th through 8th, while Kelvin Herrera, Octavio Dotel and Pedro Strop held the US scoreless and to a single hit from the 5th through the 8th. He attempted to pick Reyes off first, but threw wildly, allowing the speedy shortstop to reach third base. The pressure was thus firmly on one side, with the USA taking no chances, sending All-Star Ryan Vogelsong on the mound against unheralded Luca Panerati. Cruz then delivered the game-winning single, scoring Canó. SECOND ROUND Cuba tied it quickly again in the 5th. The Dominican Republic punched its ticket into the final game and preserved its perfect record in the tournament by defeating the Netherlands, 4-1, in the second semi-final game, but once again the Dutch did not go down easily. Do you have a sports website? The good news for Spain, however, was that after that difficult 1st inning, it did not allow any other runs. In the final game, the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico to become the first WBC champion from the Western Hemisphere, as well as the first team to complete the WBC with an undefeated record. Rizzo hit a high fly to right that Edgar Gonzalez couldn't handle, scoring both runners. Daniel Rodriguez replaced Dennys Reyes on the mound, and forced pinch-hitter Jimmy Van Ostrand (star of the WBC Qualifiers) to ground out to third, but the Mexicans were unable to turn a double play, allowing Morneau to score his country's sixth run. He was removed in favor of Luis Mendoza, who struck out DH Joe Mauer for the second out, but 3B David Wright then singled to make the score 4-1. This time, the Puerto Rican hurlers were dominant to send the team to the finals, ensuring both finalist entries would be first-time teams. LF Carlos González singled; an out later, 3B Martin Prado singled as well. Guillermo Heredia Jr. drove in Fernandez with a groundout, placing Rienzo over the pitch count limit of 65 in the process. IPD − Innings the team pitched. The Venezuelans staged a comeback in the 4th. RF Ah-seop Son grounded in Dae-ho Lee for a 3-0 lead. Having survived a close call, the Americans then put the game out of reach with four runs in the top of the 9th, as Scott Mathieson and John Axford were beaten around. In addition to the crown on hand, it was estimated that one-third of all television sets in Japan were tuned to the game ! With the Dutch unable to gather more than a few walks against the Taiwanese relievers, they were never in a position to come back in the game. JPBPA demanded a larger share of advertising and merchandise sponsorship revenue for the tournament, a large chunk of which came from Japanese companies. Four-time Olympian Rob Cordemans was dominating, tossing five shutout innings. Italy would get just three hits (two by Punto), three walks and no runs the remainder of the way. 2B Robinson Canó was named tournament MVP. The Koreans would use five more pitchers to finish the game, but they wasted the few opportunities they had with men on base, and committed an uncharacteristic four errors to put their hurlers in trouble. DH Seung-yeop Lee greeted him with a double. The game remained at 4-0 until the 7th, when Korea got some insurance off Shane Lindsay. That would only come in the 4th, when Jones hit a two-out single and was stranded.  The automatic qualifiers were Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United States, and Venezuela. Chih-Sheng Lin followed with a ground rule double for a run, and Peng came in to score on Szu-Chi Chou's groundout. The 2013 World Baseball Classic was the third edition of the World Baseball Classic. The team with the highest Team's Quality Balance (TQB=(RS/IPO)–(RA/IPD)) in all games; The team with the highest Earned Runs Team's Quality Balance (ER–TQB=(ERS/IPO)–(ERA/IPD)) in all games; The team with the highest batting average (AVG) in all games; Pool A – 79,168 (avg. There was little doubt that the best team in the tournament had won, as the Dominicans were in control of the situation from the time they solidly beat Venezuela in their opening game, until Fernando Rodney recorded the last out of the finals to earn his seventh save of the tournament. 1B Curt Smith drew a walk from Masahiko Morifuku and LF Kalian Sams doubled. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. With both teams having advanced to the second round, this contest did not matter much. Trusted to protect Italy's early lead was Tiago Da Silva, a Brazilian native who had pitched in the Chinese Professional Baseball League before starring for T&A San Marino and becoming an Italian citizen. This page was last edited on 5 March 2019, at 17:49. The Netherlands topped Cuba for the fourth straight time to rebound from their humiliating loss to Japan and earn a spot in the final round of four. CF Xiao Cui and 3B Xu An both walked. A fly from Despaigne put Cepeda on third. Unfortunately, one of the hits was a home run to right field by Dominican C Carlos Santana to lead off the 5th inning. In the bottom of the 6th, Spain turned to Rhiner Cruz. His teammates gave him some early run support, scoring once in the bottom of the 1st against Chris Oxspring. The 16 countries participating in the qualifier included the four teams from the 2009 Classic that did not win a game, plus 12 others. With one away, Chiarini singled and the light-hitting Butera went deep to left field to put it at 4-4.
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