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Oct '11 15

Cuba joins Netherlands in Baseball World Cup Final



Press Release International Baseball Federation, www.ibaf.org

Championship Game at 5pm on Saturday – Canada meets with USA for Bronze Medal

Panama City, Panama. Cuba is playing the Netherlands in the Gold Medal Game of the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup. The game will be held on Saturday, October 15 starting 5pm local time at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City. Cuba defeated Canada on Friday afternoon to reach the championship game. The Dutch team had clinched their place in the finals on Thursday. Canada has to settle for the game for third place, where they will face Team USA, qualifying for the game after sweeping a doubleheader, including a thrilling comeback win over Venezuela.

Korea 1 – USA 3

Team USA stays in the race for the Bronze Medal Game at the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup. They defeated Korea 3-1 on Friday morning in the first part of the twin bill of seven-inning games at Remon Cantera Stadium in Aguadulce, Panama. In the home town of big leaguer Carlos Lee, the selection of Triple- and Double-A players scored twice in the first two innings en route to the win. Matt Shoemaker pitched five scoreless two-hit innings to lead the way. The bullpen helped to stop a Korean rally in the end.

Panama 4 – Australia 5

Australia wins in an extra eighth inning (5-4) the game against Panama. The win won’t help the Aussies advance to the third place game in any case, but it was a good way to end a tournament that was off to a very poor start for Jon Deeble’s side, but showed the team from Down Under has plenty of talent. In particular, this game was highlighted by 23 year old first baseman Stefan Welch at the plate. The Mets’ Minor Leaguer went 3 for 5 and batted in four out of five runs his team scored. Left hander Steven Kent took the mound as the third pitcher for Australia and earned the win.

Venezuela 4 – USA 7

Team USA will play for the consolation prize, as they reached the Bronze Medal Game at the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup with a spirited 7-4 comeback win over arch rival Venezuela on Friday afternoon in Aguadulce, Panama. It was their second victory of the day after taking down Korea in the morning. A six-run rally in the top of the seventh helped them to turn a 1-4 deficit into a “W”, as they improve to 4-3 in the second round. Matt Clark tied the game with a two-run single. Jordy Mercer had the game-winning hit with a three-run homerun. Wuilliuans Vasquez (2) and Rodolfo Cardona had hit three solo homeruns to give Venezuela the lead early on.

Canada 2 – Cuba 8

Cuba displayed a great show of power for the win (8-2) they needed against Canada, in order to head towards Saturday’s Gold Medal game of the IBAF Baseball World Cup. For the North Americans there was not a chance. Cuba was off an impressive start, combining four hits (including two doubles and a triple) in the first five at bats and scoring three runs. In the end, scorekeepers counted fifteen Cuban hits, six for the extra base. Jadier Pedroso collected the win.

Cuba 7 – Panama 2

Cuba overcame an early 0-2 deficit to beat Panama 7-2, taking charge with a five-run rally in the bottom half of the third inning. A two-run triple by Alexei Bell set the tone on a rainy Friday night at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City. The right fielder later scored and added another RBI to blow the score open. Cuba improved to 6-1 in the second round, while Panama dropped to 2-5.

Venezuela 2 – Netherlands 12

Team Netherlands’ rush did not stop in the last game before the Baseball World Cup finals, against Venezuela. The Europeans hit constantly and for power, but the Venezuelans supported them delivering their worst defensive performance of the tournament. Besides, Dutch starter Arshwin Asjes pitched five three-hit shutout innings before giving up two runs in the sixth. The game ended with a score of 12-2 for the Orange.

2nd Round Standings

1) Netherlands 6-1
2) Cuba 6-1
3) Canada 4-3
4) USA 4-3
5) Australia 3-4
6) Korea 2-5
7) Panama 2-5
8) Venezuela 1-6

Outlook

All eyes on Sunday will be on the Gold Medal Game between the Netherlands and Cuba. Game time will be 5pm at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City. The Dutch team has never won a medal, with fourth place in 2005 and 2007 being the best finish in their history. Now they have already silver secured, but want to get the big prize against the record title holder, who has collected 25 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze in 38 years of Baseball World Cup history. Earlier in the day the classification games will take place, including a matchup between Team USA and Canada for third place. Also Korea is battling Australia for fifth and Panama is trying to pick up seventh against Venezuela.

Schedule

11h00 Game for 7th: Panama – Venezuela (Aguadulce)
11h00 Game for 5th: Australia – Korea (Santiago)
11h00 Game for 3rd: Canada – USA (Panama City)
17h00 Championship Game: Netherlands – Cuba (Panama City)

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