Day two at the 2010 Intercontinental Cup in Taiwan is in the books. The Netherlands improved to 2-0 in the tournament with a victory over Nicaragua, taking over first place in the Group B standings. They will have an off day on Monday. Meanwhile Italy got its first win, thanks to a rout over Thailand. They are going to face the winless Nicaraguan team tomorrow. Earlier in the day the Czech Republic got shut out again, this time by Taiwan. Additionally South Korea crushed Hong Kong.
Intercontinental Cup 2010, Day 2, October 24:
South Korea – Hong Kong 17-2 (5)
HOK 002 00 2 5 0 KOR 453 41 17 15 0 Win: Kim, K. R.; Loss: Heung, T. C.
South Korea celebrated its first win of the Intercontinental Cup on Sunday afternoon, crushing Hong Kong 17-2 in five mercy rule shortened innings. Jae Hwan Kim and Ji Hwan Oh hit three-run homeruns and combined for eight RBI. Byung Hun Min scored four times. On the mound five pitchers split time for South Korea with Kang Ryul Kim (W 1-0) picking up the win with two strikeouts in a perfect fourth. Tsz Chung Heung (L 0-1) issued twelve hits, twelve runs and six base on balls in 2 2/3 innings for the loss.
Czech Republic – Taiwan 0-6
TPE 221 100 000 6 13 0 CZE 000 000 000 0 3 1 Win: Liao, W.-Y.; Loss: Kubat, L.
One day after being shut out by Cuba in six innings, the Czech Republic again couldn’t score and took a 0-6 loss against Taiwan. The host scored in each of the first four innings, before Czech pitching finally was able to put a zero on the board in the tournament. Yung-Chih Chen led Taiwan at the plate by going 3-for-3 with four RBI. Che-Hsuan Lin scored three times. They also dominated on the mound. Wei-Lun Pan and Wen-Yang Liao (W 1-0) were perfect in the first five innings, striking out eight of the 15 batters they faced. Petr Zyma broke the no-no bid with a single in the sixth. Afterwards Jakub Sladek and Martin Cervenka reached base too. Leos Kubat (L 0-1) surrendered six runs (4 ER) on eleven hits and a walk for the loss.
Nicaragua – Netherlands 1-6
NED 020 011 200 6 13 2 NIC 000 000 010 1 5 2 Win: Bergman, D.; Loss: Tellez Vanegas, J. J.
After defeating Italy in the opener the Dutch team again was victorious on Sunday, beating Nicaragua 6-1. Leon Boyd and David Bergman (W 1-0) allowed just a combined four hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings. A RBI triple by Raily Legito and a RBI single by Sharlon Schoop put Jim Stoeckel’s squad on the board in the second frame. RBI triples by Curt Smith and Danny Rombley, a RBI single by Shaldimar Daantji and an error blew the game open between the fifth and the seventh. Nicaragua ended the scoreless streak by Netherlands pitching in the eighth, when Jason Gonzalez tripled and scored on a ground out by Dwain Evan Fox Baker. Jos Tellez Vanegas (L 0-1) was charged with eight hits, four runs (3 ER) and five bb in 5 2/3 innings.
Thailand – Italy 6-15
ITA 034 512 000 15 16 2 THA 000 033 000 6 9 5 Win: Patrone, S.; Loss: Kamolphan, K.
Italy got into victory lane on Sunday too, easily defeating Thailand 15-6. The team of manager Marco Mazzieri even had a chance to end things early due to mercy rule, but the Asian underdogs plated three runs in the fifth and sixth apiece to avoid it. Jairo Ramos Gizzi went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a RBI. Mario Chiarini also crossed the plate three times. Four players picked up two RBI each in the game, where twelve different Italian players reached base safely. Kongsabai Teerasak and Thongbai Chanatip combined for four RBI for Thailand. On the mound Sandy Patrone (W 1-0) started the game with 13 consecutive outs. He allowed eight hits and six runs (4 ER) in 5 2/3 innings overall. Kanjanavis Kamolphan (L 0-1) gave up six hits, seven runs and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Schedule, Day 3:
Monday, October 25:
- 6.30am Italy – Nicaragua
- 6.30am Japan – Thailand
- 12.30pm Hong Kong – Taiwan
- 12.30pm Cuba – South Korea
(Times are European Central Time)
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