The fourth day of the preliminary round was played at the 2010 Intercontinental Cup in Taiwan on Tuesday. In the afternoon the Czech Republic got its first win of the tournament, crushing Hong Kong in six innings. Also Nicaragua ended its winless streak against Thailand. In the evening the race for the number-one seeds in each group most likely got decided. Japan rallied in the ninth to down the Dutch team, while Cuba shut out the host. Italy had the day off.
2010 Intercontinental Cup, Day 4, Tuesday, October 26:
Hong Kong – Czech Republic 0-16 (6)
CZE 104 326 16 21 0 HOK 000 000 0 3 3 Win: Minarik, P.; Loss: Chow, T. P.
The Czech Republic celebrated its first win of the Intercontinental Cup on Tuesday thanks to a 16-0 rout in 15-run rule shortened six innings against Hong Kong. Ten players hit safely and crossed the plate for at least one run, as the Europeans handed out 21 hits. Petr Zyma and Jakub Hajtmar picked up three RBI apiece. Michal Ondracek scored thrice. Petr Minarik (W 1-1) struck out nine in five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. Martin Schneider closed it out by pitching around a leadoff single in the sixth. Ta Pong Chow (L 0-1) issued 14 hits, ten runs (7 ER) and a walk in 4 2/3 innings.
Thailand – Nicaragua 3-18 (7)
NIC 245 401 2 18 20 1 THA 101 100 0 3 6 4 Win: Garcia, J.; Loss: Wissaroot, S.
Nicaragua also got its first victory of the tourney, as the beat up Thailand 18-3 in seven innings. Noel Gonzalez went 3-for-6 with a triple, four runs scored and three RBI, while Huembes Lopez (4-5) and Alexander Cisneros scored three times each. Jose Elia Garcia (W 1-0) gave up three runs (2 ER) on five hits in five innings for the win. Sihamat Wissaroot (L 0-1) surrendered six hits, six runs (4 ER) and a walk in two innings.
Netherlands – Japan 1-2
JPN 000 000 002 2 6 1 NED 001 000 000 1 5 1 Win: Uemura, Y.; Loss: Neuman, D.
As lopsided the two afternoon games were, the evening didn’t disappoint with dramatic games. Japan handed the Netherlands its first loss (2-1) in Taiwan thanks to a ninth-inning two-out, two-run double by Tubasa Aizawa against closer Dennis Neuman (L 0-1), improving to 3-0. The Dutch team had led since a RBI triple by Danny Rombley in the third. Otherwise pitching set the tone of the game. Rob Cordemans (NED) allowed just two hits and three walks in five scoreless innings. Shota Oba (JPN) conceded three hits, a run and a base on balls over the same time frame. Yusuke Uemura (W 1-0) got out of a 1-3, one-out jam by inducing Raily Legito to ground into a game-ending double play, collecting the win.
Taiwan – Cuba 0-2
CUB 000 001 010 2 8 1 TPE 000 000 000 0 5 1 Win: Gonzalez, M.; Loss: Huang, C.-L.
Cuba improved to 3-0 in the tournament thanks to a 2-0 shutout over Taiwan. With the loss the host concludes the preliminary round with a 3-1 record, earning a ticket to the medal round. The combination of Hector Olivera and Yulieski Gourriel delivered the victory for the record world title holder. Olivera scored twice in the sixth and eighth on RBI singles by Gourriel to seal the win. On the mound Miguel Gonzalez (W 1-0) struck out seven in six solid innings, allowing three hits and four walks for the win. Yadier Pedroso pitched the remaining three frames for the save. Chih-Lung Huang (L 0-1) matched Gonzalez for most parts of the game, but was charged with the loss anyway. He issued seven hits, two runs (1 ER) and a bb in seven-plus innings. He struck out eight.
- Cuba 3-0
- Taiwan 3-1
- Czech Republic 1-2
- South Korea 1-2
- Hong Kong 0-3
- Japan 3-0
- Netherlands 2-1
- Italy 2-1
- Nicaragua 1-3
- Thailand 0-3
Schedule Day 5:
Wednesday, October 27:
6.30am Cuba – Hong Kong
6.30am South Korea – Czech Republic
12.30pm Netherlands – Thailand
12.30pm Japan – Italy
(Times are in European Central Time)
Photo: © Ezio Ratti/FIBS