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Jul '13 08

WPT 2013: Cuba shuts out Dutch to claim Title

Netherlands – Cuba 0-4

Box score

Cuba has claimed the title at the 2013 World Port Tournament. They Caribbean baseball powerhouse defeated the Netherlands 4-0 in the championship game on Sunday afternoon at Familie Stadium in Rotterdam. Chinese Taipei and Curacao finished in third and fourth.

It was another tight game between the two rivals, but this time Cuba had the Dutch number. Wilber Perez and Rasiel Iglesias combined to keep the host to a mere three hits and four walks through nine innings. At the plate veterans Yulieski Gourriel and Eriel Sanchez broke a scoreless tie with RBI singles in the third. Alexander Malleta added a pair of insurance runs with a two-run double in the eighth.

Rob Cordemans took the loss, conceding four runs (2 ER) on 12 hits in 7 2/3 innings. David Bergman closed it out. The Dutch offense had their best opportunities to score in the first and in the sixth, when they left two men on with no respective one outs. Otherwise they were completely shut down.

Gourriel was named Most Valuable Player of the World Port Tournament after the game. He batted .304 in the event. Other prize winners were Malleta as home run king, Ismel Jimenez as best pitcher, Dwayne Kemp as best batter and most popular player, Stijn van der Meer as best rookie and Michael Duursma won the Donald Bax Press Award. During the award ceremony several Dutch baseball greats were on the field including John Hudson, Hamilton Richardson, Eric de Bruijn and Marcel de Bruijn.

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