Friday, November 16, 2007

Cuba 6, Mexico 0

Cuba defeated Mexico 6-0 in their quarter final game of the XXXVII Baseball World Cup at Tien Mou stadium in Taipei, Taiwan.

Cuba got on the board right away on the first inning. Despaigne opened the game with a double. Olivera had a perfect bunt, which allowed him to get to first base on an excellent quick sprint. Yuliesky Gourriel sent home the first run for the criollos, but grounded into a double play, denying him the RBI. Good sacrifice.

Cuba loaded the bases on the third inning, but Mayeta, aiming for the fences, struck out and the Cubans were unable to score.

Cuba scored three more runs on the fifth inning. The white, blue and red team loaded the bases. Gourriel came through again with a hit to right field, which scored Cuba’s second run and gave Yuliesky his first RBI of the game. The bases remained loaded. Cepada hit to right field to bring home two more runs. Cuba, 4, Mexico, 0.

Cuba added two more runs on the eighth when Yoandri Urgellés hit a home run with Cepede on base, who had received a bases on balls.

Adiel Palma, Cuba’s starter went six and two thirds innings. He allowed five hits and did not allow Mexico to send any runs home. He performed excellently. He was the official winner of the game.

Yuniesky Maya came on relief for Cuba on the top of the seven, and Jonder Martinez came on the top of the ninth and closed the game.

The greatest of the Antilles islands plays Japan tomorrow in a semifinal game. It promises to be an exciting encounter. In the other semifinal, USA will play the Netherlands.

Again, www.stadeo.tv had a great transmission of the live game, with a reporter from Spain, who gave a great description of the game with a beautiful and pure Castillian delivery. I love listening to people from the Iberian peninsula speak the language of Cervantes. You can actually hear and appreciate the difference between s, z, and c.

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