In a semifinal game of the 2007 Baseball World Cup Cuba defeated Japan 5-3
Cuba loaded the bases on the top of the fourth inning. Osmani Urrutia’s fielders choice scored the island’s first run. Ariel Pestano’s hit sent another run home. Urrutia scored on a hit by Eduardo Paret.
Japan scored one run on the seventh inning after Chapman had a HBP to the head of Toshiyuki Hayashi and Kenichi Yokohama followed with a triple to right field.
The criollos scored again on the ninth. Paret was HBP and Alfredo Despaigne had a double to right field. Paret scored all the way from first with very good speed. Yulieski Gourriel had a hit to center field and Despaigne scored another run for team Cuba.
Aroldis Chapman was overpowering as a starter. He had eleven strikeouts in eight innings and only allowed two bases on balls. He was excellent. Another fine performance by Cuba’s pitching staff.
Big 99, Pedro Luis Lazo came on relief on the top of the ninth. He allowed two doubles and a single, and the Japanese scored two clean runs.
Yuniesky Maya came in with two outs and saved the game.
Cuba had 12 hits and no errors. Japan had six hits and no errors.
Cuba will play USA tomorrow for the gold medal of the World Cup. They defeated the Netherlands 5-0 in the other semifinal game.