The United States defeated Cuba in the gold medal game of the 37th Baseball World Cup played in Taipei, Taiwan, capturing the championship crown from the defending champions. The final score was 6-3. The Americans played extremely well, and Cuba’s pitching and hitting was sub par. A very tough loss for the criollos. The US waited 33 years to get back the crown. They played very well and deserved to win.
USA scored their first run on the second inning with three consecutive singles by Young, Ruggiano and Jaramillo. Yadel Martí, Cuba’s starting pitcher lasted one and one third inning. Norberto Gonzalez came on relief and walked Rasmus and Nix to score two more runs for the USA. Yuniesky Maya came on relief for the Cubans. USA left the bases loaded and did not score any more runs. A nightmare inning ended.
The downpour of American hits continued, and the Americans scored one more run on the third.
Next for the Americans was a home run on the fourth inning by Nix and the Americans had their fifth run of the ball game. That was all for Maya, and Jonder Martinez came on as a reliever.
Cuba came alive in the bottom of the fourth with a double by Rudy Reyes, but Gourriel, Mayeta and Cepeda were not able to bring him home.
In the fifth Cuba had hits by Urgelles and Paret. Pestano’s sac fly advanced the runners to second and third. Despaigne had a clutch hit and Cuba brought home their first two runs.
USA scored one more run on their seventh inning and Elier Sanchez came in as a reliever for Cuba. Cuba scored one run on the bottom of the eighth by combining a Gourriel double and a Mayeta single.
USA had 14 hits and Cuba only had 7.
Brian Duensing pitched extremely well, and the defense for team USA was equally effective.
Stadeo TV was not able to fix the glitch they had from day one of the tournament. The names of the Cuban players were not displayed correctly by the graphics computer system. But I did enjoy the in between innings jingle. Overall, Stadeo did a good job in bringing the games to international baseball fans.
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