In a game that was only seven innings because of a quadruple rain delay yesterday that postponed the playing of four scheduled World Cup matches, the squad from The Netherlands, always a very dangerous and quality team, defeated Cuba yesterday by 4-1.
The starting pitcher Orlando Yntema only allowed one earned run. Cuba could only come up with five hits, two apiece by Despaigne and Gourriel and one by Cepeda. The Dutch connected six hits, two of them being home runs. Cuba's starting pitcher, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, allowed four earned runs. Team Cuba committed one error.
Because it was an officially shortened game, there was no winning or losing pitcher.
Cuba has to defeat Canada today in order to advance to the Gold Crown game on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.
It is a MUST WIN game for Cuba today.