World Baseball Classic 2013 scores: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Koji Watanabe

The World Baseball Classic is under way and it could not be off to a better start. The first four games have given us everything a baseball fan could want from dramatic comebacks to shocking upsets.

Chinese Taipei 4, Australia 1

The World Baseball Classic began late Friday night for American audiences with Chinese Taipei facing Australia in the first game of the Pool B division. Chien-Ming Wang dominated the Australians, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out two over six shutout innings. The Taiwanese offense handed the former Yankee an early lead, picking up a run in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from first baseman Cheng-Min Peng. They picked up two more runs in the third chasing Australian starter Chris Oxspring from the game early. Peng added a solo home run in the fifth to give Chinese Taipei a four run lead. Australia managed to get a run back on a solo home run from Stefan Welch in the seventh, but that was all the Aussies could manage against the strong relief pitching of Chinese Taipei.

Japan 5, Brazil 3

Brazil came within six outs of starting the Classic off with a major upset over Japan but the Japanese scrapped out a late game rally to take the dramatic Pool A opener. Brazil lead the back-and-forth contest 3-2 entering the eighth. Japan’s left fielder Seiichi Uchikawa led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on a bunt from Yoshio Itoi. Hirokazu Ibata entered the game as a pinch hitter and delivered an RBI singe to tie it up. Another single and a walk loaded the bases and Japan’s captain, Shinnosuke Abe, who did not start because of an injury, got the winning run in on a pinch-hit RBI groundout. Despite the loss, it was an impressive showing for the young Brazilian team. They got to Japan’s star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka early, getting a run in the first on a pair of singles and a throwing error and Tanaka lasted just three innings. Led by third baseman Leonardo Reginatto, who went 3-4 with two RBIs and centerfielder Paulo Orlando, Brazil came extremely close to a shocking upset over one of the tournaments favorites.

Korea 0, Netherlands 5

While Brazil fell short of an upset against Japan, the Netherlands delivered one against Korea with force. The Dutch team was led by Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons who went 3-5 and scored two runs as batting leadoff for the Dutch and by starter Diegomar Markwell who pitched four shutout innings to earn the win. The Dutch scrapped out a run in the third on an Andruw Jones double, a bunt and a sacrifice fly from first baseman Curt Smith. They picked up two more runs in the fifth, getting three straight singles to load the bases and then a run on a Roger Bernadina ground out and a Wladimir Balentien single. Bernadina helped them tack on two more runs in the seventh delivering an RBI single and then scoring on a throwing error. Korea had several chances to get back into the game, but they failed to capitalize on all of them. They went 0-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded six base runners in the game. Korea is favored to win the Pool B bracket, but this performance should certainly raise some doubts.

Cuba 5, Brazil 2

Brazil was given an absolutely brutal schedule to start the World Baseball Classic. Less than a day after a heartbreaking loss to Japan, the young team had to square off against another powerhouse in Cuba. There were far fewer dramatics in this one however, as Cuba’s ace Ismel Jimenez shut down the Brazilians early, striking out six and walking none in 4 2/3 innings. Brazil’s starter, Andre Rienzo, followed suit going four shutout innings before allowing a run in the fifth on a walk, a single and an RBI groundout. Reliever Alexi Bell then gave up another single to give Cuba a 2-0 lead. Though they managed just one extra-base hit all game, Cuba’s offense took off after that, getting three more runs in the sixth on four singles, a hit batsman and a fielder’s choice. Brazil responded with two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Cuba’s Raciel Iglesias closed things out in dominant fashion, striking out five and allowing just one base runner over a three inning save.

All World Baseball Classic Scores:

Chinese Taipei 4, Australia 1

Japan 5, Brazil 3

Korea 0, Netherlands 5

Cuba 5, Brazil 2

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