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18U BWC: Cuba upsets Chinese Taipei and conquers Bronze

08/09/2013

The Cuban team got the lead early, than had great pitching from Gutierrez to gain third position

INTERCONTINENTAL STADIUM. Cuba defetaed Chinese Taipei 6-1 in the third position game at the XXVI 18 U Baseball World Cup in Taichung, on Sunday. It is the third bronze medal in the last four editions, fifth in history, in the competition, for the Central American team.

Cuba went immediately on the scoreboard with an RBI single by Mesa, after Martinez was walked, a passed ball and a fly to the center field by Moncada.

Robert hit safely to send Mesa home, reached second on Chen’s throw and scored the third run because of an error by catcher Yao, also leading to a change on the mound for the locals, who sent Lin Tzu Wei to relieve starter Chiang after only 2 outs in the game.

Chinese Taipei reacted scoring once in the second, out of a walk and two singles allowed by Hernandez, but the Caribbean answered back in the bottom of the inning, with Yusnier Diaz, who doubled to the right, and Rojas, who sent him home with a single.

Diaz was once more the first runner on base for Cuba in the fourth, with a single, Rojas also singled to center, then Esquerre tripled to the left, to set the score to 6-1.

This is also the final score of the game, with Vladimir Gutierrez, who entered with two outs in the third, silencing the home-favorite bats, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks, striking out 7, and getting the win that gave his team the bronze award of the tournament.