The World Baseball Classic ended for Cuba on Wednesday after losing an embarrassing 14-1 to the Netherlands in seven innings, shortened on the mercy rule.
Three times Cuba had the lead over Japan in their World Baseball Classic clash on Tuesday in Tokyo. However, it wasn’t enough. With three runs in the bottom of the eighth, including the second homer of the game by Tetsuto Yamada, Japan took an 8-5 lead that held.
Cuba has more than a century of baseball tradition; people in Israel have little interest in the sport. When the two teams met earlier today in the Tokyo Dome, it was the upstarts that outplayed the weakened Cuban team by a score of 4-1.
After sweating out a 4-3 win over Australia on Friday, thanks to a fifth inning grand slam from Alfredo Despaigne, Team Cuba now faces Cinderella Israel in its first second round game on Sunday in the World Baseball Classic.
Team Cuba improved its image in Group B of the IV World Baseball Classic, obtaining its first victory, 6-0 over China, in the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday afternoon before 39,102 fans. The victory gave the Cubans a 1-1 record after losing 11-6 to Japan the day before. They now face Australia in their final First Round contest.
The decision was a surprise but that’s what managers are for. Carlos Marti, announced right-hander Noelvis Entenza to face the two-time WBC champions Japan on their home turf in the inaugural tournament clash for both squads, reports Ray Otero of Baseballdecuba.com.
Mexico, the host team, beat Cuba 1-0 Monday night in the second semifinal contest of the Caribbean Series and will play tomorrow against Puerto Rico to define this year’s champion.
Confusion in the method to define the classification of the teams in the Caribbean Baseball Series led to changes in the semifinals rivals in the games to take place on Monday. Cuba will now play the Mexican team while Venezuela plays Puerto Rico. The finals among the winners is on Tuesday.
Cuba obtained its second win without a loss by defeating the Puerto Rican team 6-1 on Friday evening in the week long Caribbean Series tournament being held in Culiacan, Mexico. Cuba plays the Venezuelan team on Saturday.
Cuba, represented by Granma, started this year’s Caribbean Series with a 4-0 shutout over Tigres del Licey, representing the Dominican Republic. The one-week tournament, which also includes teams from Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico, is being played in Culiacan, Mexico.