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Taiwan fire blanks, Cuba win 11th title

BLUE TRUCK V FERRARI:The hosts stranded a dozen runners and handed the opposition two unearned runs as Italy claimed third place at the Intercontinental Cup

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing Reporter

Taiwan’s Lin Chih-sheng runs for the home plate after getting to second base on a hit into the left outfield against Italy during their Intercontinental Cup game at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung yesterday.


Failure to come up with the big hits with runners in scoring position, coupled with two errors that led to a pair of unearned runs for Italy, dealt Taiwan their second devastating loss in as many days as they dropped a 4-3 decision in the third-fourth place game of the Intercontinental Cup at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung yesterday afternoon to close out the tournament with a fourth-place finish.

Kao Guo-ching’s (Uni-President Lions) two-out grounder back to the pitcher that ended the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth was a case in point as the home team stranded a dozen runners in a game in which they actually outhit the Italians by a 12-6 margin.

The combined two-for-10 hitting with men in scoring position did not exactly help Taiwan’s cause either, especially with a defense that committed two errors in the game for the second straight day, making it virtually impossible to win.

“We really did not do a good job stringing our hits together today,” Taiwan head coach Yeh Chih-hsien said after the game.

His offense simply could not get the hits they needed when it counted the most.

Italy made the most of back-to-back errors by the Taiwan defense to start off the game with runners at the corners and scored them both on an RBI groundout by Mario Chiarini and a double-steal that worked to perfection to take a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

The home team would get a run back in the bottom of the same inning when Kuo Yen-wen (Cleveland Indians) singled off Italian starter Cody Cillo and scored two batters later on Lin Chih-sheng’s (La New Bears) single to left.

Kuo’s second hit of the game, a single to right in the second inning with runners on first and second, would drive in Taiwan’s second run of the game, tying it at 2-2.

After a scoreless third and fourth, the Italian offense struck again, this time on a two-out double by Jairo Ramos that scored the runner on third to retake a 3-2 lead.

Italy managed to score an insurance run in the seventh that proved critical as Taiwan also scored in the inning to pull within a run of the visitors, but that was as close as they got as the offense struggled over the final innings, despite getting runners on base.


Cuba successfully defended their title in the showdown against the Netherlands, downing a feisty squad at the Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night to claim the title for a record 11th time.


In the battle for fifth place, Japan had RBI singles by Hashimoto Itaru and Iwamoto Takahiro to take a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning and held on to win at the Douliou Baseball Stadium yesterday afternoon.

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