Taiwan continued their success in the preliminaries of this year’s IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup with a convincing 10-0 blanking of Venezuela in seven innings at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night to improve to a 3-1 record.
Four quick runs off the South Americans in the bottom of the opening frame set the tone early for the hosts as they greeted a wild Venezuela starter Jesus Torres, who issued a pair of walks on top of two wild pitches, with a two-run double and an RBI single by Chen Tzu-hao and Yang Chia-wei respectively to chase the right-hander.
Taiwan would tack on another run in the second that made it 5-0, before a five-run sixth highlighted by Liang Chia-jung’s two-run double gave them the necessary 10-run margin to trigger the mercy rule and award them the victory.
Starter Chiang Chen-yen scattered three singles and a harmless double over five shutout innings of play to pick up the win, while Torres was charged with the loss for allowing four runs on three hits without recording any outs in a disappointing outing.
SOUTH KOREA 1, US 2
The US scored two early runs off South Korea starter Lee Su-min and held off a late-game rally to escape with a 2-1 win in their contest in Greater Taichung yesterday afternoon.
Starter Brady Aiken allowed at least one opposing hitter to reach safely in nearly every one of the 5-2/3 innings he pitched, but managed to keep South Korea off the board for four innings with some timely strikeouts and clutch defensive play, before surrendering a run in the fifth that made it 2-1.
That was all the US needed as relievers Joseph Demers and Luis Ortiz combined for 3-1/3 shutout innings of one-hit relief to preserve the narrow victory for Aiken.
Trace Loehr reached safety on all four of his plate appearances in the game with two base hits and two walks to spearhead an efficient US lineup that put up two runs on six hits.
Yesterday’s other results:
‧ Australia 4, Italy 7
‧ Colombia 0, Cuba 10 (7 inns)
‧ Mexico 4, Canada 11
‧ Czech Rep 0, Japan 15 (6 inns)
‧ Australia 0, South Korea 4
‧ Italy 4, Colombia 6