Chinese Taipei-Cuba a Matchup of Dueling Desires

9 Mar

Coughing up leads in both the eight and ninth innings against Japan before falling behind for good in the 10th, Team Taiwan faces a quick turnaround with its Classic life on the line, playing against Cuba for an elimination game tonight!

TOKYO — One strike was the difference between playing for a spot in the 2013 World Baseball Classic semifinals, or trying to just remain in the Classic for Chinese Taipei.

Had reliever Hung-Wen Chen (陳鴻文) thrown one more strike against Japan’s Hirokazu Ibata, Chinese Taipei would be meeting The Kingdom of the Netherlands for a spot in the Classic’s final round.

Instead, Chen gave up a two-out, game-tying RBI single to Ibata in the ninth inning, and Japan went ahead on Sho Nakata’s sacrifice fly in the 10th during a 4-3 win that consigned the Taiwanese to an elimination game against Cuba at 5 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local) on Saturday at Tokyo Dome.

Chinese Taipei faces another tough test in Cuba on Saturday, and the Cubans aren’t thrilled about being in this position either.

Cuba fell, 6-2, against the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Friday. Pool A MVP Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel homered for Cuba in the loss. Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run home run and finished with four RBIs to lead the Dutch.

Chinese Taipei will send Ching-Lung Lo (羅錦龍) to the mound against Cuba. Lo made one appearance in the first round, striking out two and allowing a hit in two innings against Korea.


Recap of the game against Japan:

Box of the pitchers against Japan:

6.0  76-49  6  0  0     1      0         1      0    0.00  (Wang Chien-min 王建民)
0.2   7-5      1  0  0     0      0         0     0    0.00  (Pan Wei-lin 潘威倫, H,1)
0.1  13-10   2  2   2    0      0         1      0    54.00 (Kuo Hung-chi 郭泓志, H,1)
0.2  13-7     2  0  0    0      0         0     0    0.00  (Wang Ching-ming 王鏡銘, BS,1)
1.1  29-17    2  2  2    2      0         0      0    13.50  (Chen Hung-wen 陳鴻文, L,0-1)
0.2  7-3      0   0 0    0      0         0      0    0.00   (Lin Yi-hao 林羿豪)
0.1   2-1      0   0 0    0      0         0      0    0.00   (Yang Yao-shun 陽耀勳)


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