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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:24 pm

argolio wrote:
Hollywood2 wrote:Team Canada was seeking to advance, and therefore needed 2 wins. They needed Richmond against Venezuela and had to save him. Had they used him against Italy, their 2 runs may still not have been enough. (Granted, they might have scored 1 or 2 more had they been in a tight game and were playing for one run.) However, Venezuela would have scored 10+ runs against the staff used against Italy.
Seeking to advance? How did that work out?

Needed two wins? How about one first? And why not pitch Richmond against the U.S.? They lost by only one run in a game they all but conceded. When you basically treat your opponents as if they're on a giant pedestal instead of going with your best, you get what you pay for -- going home with your tail between your legs.
No.

Every baseball team has to set its rotation. Canada had only one MLB-level starter (Scott Richmond) and had to have him available for the biggest game (which is the 3rd game). It's that simple. They can't see how the Italy game is going and then say "Hey Scott, get ready for the 4th inning." Starters get ready a few days before a game.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:49 pm

DUTCH LOOK LIKE TREATS, YANKS LOOK LIKE CRAP

March 14, 2009

Image NETHERLANDS 1
Image VENEZUELA 3


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

Venezuela had a very narrow escape in this one. They only had 3 hits in the game. However, two of those were solo home runs. The Dutch also had a go-ahead run thrown out at home on a play where the Venzuelans made two excellent relay throws to nail him. Feeling some heat, the Venezuelans turned to Francisco Rodriguez for a 4-out save, something he never was asked to attempt by the Angels last year. MLB vet Sidney Ponson was the starting pitcher for the Dutch. He is looking for a contract and could be getting some offers now.

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Jose Lopez's 8th inning HR gave some insurance.

Image UNITED STATES 1
Image PUERTO RICO 11


[WBC LINK - stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

This game was called due to the mercy rule!

What a massive embarrassment for the USA on their home field. Six runs in the first two innings did them end. They had some mini-rallies going. But a 7th inning burst for PR led to the enforced tap-out.

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Geovany Soto celebrates Felipe Lopez's two-run homer.

NEXT UP

March 15, 2009
Pool 1: 3:00 pm Japan v Cuba
Pool 1: 9:00 pm Mexico v Korea
Pool 2: 6:30 pm Netherlands v USA (loser out)

March 16, 2009
Pool 1: 10:00 pm loser Jap/Cuba v loser Mex/Kor (loser out)
Pool 2: 7:00 pm Venezuela v Puerto Rico (A final)

March 17, 2009
Pool 1: 10:00 pm winner Jap/Cuba v winner Mex/Kor (A final)
Pool 2: 6:00 pm loser Ven/PR v winner Neth/USA (loser out)
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:00 pm

JAPAN WINS 2006 REMATCH

March 15, 2009

Image JAPAN 6
Image CUBA 0


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

The score looked bad but Cuba still made some sharp plays (2 pick-offs at first and a throw-out at 3rd on an attempted sacrifice). Dice-K was mowing them down with 8 Ks in 6 IP. The pitching silenced those Cuban bats. However, since Cuba's opponents were Mexico, Australia, and South Africa I think we can call them "untested".

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Daisuke Matsuzaka was the winning pitcher.

Image NETHERLANDS 3
Image UNITED STATES 9


[WBC LINK - stories and video links] ~ [2ND LINK] ~ [BOX SCORE]

The USA avoided embarrassment in this must-win game. Of note, Matt Linbdstrom almost started a brawl when he brushed back Vince Rooi after giving up a HR to Bryan Engelhardt. That would have been something.

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The Dutch bench would have emptied if necessary.

Image MEXICO 2
Image KOREA 8


[WBC LINK - stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

Bum Ho Lee got another HR for Korea. That name always makes me laugh. Anyhow Mexico looked overwhelmed. Amazingly, Korea won with the long ball.

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Tae Kyun Kim also had a HR.

NEXT UP

March 16, 2009
Pool 1: 10:00 pm Cuba v Mexico (loser out)
Pool 2: 7:00 pm Venezuela v Puerto Rico (A final)

March 17, 2009
Pool 1: 10:00 pm Japan v Korea (A final)
Pool 2: 6:00 pm loser Ven/PR v USA (loser out)

March 18, 2009
Pool 1: 10:00 pm loser Jap/Kor v winner Cuba/Mex (loser out)
Pool 2: 6:00 pm winner Ven/PR v winner Ven/PR/USA (pool final)

March 19, 2009
Pool 1: 8:00 pm winner Jap/Kor v winner Jap/Kor/Cuba/Mex (pool final)

March 21, 2009
semi-final: 8:00 pm pool 1 runner-up v pool 2 winner

March 22, 2009
semi-final: 7:00 pm pool 2 runner-up v pool 1 winner

March 23, 2009
final: 8:00 pm
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:51 pm

TIME FOR UPDATE WITH PLAYOFFS UPON US

March 16, 2009

Image CUBA 7
Image MEXICO 4


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

The Mexicans never really hit stride in this tournament. They split a pair of games against Australia and beat South Africa. Which would be great in a rugby tournament.

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Scott Hairston (left) and Karim Garcia contemplate taco vs. burrito.

Image VENEZUELA 2
Image PUERTO RICO 0


[WBC LINK - stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

After the big win over the USA the Puerto Ricans needed one more win to advance to the final four. This was a tremendous battle with each side having a boisterous cheering section.

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Former Blue Jay, Carlos Delgado.

March 17, 2009

Image PUERTO RICO 5
Image U.S.A. 6


[WBC LINK - stories and video links] ~ [2ND STORY] ~ [BOX SCORE]

This was one exciting ball game. The USA was down 5-3 heading to the bottom of the 9th and then rallied for 3 runs. Click the link and watch the video replays. This really saved the USA. This puts them in the semi-finals. Had they missed the semi-finals in back-to-back tournaments who knows what reaction might have been coming from USA baseball fans.

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Brian Roberts scores the winning run.

Image JAPAN 1
Image KOREA 4


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

This big win gives Korea a semi-final berth for the second consecutive WBC. Oddly, defending champion Japan will have to beat defending runner-up Cuba for the other semi-final berth from this pool. After a mercy rule win by Japan over Korea early in the tournament, the Koreans seem to be hitting their stride.

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Yu Darvish had 7 Ks in 5 IP for Japan.

March 18, 2009

Image U.S.A. 6
Image VENEZUELA 10


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

This was a sloppy game. Frankly, these "pool finals" are senseless games, since both teams have already advanced to the next round. As winner, Venezuela gets last bats in their semi-final game against Japan or Korea.

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Max Ramirez hit a HR.

Image JAPAN 5
Image CUBA 0


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [2ND LINK] ~ [BOX SCORE]

The Cubans seemed to be over-matched by the Japanese pitching. The Japanese pecked away with a run here and run there and the Cubans never seemed capable of a rally. This marks the first time the Cubans have been knocked out before the semi-finals of an international tournament.

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Cuban CF Yoennis Cespedes dropped this one.

March 19, 2009

Image KOREA 2
Image JAPAN 6


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

A 3-run 8th inning broke open a 2-2 tie and allowed Japan to claim the pool title. They will therefore face the USA (as "home" team) whilst Korea will be the away team against Venezuela.

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Bum Ho Lee (great name!) had his 3rd HR of the tournament.

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March 21, 2009
semi-final: 8:00 pm Korea v Venezuela

March 22, 2009
semi-final: 7:00 pm USA v Japan

March 23, 2009
final: 8:00 pm
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:49 am

ALL ASIAN FINAL!

March 21, 2009

Image KOREA 10
Image VENEZUELA 2


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

I was all set to watch a tight battle, an intriguing match-up between Latino and Asian teams with vastly different styles. Then Korea scored 5 runs in the 1st inning and Venezuela looked like little leaguers, unable to throw or catch a ball. Five errors in one game?!?!?!?!

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Bobby Abreu had a good tournament.

March 22, 2009

Image U.S.A. 4
Image JAPAN 9


[WBC LINK - with stories and video links] ~ [BOX SCORE]

This had loads of promise. Oswalt vs Dice-K. The world's two biggest pro leagues. The defending champs against the hosts. Roberts' lead off HR got the crowd pumped. But eventually the Japanese prevailed, and rather easily. A 5-run outburst in the 4th inning sealed the deal.

Now, I hope the Yanks look at their poor baseball fundamentals and over-reliance on steroid-pumped juice-monkeys and revise their whole approach to the game. Guys who can't bunt or run do not belong.

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Yu Darvish sealed the win for Dice-K.

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CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
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And ...

[Selig: Classic to get 'bigger and bigger'] - There will be a WBC in 2013!
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by argolio » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:03 pm

Hollywood2 wrote:Selig: Classic to get 'bigger and bigger - There will be a WBC in 2013!
I think Canada has a real shot to win the B Pool. We'll destroy Togo!
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by cunninglinguist » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:44 am

meh, it ultimately ends up being a cop-out tournament for the Americans. They can always say it's not a true WBC because they don't send their best players. We all know if the Americans sent their best players the would obviously win :hmm:

By not sending their best players they have an out, because could you imagine the fall out if and when the Americans man up, send their best, and then lose.

Kudos to Japan, you deserve to win and are truly the greatest baseball nation in the world.
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