Women’s BWC: Venezuela holds off Netherlands for 2nd Win

16/08/2012

Day seven at the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada started with a 14-6 victory of Venezuela over the Netherlands. The South Americans filled the scoreboard in each of the first six frames en route to their second victory in the tournament. The Dutch team rallied for six runs combined in the fourth and fifth, but couldn’t make up the deficit completely. It is their sixth loss in the sixth game.



Women’s BWC: Australia crushes Venezuela

16/08/2012

Australia keeps its chances alive to reach the semi-finals at the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup. On Wednesday they celebrated a lopsided 20-1 victory over Venezuela in a make-up game of Tuesday’s rainout at Telus Field. After both teams exchanged runs in the first, Australia blew things open with seven runs in the second.



Seattle Mariners sign Brazilian LHP

15/08/2012

The Seattle Mariners have signed the 16-year-old left-handed pitcher Luiz Gohara to a seven-year minor league contract. He receives reportedly an $800,000 signing bonus, the largest for a player from Brazil ever. The southpaw comes from Sao Paolo and was scouted by MLB representatives since he was 14 years old.



Women’s BWC: Japan two-hits Venezuela on Wednesday morning

15/08/2012

It was the first true pitcher’s duel at the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada. Japan shut out Venezuela 3-0 in a re-scheduled game from August 10. The defending champion allowed just four base runners all game for their fourth win in the tournament. Two runs in the second and one in the fifth provided the necessary run support. Venezuela dropped to 1-3 after the first leg of their doubleheader day.



Women’s BWC: USA wins Exchange with Cuba

15/08/2012

Getting rained out on Tuesday, Team USA and Cuba met again for another try at John Fry Park one day later. The two-time champion celebrated a 9-1 win, which sounds more lopsided as it was. The United States needed until the fourth inning to break a scoreless try and didn’t blow the score open until the last two frames. They are now 4-1 in the Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton. Cuba remains winless.



Women’s BWC: Canada dispatches Netherlands

15/08/2012

Canada is remaining the lone undefeated at the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton. They dispatched the Netherlands by a score of 19-2 on Tuesday evening at Telus Field. After taking a quick lead, the Maple Leafs blew the game wide open with nine runs in the fourth, tying Japan’s inning high from prior in the tournament. The lone European team in the event avoided the shutout in the fourth. It was the fifth win in the fifth game for the hosts, while the Dutch team stays winless.



Women’s BWC: Canada wins Drama against US in Extras

14/08/2012

After a dramatic ending Canada downed Team USA 15-9 on Monday evening at Telus Field in Edmonton. They survived as the lone undefeated team in the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup. The host of the tournament blew an 8-1 lead in the seventh inning, as the US scored seven in the bottom half to force extra innings. However profiting of wild pitching as well Canada answered with seven runs in the top half of the eighth, deciding the outcome.



Women’s BWC: Chinese Taipei downs Venezuela for 3rd Victory

14/08/2012

Chinese Taipei made a big step towards the medal round of the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup on Monday afternoon at John Fry Park. They downed Venezuela by a score of 4-2, picking up their third win in the fourth game in the tournament. The South American dropped to 1-2 in a matchup of contenders for the possible fourth berth in the semi-finals.



Wally Joyner talks Baseball

14/08/2012

During the Major League Baseball (MLB) European Academy in Tirrenia (Italy) we had a chance to meet former MLB hitting star Wally Joyner. Now 50, Joyner is a hitting instructor for MLB international. He was happy to share with us his baseball knowledge, his insights and his opinions.



Cuban Major League Presence Continues Its Slow Expansion

14/08/2012

While Cuba’s vaunted national team was reestablishing some much-needed credibility last month at the Haarlem Baseball Week, ex-patriot Cuban players were also continuing to make considerable noise on more-celebrated major league diamonds. Aroldis Chapman has finally begun to display that can’t-miss stardom many were touting a few years back, while Yoennis Céspedes has so far enjoyed a rather noteworthy if not eye-popping rookie campaign. At the same time veteran Liván Hernández has been busy tracking down several long-standing pitching milestones earlier owned by some of his pre-revolution Cuban countrymen. And most recently two largely unheralded newcomers (one a recent Cuban League “defector”) have now elevated to 169 the total number of athletes to reach the pinnacle of the major leagues from the baseball-loving island nation of Cuba.