2013 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC World Baseball Classic , Stratomatic style, has been divied down to eight teams. Since the Stratomatic baseball game does not have all the players, I chose the countries that could put a field on the team. The following countries are your representatives.
Each team gets put in a pool with four other teams. Round one, the teams play a round robin tournament. The top two teams in each division advance the the semi-final round.
In round two, the top team in pool A plays the 2nd place team in pool B. And Vice versa. The winners meet in the WBC final.
|POOL A : United States
|POOL A : Venezuela
|TEAM- POOL A||WINS||LOSSES||PCT||RUNS + –|
|TEAM- POOL B||WINS||LOSSES||PCT||RUNS + –|
ROUND ROBIN GAMES
USA 7 at Canada 6 The USA Americans and the Canada Canadians locked up in an exciting one-run game at Rogers Centre. The final score was the USA Americans 7, the Canada Canadians 6. USA wasted no time and took the lead in the first inning scoring 3 runs on 4 hits. Jimmy Rollins led off and started the rally when he doubled. Brandon Phillips stepped up next and he slapped a one-base hit. Joe Mauer then hit a deep fly. Ryan Braun followed next and he blasted a two-run home run. Giancarlo Stanton got his chance to keep things going, but he went down on strikes. Buster Posey extended the rally and doubled. Canada made it exciting in the 9th, but they were unable to push the needed runs across. The victory was credited to R.A. Dickey(1-0) who went 6 and 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs. Craig Kimbrel was credited with his 1st save. Ryan Dempster(0-1) ended up with the loss. Jason Bay blasted 2 homeruns and had 4 RBI in a losing cause for Canada.
Japan 4 at Cuba 5 In a thriling finish the Cuba Castros pulled off the win over the Japan Nippon by a score of 5 to 4 at Turner Field. Cuba scored the deciding run in the bottom of the 9th inning. After an out was recorded, Adeiny Hechavarria banged out a single. Yunel Escobar came to the plate and drew a walk. Alexei Ramirez then was hit by a pitch. Yasmani Grandal followed, but he was set down on strikes. Yoenis Cespedes came up to bat and stroked a single making Cuba the victor and beginning a joyous home town celebration. Cuba had a total of 13 hits for the game. Mariano Rivera(1-0) got credit for the victory, pitching 1 and 1/3 innings and allowing no runs. Tomo Ohka(0-2) was tagged with the loss in relief.
Puerto Rico 8 at Dominican Republic 0 Right fielder Alex Rios lofted one into the ‘cheap seats’ and had 2 RBI at Dodger Stadium as the Puerto Rico Puertoricans beat the Dominican R Dominicans by the count of 8 to 0. Puerto Rico promptly took the lead in their half of the first scoring 3 runs on 5 hits. Angel Pagan opened up the inning nicely when he delivered a one-base hit. Irving Falu stepped into the batter’s box and he hit a single. Falu took second on the throw. After an out was recorded, Carlos Beltran stepped in and he drew a walk. Rios was up next and he stroked a base-hit. Yadier Molina came to the plate and delivered a base-hit. Edwin Maysonet kept the inning going and doubled. That was all the offense they were to need. Puerto Rico had 12 hits for the night while Dominican R had 6. Javier Vazquez(1-0) allowed no runs in 6 and 2/3 innings, and picked up the victory. The loss was charged to Johnny Cueto(0-1). He got hammered, allowing 11 hits and 2 walks in 4 and 1/3 innings.
Mexico 6 at Venezuela 5 Geronimo Gil had 3 base hits at Camden Yards where the Mexico Mexicans beat the Venezuela Venezuelans by the score of 6 to 5. Mexico set the tone of the game in the first inning scoring 5 runners on 5 hits. The highlight belonged to Fernando Martinez who silenced the crowd when he cracked a two-run shot. Venezuela had a chance to come back in the 9th but they came up short. The winning pitcher was Yovani Gallardo(1-0) who allowed 3 runs in 6 and 2/3 innings. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 1st save. The losing pitcher was Felix Hernandez(0-1). Mexico scored big getting 5 runs off him in 3 innings.
United States 4 at Japan 6 Kaz Matsui had 2 base hits and 2 RBI as the Japan Nippon beat the USA Americans by a score of 6 to 4. Japan scored 4 runs in the decisive 3rd inning with the help of 3 hits. That scoring would be all that was needed. Japan had 9 hits for the afternoon. Yu Darvish(1-0) allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, and picked up the victory. Junichi Tazawa recorded the save, his 1st. Gio Gonzalez(0-1) suffered the loss. He got hit hard, allowing 5 hits and 3 walks in 2 and 2/3 innings.
Canada 3 at Cuba 4 35,451 fans were treated to a fine game at Turner Field as only one run separated the combatants at game’s end. The Cuba Castros won by the slimmest of margins, 4 to 3. Cuba came up with the deciding runs in the 8th inning plating 3 runs on 3 base hits. Yonder Alonso kicked off the action when he drew a walk. Kendrys Morales followed and he slapped a single. Adeiny Hechavarria dug into the batters box next, but he struck out. Leonys Martin was up next and he stroked a base-hit. One out later, Alexei Ramirez stepped in and he ripped a base-knock. Yasmani Grandal struck out, unable to help the rally. Cuba had just 6 hits for the afternoon. The win was credited to Raul Valdes(1-0) who went 2 and 2/3 innings allowing no runs. Jesse Crain(0-1) took the loss in relief. He pitched 1 inning giving up 2 hits and no walks.
Dominican REpublic 7 at Mexico 8 Fernando Martinez slammed a homerun as the Mexico Mexicans staged a dramatic comeback over the Dominican R Dominicans by a score of 8 to 7 at Rangers Ballpark. Mexico had the winning rally in the bottom of the 9th inning with 2 runs. After an out was recorded, Alfredo Amezaga began the rally when he drew a walk. Danny Espinosa came next and he slapped a single. Jorge Cantu then would ground out. Luis Cruz came up and he reached on an error. Mexico finished with 12 hits in the victory. The victory went to Brayan Villarreal(1-0) who went 3 innings, allowing no runs. Fernando Rodney(0-1) was charged with the loss in relief. He gave up 1 hit and 1 walk in 2/3 of an inning. ‘Wow, that was fun!’, Villarreal said following the game. ‘Once in a while you play a game that reminds you just why you got into this business to begin with!’
PUerto Rico 1 Venezuela 12 Catcher Miguel Montero launched 2 homeruns and had 4 RBI as the Venezuela Venezuelans really laid it on the Puerto Rico Puertoricans 12 to 1. Montero enjoyed a big evening at the plate. He stroked a base-hit in the 1st inning, smashed a two-run homer in the 3rd inning and blasted a two-run home run in the 6th inning. Overall Venezuela out-hit Puerto Rico 18 to 8. Anibal Sanchez(1-0) allowed 1 run in 7 innings, and picked up the victory. Joel Pineiro(0-1) took the loss. He served up 3 gopher balls in 2 and 2/3 innings. ‘I was really seeing the ball tonight,’ Montero said ‘I wish it was always this easy.’
Cuba 0 United States 7 Ryan Braun hit 2 doubles and had 2 RBI and Ryan Vogelsong blanked Cuba in a very well-pitched complete game at AT&T Park where the USA Americans beat the Cuba Castros by the score of 7 to 0. Vogelsong(1-0) gave USA a solid outing. He allowed just 5 hits and 3 walks in 9 innings. USA had a total of 12 hits for the game. Yunesky Maya(0-1) was tagged with the loss. He allowed USA 6 runs in 5 innings of work.
Canada 0 at Japan 9 Koji Uehara went 4 strong innings at Chase Field where the Japan Nippon beat the Canada Canadians 9 to 0. Hisashi Iwakuma(1-0) earned his pay with a solid performance for Japan. He surrendered 6 hits and 4 walks in 5 innings. Iwakuma struckout 7 Canada batters. Japan had 13 hits overall, while Canada had 6. Uehara was credited with his 1st save. Erik Bedard(0-1) ended up with the loss. He was not very effective, surrendering 6 runs in 5 and 1/3 innings.
Venezuela 2 at Dominican Republic 5 (15 innings) In an entertaining game at Dodger Stadium the final score was the Dominican R Dominicans 5, the Venezuela Venezuelans 2 in 14 innings. The score was knotted at 2 after nine innings. Dominican R won the game in the 14th inning. After an out was recorded, Jose Bautista kicked off the action when he drew a walk. Robinson Cano followed and he drew a walk. Albert Pujols then lofted a three-run ‘big-fly’ making Dominican R the victors to the delight of the home town faithful. Dominican R had 11 hits for the night while Venezuela had 7. The victory went to Kelvin Herrera(1-0) who went 3 innings, allowing no runs. Ramon Ramirez(0-1) took the loss in relief. He allowed 3 runs and 3 hits in 3 innings.
Mexico 10 at Puerto Rico 2 Center fielder Scott Hairston had 4 hits and 4 RBI and Jorge De La Rosa threw a 3 hitter at Marlins Park as the Mexico Mexicans beat the Puerto Rico Puertoricans 10 to 2. Hairston had a good evening at the plate. He slapped a single in the 2nd inning, cracked a two-run shot in the 6th inning, doubled which scored a run in the 8th inning and ripped a base-hit which plated a run in the 9th inning. Mexico had 13 hits for the night. The victory went to De La Rosa(1-0) who went the distance allowing 2 runs. Fernando Cabrera(0-1) was hit with the loss. ‘De La Rosa took our guys to school’ Ozzie Guillen said. ‘Too bad he doesn’t pitch for us – it would make my job a whole lot easier!’
VENEZUELA 2 AT JAPAN 1.
Felix Hernandez struck out 10 batters at Chase Field where the Venezuela Venezuelans beat the Japan Nippon 2 to 1.
Hernandez(1-1) gave Venezuela a solid outing. He allowed just 6 hits and 1 walk in 7 and 1/3 innings reducing his ERA from 9.00 to 3.48. Venezuela had 10 hits for the game and Japan had 6.Hernandez was helped out by Ronald Belisario who recorded his 1st save. Hisashi Iwakuma(1-1) was the losing pitcher. Kirk Gibson was impressed with Hernandez and his 10 strikeouts. ‘It’s tough to generate runs if you can’t make contact with the ball.’
UNITED STATES AT MEXICO
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC FINAL