Venezuela, Pan American Champion

Venezuela crowned today two-time Pan American champions beating Argentina in the final by 9-2 in six innings. Venezuelan team had to play and win three consecutive games this Sunday to claim the title. The runner up was Argentina, while USA finished in third place. Besides, Cuba defeated Canada by 3-2 and clinched the last ticket to Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Venezuela and Argentina decided again the Pan American Championship, in South American decisive game, after that final played in Parana in 2014. And Venezuela defeated Argentina one more time to retain the continental title.

Venezuela started the game with a furious offensive, scoring five runs in the first inning. They loaded the bases quickly, with two consecutive hits by Herwims Querales and Yeider Chirinos, and a defensive error. Later, Rafael Flores hit a single to center field to plate the first two runs of the game, before Argentina retired the first out of the game.

One out later, Carlos Carreño bring home two more with a double to center field, and advanced with another error, to score later with a grounder to second by Edwin Linares.

In the top of the second Argentina scored once. Gustavo Godoy walked, and Leonardo Latasa was hit by a pitch, before Ladislao Malarczuk singled to left to produce the first run of his team.

Argentina added one more in the fifth, with an RBI single by Juan Zara. After that, Erick Urbaneja left the game after 4.2 innings of work, allowing 2 runs, 6 hits, 3 walks and 3 Ks. In relief came in Carlos Ucero, with runners on first and second and two outs, to face Manuel Godoy, representing the tying run for Argentina. But the right hander pitcher fanned the leftie hitter to end the inning.

Closing the same episode, Venezuela took back their difference, with a solo homer by Luiger Pinto to left field, to give his team four runs of difference again.

One inning later, Venezuela ended the game in the same way they started it, scoring runs. John Zambrano was hit by pitch, Chirinos walked and Jorge Lima plated them with a double, putting the run of the knock out in second base. And a single by Pinto ended the game and the tournament, scoring the ninth run of his team to clinch the victory.

 

In the semifinal game, Venezuela defeated USA by 5-4, to reach another Pan American final.

Venezuela took the lead in the second inning, with a two run homer by Carlos Carreño to left field, for the 2-0. But USA scored quickly after that, with an RBI single by Jonathan Lynch to plate Yusuf Davis.

However, in the top of the third toe South American team scored again twice, with a double by Jorge Lima to left field, and an RBI single by Rafael Flores through the center of the diamond.

But the North Americans answered again in the top of the fourth with a single by Davis to score Kevin Castillo, and two innings later USA tied the game with a two-RBI single by Cmaeron Schiller to score Chase Turner and Jenner Christiansen.

But Venezuela took a one run lead in the bottom of the sixth, with an RBI double by Arturo Acacio to plate Edwin Linares.

 

Previously the Pan American Champions beat Mexico by 4-2, in the first game of the day, to advance in the playoffs.

Mexico opened the score in the second inning, with a solo shot by Antonio Gonzalez, but Venezuela tied the game in the third, with an RBI single by Flores.

Mexico took the lead again in the fourth inning. With runners on first and second, Cesar Rodriguez hit a grounder to first, John Zambrano stepped on the base and assisted to second to complete the double play. Bet the throw went to high and flew over the second base, landing on the left field, allowing Albino Sanchez to score from second.

However, in the bottom of the fourth, Edwin Linares hit a solo shot to center field to tie the game again.

In the sixth Jorge Lime broke the tie with a two-RBI double to the left field line, to plate Herwims Querales and Yeider Chirinos and took the lead in the scoreboard.

 

In the other hand, Argentina defeated USA by 7-2 to reach the final of the Pan American Championship, in a game that started last night, was rained out and finished today in the morning. A very good offensive effort by Argentina, and a superb work by Maximiliano Montero from the circle, gave the South Americans a fair victory.

The Argentinean tema started the game with a great offense, sending eight batters to the plate. Mariano Montero and Teo Migliavacca singled consecutively to put runners on the corners, and with two outs Zara singled through the middle to plate the first two runs of the game. However, Argentina didn’t stop there, since Manuel Godoy walked and Gustavo Godoy produced two more with a double to center field, giving Argentina a big lead before Maximiliano Montero threw a single pitch.

However, Montero started imprecise, walking Nick Mullins and Erick Ochoa. And a defensive error allowed USA to score one run.

In the top of the fifth Argentina stretch the lead. Mariano Montero singled to right field and Migliavacca followed with a walk, with nobody out. However, Joey Cooley retired the next two hitters, but Manuel Godoy hit a three run homer to put the game 7-1.

In the fifth inning, Cameron Schilling hit a single to right field to produce the second US run. But that as the last run of the game, since Montero retired the last seven batters he faced.

The Argentine hurler threw the complete game, allowing 2 runs (only one earned), 2 hits and 2 walks, with 8 Ks. The loss was charged to Tony Mancha in one inning, with 4 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk, with a K.

Cuba, the last guest to Lima

In the game for the fifth place, looking for the last team for Lima 2019 Pan American Games, Cuba defeated Canada by 3-2 and clinched their ticket to the next continental Games. Canada (winner of every Gold Medal in the Men’s Softball Pan Am Games) won’t be present in the Games for the first time in history.

Cuba scored their three runs in the second inning. Yasmani Rios singled, advanced with a double by Reinier Vera and scored later with a pass ball. After that, Yuri Rodriguez produced the second run of his team with a single, and later scored on a wild pitch, making it 3-0 for Cuba.

Canadá answered soon, in the bottom of the same second inning. Bryan Redhead singled and Kyle Cowick hit a two run shot to center field, to ake it a one run game 3-2.

Two innings later, Canada loaded the bases with no outs, a superb opportunity to tie the game, or even take the lead, but they couldn’t take advantage of it. Alain Lopez came in relief ob Gluber Plutin, and the right hander made Redhead hit a fly to short stop, and fanned Jeremy O’Reilly and Ty Sebastian to escape the jam.

In the last inning, Jason Hill singled with two outs, putting the tying run on base. But Bryan Abrey hit a line drive to first base that was caught by Rios for the out number 21 of the game.

Lopez was the winner of the match in 4 innings of relief, allowing only 1 hit and 2 walks, with 6 strikeouts. The loser was Scott Lieph in 1.2 innings or work, receiving 3 runs an 4 hits, with 2 walks and 2 Ks.

Mexico and Venezuela will be in Lima

In a shortened day due to rain, Mexico and Venezuela clinched their spots in the next Pan American Games, to be held in Lima. First, Mexico defeated Canada by 7-6 and assured their ticket; and second Venezuela beat Cuba by 4-1 and will also be present in the Peruvian capital. In the other hand, the game between Argentina and USA must be rained out in the fourth inning.

In a very exciting game, Mexico defeated Canada by 7-6 today and qualified for Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The game had an electrifying ending, since Canada scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh and stranded the tying run in third base. But a sensational play by Ismael Peña in second base gave his country the win and the qualification

Mexico started the game strong, scoring six runs in the top of the first. Edgar Lopez opened the score with a two run homer, and Alan Salgado plated one more with a double to left. After that, a defensive error allowed Mexico score to more runs, and finally Carlos Menchaca bring home one more with a single.

Canada answered in the bottom of that inning, with two consecutive doubles by Kyle Ezekiel and Jason Hill, to make it 6-1. Bryan Abrey produced the second run of his team with a single to left, and advanced to second with the throw, but couldn’t score.

Mexico scored again in the top of the seventh with an RBI double by Alan Salgado, scoring the run that gave his team the victory.

With the game 7-2, two outs and no one on base, Canada started to score. First was a double by Ty Sebastian, after that a single by Kris Walushka and an RBI single by Kyle Ezekiel, to palte the third run of his team. Jason Hil doubled to center field to produce two more, and Bryan Abrey hit an RBI single to center field, and advanced to second.

With the tying run in scoring position, was the turn of Bryan Redhead. And he connected a soft line over second base; the ball flew over the grey sky of Santo Domingo and looked like it would land on the green with the tying run for Canada. However, Ismael Peña run hard, dove to the outfield head first and the ball landed easily in his glove, to seal the win and the ticket to Lima.

The entire Mexican team ran to the right field to hug Peña in right field, and celebrate the classification to Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

The winner was Samuel Villalvazo in seven innings of work, with 6 runs, 11 hits 2 walks and 4 Ks. The loser was Ryan French, who only lasted 0.1 inning with 4 runs, 3 hits and 1 walk.

 

Venezuela defeated Cuba by 4-1, in a game that suffered a long interruption due to rain and ended in the Dominican night. This way the South American team is the fourth team to make the Pan American Games.

Herwims Querales led off the game with a double for Venezuela, and a few batters later scored with a pass ball. Rafael Flores and Luiger Pinto walked consecutively, and Carlos Carreño plated them with a two RBI hit to center field for the 3-0.

Cuba scored their only run in the top of the third, with the bases loaded and two outs. Juan Rodriguez, Alexis Navarro and Edward Laverdeza reached with hits, and the first scored thanks to a walk by Andres Reyna. However, Venezuelan pitcher Carlos Ucero escaped the jam fanning Yasmany Rios.

In the top of the fifth innings the rain started to fall and the game was stopped, when Cuba had runners on first and second and two outs. When the game was launched again, reliever Erick Urbaneja made Rios to hit a grounder to avoid any damage.

In the bottom of the fifth Querales scored the last run of the match, with a pass ball, to put the definitive 4-1 in the scoreboard.

The winner of the game was Carlos Ucero in 4.2 innings of work, allowing 1 hit and 6 hits, with 4 walks and 5 fanned. The loss went to Alain Roman who only retired two outs and allowed 3 runs, 1 hit, 2 walks and 1 K.

With this victory, the last Pan American champions and Silver medalist in Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will be present in Lima 2019 and continues alive in this tournament.

In the other hand, Cuba will play against Canada tomorrow at 8:30 to decide, face to face, who is the last guest to the next Pan American Games.

 

Finally, the last game of the day was rained out in the fourth inning. Argentina was ahead USA by 4-1 when the rain started again, and the game was suspended.

The Argentine team started the game with a great offensive, sending eight hitters to the plate. Mariano Montero and Teo Migliavacca singled consecutively putting runners on the corners. With two outs, Juan Zara plated them with a single to center field to bring the first two runs of the game. However Argentina didn’t stop, since Manuel Godoy walked and Gustavo Godoy doubled to center field to produce two more runs for his team.

However, Argentine pitcher Maximiliano Montero didn’t start very accurate in their throws, walking consecutively Nick Mullins and Erick Ochoa. And after that a defensive error allowed USA to score their only run of the night.

Tomorrow at 8:30 both teams will come back to the field to finish this game and know who will be the first finalist of the event.

Dominican Republic, last guest to Barranquilla

The Dominican Republic became last night the fifth and last country qualified for Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. The win by Mexico against Panama assured the Dominican team the fifth place between the regional teams and will be present in Barranquilla.

Last night the round robin was completed with a win by Mexico against Panama, by 9-1, in a game that was rained out. Panama needed a win to force a tie with the Dominican Republic, but Mexico defeated them in six innings and left them with no chances to qualify.

This way, Bahamas (for the English Caribbean), Colombia (host team), Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela will play the Men’s Softball competition in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.

The 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, from July 20 to August 3, 2018. These Games is a multi-sport event held every four years since 1926 in different cities and countries from Central American and Caribbean Sea region and is the oldest regional multi-sport event in the world. The event is coordinated by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (ODECABE).

Ticket to Lima for Argentina and USA

 

Argentina won today a very important game against Venezuela to clinch a spot in Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The white and blue team defeated the “vinotinto” by 5-4, and also assured its presence in the podium.

Argentina defeated their classic South American rivals in a game that was interrupted twice due to rain, started at 11:30 and ended after 8 o’clock in the evening. A very even game between two well-known old rivals, with a lot of lead changes in the scoreboard.

In the bottom of the first Venezuela took advantage of a pair of errors by the Argentine defense to load the bases, before Rafael Flores hit a single to plate the first two runs of the game.

However, Argentina tied the score in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded Gustavo Godoy hit a grounder to first base to produce the first run of his team, and Gonzalo Ojeda hit a sac fly to center field to tie the game.

One inning later Argentina took the lead for the first time of the match. Ladislao Malarczuk doubled to right field and Mariano Montero followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. After that, Teo Migliavacca went deep for another sac fly to center, to produce the third Argentine run.

However, Venezuela tied the game in the bottom of that same inning. Herwims Querales singled to center field, and Yeider Chirinos reached first with an error, putting runners on the corners, and Flores plated their third runs of the game to tie the game.

But Argentina took the lead again in the sixth with an RBI double by Leonardo Latasa to right field, to plate Gonzale Ojeda, who singled before. In the seventh Argentina scored the security run, again with two outs. Nicolas Carril walked, Juan Zara singled and finally Manuel Godoy produced one with another single to right.

In the seventh, Venezuela scored one with an RBI single by Jorge Lima, but then Rafael Flores hit into double play to end the inning.

Roman Godoy won the game in 6.1 innings of work, with 4 runs (only one earned) and 7 hits, with 3 walks and 6 Ks. Maximiliano Montero came in relief and faced only one batter, forcing him to hit into double play to claim the saved. For Venezuela, John Garcia lost.

This way, Argentina was the first country qualified to Lima 2019, and tomorrow will face USA in the first semifinal game. In the other hand, Venezuela will play against Cuba.

 

In the other match of the winner’s bracket, USA defeated Canada by 6-5, and also qualified for Lima 2019.

Canada took the lead in the second with an RBI single by Patrick Burns to plate Bryan Abrey. However USA answered in their next attack, tying the game with a solo homer by Yusuf Davis and taking the lead with a single by Tyler Dudley.

In the fourth Kevin Castillo added one to the count of USA, but immediately later Bryan Redhead hit a bomb over the center field fence to put the score 3-2. One inning later the fireworks showed up again since Erick Ochoa for USA and Jason Hill for Canada hit two-run homers, making it 5-4.

In the top of the seventh Nick Mullins scored with a pass ball the security run for USA, and in the bottom of the seventh Canada only scored once to end the game.

This way, USA will be present in Lima 2019 and tomorrow will play against Argentina for the first spot in the final. In the other hand, Canada will face Mexico at 11:30.

 

Cuba defeated Guatemala today by 5-2 and stays alive in the tournament. The island team will have now double chance to make the Pan Am Games. Guatemala, in the other hand, was eliminated, but takes home the spot to the Central American and Caribbean Games.

Yuri Rodriguez, Reinier Vera and Juan Rios scored in the second inning for Cuba to take the lead. But Guatemala answered in the top of the third with a two run double by Jonathan Donadio to center field.

However, in the bottom of the third Edward Laverdeza found Yexander Rodriguez in the bases and bring him home with a triple, for the 4-2. After that, Roger Rossete plated him with a single.

The winner of the game was Alain Roman with 4 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. The loser for Guatemala was Cesar Sajche.

This way, Cuba and Venezuela will face to see which team continues alive in the tournament. Besides, a ticket to the Pan American Games will be at stake. The game will be at 11:30.

 

In the other win-or-go-home game, Mexico defeated Colombia by 6-4 and moves on in the tournament. The Mexican team arrived to the seventh with a six-run advantage, but Colombia reacted and put the things interesting in the last inning

Jesus Cardona led off the game for Mexico with a homer, giving the lead to his team. In the third inning the Mexican team scored four runs to stretch the difference, and in the sixth scored one more time, with a sac fly by Cardona, his second RBI of the night.

However Colombia reacted in the final inning. Samuel Villalvazo arrived to te seventh with a no-no in process, but Edgar Mercado received with a double to break the magic, and after that the Mexican hurler walked three consecutive hitters. Then Jamir Iriarte produced one with a fielder’s choice and Jairo Cardozo y Gari Parejo singled to make it 6-4, with runners on second and first. However, Josimar Cardozo struck out swinging for the out number 21 of the game, closing the door to the come-back.

The winner was Villalvazo in 7 innings of work, with 4 runs, 3 hits, 6 walks and 8 Ks. The loser was Elkis Chinchilla.

This way Colombia is out of the tournament, while Mexico advances and tomorrow wil play against Canada.

Six teams already invited to Barranquilla

With the round almost finished (it’s only one game left), we already have six teams qualified for Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala and Bahamas clinched their spot in the regional Games, while the last team will bu the Dominican Republic or Panama.

The 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, from July 20 to August 3, 2018. These Games is a multi-sport event held every four years since 1926 in different cities and countries from Central American and Caribbean Sea region and is the oldest regional multi-sport event in the world. The event is coordinated by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (ODECABE).

The Pan American Championship qualifies six teams to Barranquilla, one of them destined to the English Caribbean area, and the other five for the best qualified teams from the region. For ECASC, Bahamas advanced to the Games being fifth in Pool B.

In the other hand, in the general standings, Venezula, Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala are alredy qualified, and during the playoffs will seek to clinch a spot in Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The last team will be decided between the Dominican Republic and Panama. The host team finished the round robin with a 3-4 record; however, in Pool B Panama has a 2-4 record, and still has to play a postponed game against Mexico. If Panama wins this game, they will force a tie with the Dominican Republic, and a tiebreaker game between the two teams with the ticket to Barranquilla at stake.

The last edition of the Central American and Caribbean Games was in Veracruz, Mexico, in 2014, where Venezuela won the Gold Medal, Mexico de Silver Medal and Cuba the Bronze.

Pan American Championship playoffs set

Finished the round robin of the X Men’s Pan American Championship held in the Dominican Republic, the playoffs were set, with the eight teams to compete for the five spots for Lima 2019 Pan American Games.

Venezuela ended unbeaten in Pool A and clinch the first place in the standings, followed by USA, Cuba and Colombia. These three teams finished with the same record of 5-2, but the US team earned the second place by the tiebreak criteria.

In the other hand, Canada claimed the first place in Pool B with no losses, followed by Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala.

This way, the payoffs will begon on Friday with two historic rivalries between Venezuela and Argentina, and Canada versus USA. The four teams will have double chance in the playoff. In the lower part of the playoff, Cuba will face Guatemala and Mexico will play against Colombia, in win-or-go-home games.

Two key victories for USA

USA clinched the second place in their pool, with two important wins against Cuba by 5-1 and Puerto Rico by 9-0. This way, they will face Canada in the playoff, the other North American giant.

USA defeated Cuba by 5-1, making a huge step in their goal to finish in the second spot of the Pool A. Tony Mancha threw a six-innings gem, allowing only 2 hits and 1 run, with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.

Erick Ochoa produced the first US run with a single to left field to plate Cameron Schiller. Cuba tied the game in the fourth, with an RBI single by Yasmani Rios to left field.

But in the bottom of the fourth USA took the lead again with an RBI by John Lynch for the middle of the field. And in the last two innings they opened the gap with a grounder by Nick Mullins and a two run bomb by Kevin Castillo.

Alain Roman was the loser for Cuba in seven innings of work, with 5 runs, 8 hits, 5 walks and 10 Ks.

After that game, USA defeated Puerto Rico by 9-0, in five innings, and this way clinched the second place. The game lasted only five innings with another beauty of Mancha, who left the game hitless after four innings of work, and fanned five of the 12 hitters he faced.

The North American team made the big difference in the third innings, sending 13 hitters to the plate to score eight runs.

Dominican Republic, one step away from Barranquilla

Dominican Republic defeated today Aruba and Puerto Rico and ended in the fifth spot of the Pool A, waiting for the gama between Mexico and Panama to define if they qualified directly to Barranquilla 2018, or must play a tiebreak game against Panama.

In their first game of the day, the Dominican Republic beat Aruba by 11-1 in four innings, and maintained their chances to qualify to 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.

A powerful offense by the host team, guided by Juan Arias with five RBIs, four of them in the third inning with a grand slam over the center field fence.

Felix Liriano was the winner of the game in four innings of work, with 1 allowed run, 2 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. The loser for Aruba was Jair Thompson, who pitched 3.2 innins and received 11 runs and 8 hits, with 8 walks.

Finally, in the last game of the day, the host team defeated Puerto Rico by 5-3 and ended in the fifth place of the Pool A. They must wait for the game between Mexico and Panama (postponed due to rain) to know if they qualify to Barranquilla 2018 (with a win by Mexico) or need to play a tiebreak against Panama (if Panama wins).

Bahamas to the Central American and Caribbean Games

In the first game of the day Bahamas defeated Panama by 2-1 and clinched a spot in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games as the best English Caribbean team. An even match,  won by the Caribbean island, thanks to a solo homer by Sherman Ferguson in the fourth inning.

Bahamas took the lead in the first inning with a run by Ferguson, thanks to a pass ball. However, Alexander Lewis led off the game with a home run to center field to tie the game.

Joaquín Vargas for Panama and Alcom Forbes for Bahamas were dominant against their rivals, shooting out their rivals through the fifth inning, when Ferguson exploded a pitch by Vargas over the center field fence, and scored the go ahead run for Bahamas.

In the bottom of the seventh Panama had the chance to tie the game, and even come from behind in the score. Jonathan Rios walked with one out, and advanced with a single by Abdiel Solano. One out later Lewis walked to load the bases, but Humberto Periñon failed with a fly to right field to end the match.

Forbes took the win in the complete game, allowing 1 run and 4 hits, with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. The loss went to Vargas in 5 innings of work, with 2 runs, 3 walks and 9 fanned.

Colombia thinking on the playoffs

Colombia closed the round robin with a win against Aruba by 5-2. This score allowed them to finish with a 5-2 record, tied with USA and Cuba, qualifying in the fourth place.

Colombia scored the first of the game with a run by Jairo Cardozo in their first attack of the game, but Aruba took the lead in the top of the fourth with the RBI singles by Jomark Flanegin and Sando Geerman, to put the score 2-1.

However, the South Americans answered with two in the bottom of the same inning, with hits by Gari Parejo and Jamir Iriarte. The security runs were scored in the fifth inning, with RBIs by Adonay Boscan and Marcos Hernandez.

The winner was Ramiro Escorcia in relief (3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 7 K), y the loser  was Angelo Arnold (6IP, 5 R, 10 H, 2 K).

Big win for Colombia

Colombia conquered an astonishing victory against USA by 3-2, and qualified for the playoffs of the tournament. The South Americans hurlers Elkis Chinchilla and Luis Amaya were dominant against the US bats. Venezuela and Canada remain unbeaten in the tournament.

Jamir Iriarte produced the first run of the game with a single to right field in the second inning, giving the lead to his team. An in the third and fifth Colombia used the same formula to score one more: RBI single by Eduardo Cuesta to Center Field to score Yosimar Cardozo.

However, in the sixth USA reacted with a line drive shot by Erik Ochoa to center field; and in the seventh had a great chance to tie the game. Nick Mullins singled, Kevin Castillo walked and Derick Kennedy produced the 3-2, with no outs. However Amaya struck out Jenner Christiansen and Cameron Schiller consecutively, and made Yusef Davis hit a ground ball to end the game.

 

After that game, Venezuela beat Colombia by 7-2. Yeider Chirinos, Rafael Flores and Luiger Pinto homered in the top of the seventh inning to stretch the lead and give their pitcher some security runs.

Venezuela scored three in the first period, including single by John Zambrano to produce one run. However, Chinchilla find his rhythm and started to dominate their rivals.

In the second inning Colombia scored two, with Aldo Navia and Gari Parejo, and closed the gap in the score. But the score remained through the seventh, whe the Venezuelan offense exploded with the three aforementioned homers.

The winner was Carlos Ucero in four innings of work, 1 hit and 6 Ks. The loser was Chinchilla.

In the last game of the night, Venezuela beat the Dominican Republic by 4-1 and clinched the first place in the Pool A.

 

In the matchup between the Caribbean islands, Cube defeated Puerto Rico today by 5-3, and added their fifth win of the tournament. Alain Roman and Glubel Plutin combined to strikeout 15 hitters for the winner.

Cuba scored two in the first inning with Juan Rodriguez and Alexis Navarro, and stranded two more runners on base.

Puerto Rico scored in the third inning, with an RBI single by Juan Martinez to plate William Rodriguez. However, in the next three innings Cuba scored once, adding slowly to the difference. First was a single by Yesander Rodriguez, followed by a sac fly by Ranier Vera and finally with a triple by Yasmani Rios.

With the score 5-1, Eduardo Nuñez stepped to the plate with Jaime Ortiz on base, and homered to center field, making it 5-3.

However in the last inning Plutin struck out the three hitters he faced to claim the victory. The winner was Roman, and the loser David Rivera.

 

In Pool B Canada is still undefeated in the top of the standings. In their first game of the day they got a walkoff win against Panama by 1-0, with a brilliant performance by Kieth Lieph and Devon McCullough from the circle.

The only run of the game was scored in the bottom of the seventh, caused by a defensive error by Jonathan Catuy. Patrick Burns singled to center field and Tyler Randerson hit a grounder to third base, good for double play. But Catuy failed in the throw to second base, allowing Burns to score in a very close play in home plate.

In the defensive end Lieph arrived to the seventh with a perfect game, striking out 16 of the 18 batters he faced. However, in the top of the seventh Alexander Lewis led off with a single to left, but was called out in second trying to make it a double. At this point of the game McCullough entered to the circle and ended the game with a K.

 

Mexico beat Bahamas in the first game of the day by 7-3 in a leading changing game whis was decided by a four run inning by Mexico in the fifth inning.

Wayne Johnson hit an RBI single to center field, to give his team the lead in the scoreboard. The run was scored by Desmond Russell from second base.

Mexico tied the game in the top of the third, with a sac fly by Ismael Peña to plate Albino Sanchez. But the Caribbean team took the lead again with a two RBI single by Augelo Dillet to left field which scored Courtney Smith and Lamar Watkins.

However, in the top of the fifth Mexico loaded the bases with a hit by pitch to Sanchez, an error and a single by Jesus Cardona. And the heart of the lineup took advantage of the situation, with a pair of two RBI singles by Peña and Edgar Lopez to take the lead 5-3.

In the las inning Mexico scored two more with an error and a single by Ala Salgado, to clinch the victory.

The winner was Samuel Villalvazo who pitched the complete game, with 3 runs, 4 hits, 4 walks and 15 strikeouts. For Bahamas, Lyle Sawyer (4 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB) was charged with the loss.

 

Aruba claimed today their first win of the event, defeating Brazil by 8-3. Kelvin Silvania was the MVP of the game, with five RBIs, including a home run. Giandrick Lacle also contributed with three RBIs.

Aruba scored their first two runs with a triple by Lacle to right field. In the top of the fifth, he produced one more with a single, and scored with a three run shot by Silvania, to opne the gap between both teams.

In the bottom of the fifth Brazil scored with a single by Rafael Ishikawa to plate Marcelo Nakandakari. However, Aruba scored again in the top of the seventh, with a two RBI single by Silvania.

In their last attack, Brazil tried to come from behind, but the effort came short, scoring only two. The final score was 8-3.

Jomark FLanegin threw the complete game allowing 3 runs, 2 hits, 3 walks and 9 Ks, to claim the win. For Brazil, Mario Yoshimura pitched 4 innings for the loss, with 6 runs, 9 hits, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

 

Argentina defeated Bahamas in the midday by 15-2 in their first game of the day, with an overwhelming performance.

Argentina started the game at full speed, scoring four runs. In the bottom of that inning Bahamas scored their only two runs of the game. Lamar Walkins walked, Philip Johnson singled and Angelo Dillet brought them home with a single to center field.

However, Argentina maintained their offensive intensity and kept scoring every inning to finish the game in four innings.

Santiago Carril and Manuel Godoy produced three runs each, while Federico Eder finished with 2 RBIs.

Huemul Mata won the game in relief, with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts. Roman Godoy started the game and allowed the two runs of Bahamas in the first inning, with 2 hits, 1 walk and 3 fanned.

The loser was Martin Burrows in 3 innings of work, with 14 runs, 15 hits, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Canada and Venezuela still unbeaten

Only two teams remain undefated in the Men’s Pan American Championship; Venezuela and Canada lead the standings in Pool A and B respectively, with four wins in as many games.

Canada remains unbeaten in the X Men’s Pan American Championship with four wins. Today the y beat Bahamas by 8-1 and Argentina by 2-1.

In the first game of the day, Canada defeated Bahamas by 8-1, in five innings. Kyle Cowick hit two homers and produced five runs to lead the Red and White offensive. The winner was Patrick Burns (3 IP, 1 BB, 5 K), while the loss was charged to Davis Thomas.

After that game, in an important game thinking on the final standings of the Pool B, Canada beat Argentina by 2-1. The game was decided in the las Canadian attack, taking advantage of two errors by the Argentine defense to score their only two runs of the game.

Maximiliano Montero and Devon McCullough had stellar performances from the circle. Both teams were silenced during five innings, but in the bottom of the sixth Argentina took the lead with a run scored by Teo Mugliavacca, in a pass ball.

For the seventh inning Roman Godoy replaced Montero in the circle for Argentina, to retire the last two outs of the game. However, Jason hill led off with a single, advanced to second by an error, and finally scored with a double by Kyle Ezekiel. With two outs Ben Wideman hit a rolling, but a new defensive error allowed Canada take the lead.

The winner was Ryan French in a one inning relief, allowing 1 walk. The starter was McCullough, who pitched 6 innings with 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks an 11 Ks, leaving the game without decision. Maximiliano Montero finished with 6 innings pitched, 3 hits and 8 strikeouts. Roman Godoy was charged with the loss, with 2 hits and 2 runs in the only inning he worked.

 

In the other unbeaten matchup, in the Pool A, Venezuela defeated Cuba by 5-1. Jorge Lima produced two runs with a pair of singles, while Luiger Pinto plated 3 with a double and a solo homer.

Venezula scored three in the first episode, with a walk and three consecutive hits by Lima, Rafael Flores and Pinto. One inning later Lima produced their second run of the game, plating Herwins Querales. The las run for Venezuela was scored by Pinto, with a solo shot in the fifth inning.

The only run for Cuba was scored by Roger Rosete in the sixth inning, when the team from the island got two of their three hits of the game.

The winner of the game was Erik Urbaneja, pitching six innings, with 3 hits, 6 strikeouts and 1 run allowed. Alain Roman lost the game for Cuba, receiving 4 runs, 5 hits and 4 walks, with 5 strikeouts.

 

Later, in an English Caribbean duel, Bahamas defeated Belize by 8-0 in five innings. An outstanding performance by Sherman Ferguson, with two home runs, the last one for the walkoff win.

Worth to mention that English Caribbean area has an assured spot in the Central American and Caribbean Games, so this game was an important one for both teams. And Bahamas had a solid game, supported by Lyle Sawyer from the circle and the bat of Ferguson, who had five RBIs in the game.

Bahamian pitcher was scoreless in five innings of work, allowing 2 hits and 1 walk, with 7 Ks. The loss was charged to Christian Orellana in 4+ innings of work, with 7 runs, 8 hits and 3 fanned.

 

Closing the afternoon, USA defeated the Dominican Republic by 5-1, and reached their third consecutive win of the tournament.

Tyler Dudley opened the count with a two-run shot to center field in the first inning, with Jonathan Lynch on base (who reached sith a walk).

The host team closed the gap in the fifth with a run by Fernando Gomez, but USA scored the security runs in the sixth, with an RBI single by Nick Mullins, and a 2 run RBI double by Cameron Schiller.

Tony Mancha took the win, allowing 2 hits and 1 run, with two walks and 7 strikeouts. The loss was charged to Santiago Diaz (3.2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 K), with the relief of Yan Carlos Gonzalez and Yennier Perez.

 

After that game, the host team played against Colombia, in a very closed game decided in the last swing of the night. The South American team defeated the Dominican Republic by 2-1, and made a huge step in the run for the playoffs.

The host team scored first, with a solo homer by Pablo Figuereo to right field, driving crazy the stadium number one of the Centro Olimpico Juan Pablo Duarte.

However, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and nobody on, Colombia came from behind for the walkoff win. Santiago Paulino walked Josimar Cardozo, and hit Edgar Mercado to put two runners on. Finally, Adonay Boscan hit a line drive to the left field line, allowing both runners to score to clinch the victory.

Ramiro Escorcia claimed the win in two innings of relief, with 3 fanned and 1 hit. Luis Amaya started the game for Colombia. In the other hand, Santiago Paulino was charged with the loss in 3.2 innings, with 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

The tournament resumes after the rain

After yesterday was rained out, a new day of the Men’s Pan American Championship is in the books with a lot of games played.

The first game of the day was the most exciting of the tournament so far. Venezuela defeated USA by 8-4 in extra innings. The Venezuelan National Team clinched the game in the eighth with an RBI double by Luiger Pinto, and back-to-back homers by Carlos Carreño and Jhon Zambrano (the first one a two-run shot).

Venezuela took the lead in the second inning, with a two-run bomb by Pinto to open the score. However, USA came from behind in the fourth inning, also with only one swing. Jeff Nowaczyk found Erik Ochoa and Tyler Dudley on the bases, and hit a three-run homer to take the lead by 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, Yeider Chirinos gave Venezuela the lead again with a two-run shot, but USA tied the game again in their last at-bat chance with a run by Kevin Castillo, sending the game to extra innings.

But in the eighth, Venezuela’s offense exploded. Pinto hit an RBI double to plate the go-ahead run, Carreño hit a two-run homer, and Zambrano followed with a solo shot to give their team a healthy lead.

The winner was Jhon Garcia, who came in relief for 1.2 innings, with 1 strikeout and 1 walk. The starter was Erik Urbaneja, who worked 6.1 innings allowing 4 runs, 4 hits and 1 walk, with 4 Ks. For USA, the loser was Tony Mancha, who pitched 7+ innings, allowing 7 runs and 8 hits, 4 walks and 4 Ks.

In an interesting pitching duel, Guatemala defeated Bahamas by 2-1. Both runs from the winning team came in the first inning, and Cesar Sajche threw a great game to clinch the victory.

Guatemala’s Nery Del Cid led off the game with a walk and Jonathan Donadio followed with a single to left field. Both runners advanced with a wild pitch, and Del Cid scored with a sac fly by Gerardo Dacaret. After that, Donadio scored on a wild pitch.

On the defensive side, Sajche threw four scoreless innings, without any hits. But in the fifth, Bahamanian Desmond Russell hit a solo homer to left field, putting the score at 2-1. In this inning, Bahamas put runners on first and second with one out, but Sajche closed the door with two strikeouts, and from there retired the last eight batters faced to clinch the victory.

The Guatemalan hurler threw the complete game, allowing 1 run and 2 hits, with 1 walk and 13 strikeouts. The loss was charged to Alcott Forbes, with 2 runs, 1 hit, 6 walks and 6 Ks.

In the afternoon, Argentina won their two games of the day, defeating Guatemala and Mexico in a double header.

Argentina defeated Guatemala by 11-0 in six innings. The South American team had two big innings in the game to claim the knockout victory.

Argentina had a good offensive production and excellent performances by their pitchers, Maximiliano Montero and Huemul Mata, who combined for the shutout.

Nicolas Carril scored the first run of the game from third with an RBI single by Mariano Montero. Carril reached first with a walk, and advanced to third off two passed balls. Finally, Montero plated him with a single to left field to give Argentina the lead.

An inning later, Argentina enjoyed their first big inning, scoring five runs on four hits and two walks, including a two-run single by pinch hitter Bruno Motroni. In the sixth, Argentina sent nine hitters to the plate and scored five times.

In their second game of the day, Argentina defeated Mexico by 12-6. Mexico scored in the first inning, thanks to a pair of walks and a single by Ruben Delgadillo to right field.

In the bottom of the second, Argentina took the lead. Juan Zara was hit by pitch, advanced to third with a double by Nicolas Carril to left field and finally scored from a passed ball. Carril scored the go-ahead run with an RBI single by Montero; Leonardo Latasa was hit by a pitch, and both scored off a long double by Teo Migliavacca to center field for the 4-1 lead.

In the fourth inning, Maximiliano Montero came in relief replacing Roman Godoy, but in the fifth got in trouble with two walks, and Alan Salgado hit a long three-run bomb, to close the gap to 6-4.

One inning later, Mexico tied the game with another shot. This time it was Ismael Peña who hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

However, Argentina reacted in the bottom of the sixth. Huemul Mata hit a single for the go-ahead run, Zara plated two more with a single, and Santiago Carril hit a three-run homer to make it 12-6.

Early in the day, Costa Rica clinched a historic victory against Belize by 14-2, for the first win in the history of the Men’s Pan American Championships. The game ended in four innings, and the winning pitcher was Gian Carlos Espinoza.

Costa Rica sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring nine times, including a three-run triple by Minor Moncada. The only two runs of Belize came in the fourth inning.

Espinoza ended the game with 4 innings pitched, 2 runs, 3 hits and 5 strikeouts.

In the last game of the day, Cuba beat Dominican Republic in an excellent match. Roberto Echarte made the big swing of the night, with a three-run homer to break the tie and give Cuba the 5-2 win.

Men’s Pan American Championship begins

Argentina won today their first game in the X Men’s Pan American Championship, defeating Panama by 5-0 in Santo Domingo. Argentine pitchers Maximiliano Montero, Huemul Mata and Roman Godoy combined for a no hit no run, while Gustavo Godoy hit a two run homer in the seventh inning.

Argentina scored the first run of the game in the third inning. They loaded the bases with a single by Mariano Montero, and two walks by Federico Eder and Teo Migliavacca; and then Montero scored in a fielder choice play.

In the top of the seventh Godoy hit a two run shot to center field to make it 3-0. Nicolas Carril reached base by an error and scored with Godoy’s shot.

After that swing, Argentina exploded offensively with four consecutive hits, to score two more security runs and clinch the game.

Tomorrow Argentina will face Mexico at 14 hs, while Panama will play against Canada.

In the second game of the day, Puerto Rico had a great offensive game, defeating Aruba by 12-2 in four innings. The winner was David Rivera, who allowed 2 hits, and 2 runs in four innings of work, with 3 strikeouts.

Eduardo Nuñez and Emanuel Colon hit a home run each for the winner, in the third and fourth inning respectively.

However, both teams started the game strong, scoring five combined runs. Puerto Rico scored three runs, including a two-RBI triple by Nuñez (he had 5 RBI in the game). In the other hand, Aruba answered with two runs, with an RBI single by Kelvin Silvania.

However, Puerto Rico keep scoring over and over, while Rivera stopped Aruba offensive to clinch the knockout win.

In the final game of the day, the Dominican Republic defeated Brazil with authority by 15-0, in front of the home crowd. From the beginning the host team stablished the differences between both teams, scoring eight runs in the first inning. The South American team couldn’t do anything in their debut in the tournament.

In other scores, Cuba defeated Colombia by 7-0; Guatemala on against Belize by 15-0; and Canada beat Costa Rica by 20-0.