Chinese Taipei takes second place at 2011 World Baseball Challenge
- Submitted by: manso
- 07 / 18 / 2011
2011/07/18 19:17:21. Taipei, July 18 (CNA) Cuba exacted revenge on Taiwan Monday by defeating the Chinese Taipei amateur baseball squad 10-5 at the 2011 World Baseball Challenge (WBC) in Canada.
Taiwan finished in second place for the tournament.
The loss marks Chinese Taipei's first defeat at the hands of Cuba this year out of its five meetings with the world's top-ranked team at the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and at the WBC.
Chinese Taipei failed to claim the title after giving up 10 runs to Cuba in the fifth inning.
In the first half of the second inning, Wang C. Chieh's three-run homer broke open a tie game. Hsiao Po-ting followed with a double and Lin Han struck a single to take a 4-0 lead.
However, all hell broke loose in the fifth inning. It started when Taiwan's pitcher Kuo C. Lin gave up two runs. A fielding error in right field eventually led to another run by Cuba.
The turn of events forced Taiwan's coach to make pitching changes to try and stop the bleeding, but the team could not dig itself out of the hole.
In all, Taiwan's starting pitcher Kuo C. Lin pitched a total of four innings and gave up four hits, including a two-run homer. He was followed by Lin Y. Chin, who pitched 0.1 innings and allowed two earned runs. Cuba scored another six unearned runs.
Despite getting back one run with two hits in the first half of the sixth inning, and with pitcher Lin C. Hua throwing two scoreless innings to close the game, Chinese Taipei never recovered from the thumping they received in the bottom of the fifth.
The team is scheduled to head to Panama in late September for the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup. (By Lung Bo-an and Ann Chen) enditem/ly