The participation of Cuba and South Africa in the IV WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup has come to an end. Yuri Fernandez was an important contributor to Cuba’s victory, and Jaryd White was the South African pitcher who threw a perfect game.
Yuri Fernandez had a good game hitting against South Africa as he guided Cuba to a 9-0 victory against South Africa on Saturday at Dou-Liou Stadium, which concluded Cuba’s participation in the IV WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup. Cuba’s run at the tournament came to an end with the victory.
Cuba finished with a record of 3-2 after claiming victory in the Placement Round by claiming victories over Germany, Venezuela, and South Africa.
Both teams started the game on defense, and it was impressive to watch. In the top of the first inning, Cuba retired South Africa’s batter by doing a fly-out 4-6 double play. In the bottom of the first stanza, South Africa answered by performing a 1-6-3 double play, and Cuba’s pitcher, Jaryd White, finished the inning by striking out the batter.
In the second inning, Cuba’s Carlos Monier started the scoring with a single through the left side of the infield. This was followed by three more singles, which boosted Cuba’s offense and brought both Monier and Yuri Fernandez home.
Fernandez had three hits and was responsible for all three of the team’s runs
After that, Cuba took a 6-0 lead thanks to a triple by Bryan Gonzalez, a double by Christian Rodriguez, and a double by Dany Oramas with two RBIs. These three hits combined to drive in four runs.
In the fifth inning, Fernandez hit another triple to right field, and thanks to Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly, he was able to score his third run of the game, which brought the score to 7-0 in favor of the home team.
Cuba scored two more runs before the end of the game, bringing their final score to 9-0. In the last two innings, their relievers Oscar Hernandez and Alex Guerra combined for five strikeouts, while the pitcher for South Africa, White, went the distance and pitched a complete game over the course of six innings.
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