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Thursday, November 15, 2012

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC NOV. QUALIFIERS NIGHT 2

Results as of 3:50 PM Thursday:
Philippines 8, Thailand 2
Taipei 10, New Zealand 0 (7 innings, mercy)

Tonight/Tomorrow Morning:
8:00 PM- Nicaragua vs. Colombia
10:30- Thailand vs. NZ
5:30 tomorrow morning: Philippines vs. Taipei

All games streaming on worldbaseballclassic.com

Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM | 61 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM (#4303806)
Er, excuse me, it's actually Brazil vs. Panama at 8. Whoops. And it can be found here: http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/video/play.jsp?c_id=wbc&content_id=25484773&topic_id=38613768
   2. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4303814)
Err, here
   3. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM (#4303872)
A) The Panamanians like noisemakers.
B) Panama's national stadium appears to have even more foul territory than Oakland.


Panama leads 1-0 as Jose Macias drives in Ruben Rivera. Yeah, you read that right.
   4. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4303880)
Rienzo with a look-what-I-found grab of a line drive for an inning-ending DP for Brazil. Could have been a lot worse than 1 run.

-- MWE
   5. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM (#4303887)
Ah, yes, the rare 1-5 DP.
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:06 PM (#4303888)
Nice defense by Rivera there. Not.

-- MWE
   7. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:08 PM (#4303889)
Brazil stops Espino from having a SHUTDOWN INNING. All tied at 1.
   8. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4303890)
Triple by Orlando, RBI single by Reginatto ties it for Brazil.

-- MWE
   9. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4303891)
Who's in the booth for this game?
   10. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4303893)
Who's in the booth for this game?


Uhm, I know it's Jose Mota who is the color commentator.
   11. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4303894)
I'll say this: Brazil is nothing if not aggressive.

-- MWE
   12. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:14 PM (#4303897)
Cool. I'd like to see Brazil have a good game. Gomes was not appalling for the Jays last year, given he should never have been called up in the first place.
   13. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:15 PM (#4303898)
If Brazil were to somehow win this pool (highly unlikely, but they ARE the best of the "worst" teams), someone has to force one of the players to become mononymic, like Pele or Nene.
   14. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:15 PM (#4303899)
Quick hook for Espino after 53 pitches. Lefty Angel Cuan in for Panama.

-- MWE
   15. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM (#4303901)
Quick hook for Espino after 53 pitches.


Pitch count. Taking him out that earlier will allow them to use him later in the tourney.
   16. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM (#4303902)
Panama's obviously the favorite, but Brazil's playing surprisingly well so far. If Matsumoto could have hung onto a pickoff throw Panama might not have scored.

-- MWE
   17. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM (#4303903)
Off of El Caballo, Brazil has the lead!
   18. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:20 PM (#4303904)
Pitch count. Taking him out that earlier will allow them to use him later in the tourney.


Yeah, I knew that. Mota quoted Kelly as being concerned about his pitching - sounds like he's going to be using guys early and often.

Lee drops a throw he should have caught, giving Brazil a gift run and a 2-1 lead after 2 1/2.

-- MWE
   19. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:22 PM (#4303906)
However, I'm guessing Rienzo will get burned in this game. Panama's goal is qualifying, but Brazil would be glad just to win a game... rest would be gravy.
   20. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:22 PM (#4303907)
Loving the mid-inning ambiance.
   21. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:24 PM (#4303910)
Looks like a good crowd. Seems like only the farthest part of the right field seats and parts of the VIP seats are empty.
   22. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM (#4303911)
Awesome, swapping the LF & RF...
   23. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:29 PM (#4303912)
Panama ties it at 2 with a display of small ball. Single by Velasquez, SB, WP, SF.

-- MWE
   24. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:31 PM (#4303913)
Gomes was not appalling for the Jays last year, given he should never have been called up in the first place.


Gomes has some talent, although I don't know that he's a catcher. I can see him having a decent career as a utility player who can also catch.

-- MWE
   25. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:31 PM (#4303914)
Wish we had a better view of the warm-up pitches.
   26. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:32 PM (#4303915)
I can see him having a decent career as a utility player who can also catch.


Yeah, I get that vibe too from what I've seen and heard of him. One of those guys who can play anywhere.
   27. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4303916)
I can see him having a decent career as a utility player who can also catch.


Concur. I think that could be pretty valuable for the right team.

Wayne Randazzo.
   28. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:37 PM (#4303918)
I heard somewhere that every team in these qualifiers is given at least a $200,000 infusion of cash from MLB. Can't emphasize how important that is, especially for the countries where baseball isn't a big sport. A lot of baseball federations lost funding from governments and olympic committees after it was dropped from Olympics. WBCQ money literally is a gift from heaven for some of these teams- although not necessarily any in this pool.
   29. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM (#4303919)
Cuan coming out to save him for the future. I think a 20+ pitch means he only would miss one day, and since Panama has an off-day tomorrow...
   30. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM (#4303920)
Panama to the pen again. Ernesto Silva comes on.

-- MWE
   31. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:40 PM (#4303922)
I want to see the catcher in those warm-up pitches too, please.
   32. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM (#4303924)
I think Baseball Canada could use an extra 200 grand.
   33. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM (#4303925)
Balk.
   34. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:43 PM (#4303927)
That could be big. Well, it would have been big if he didn't strike out Orlando there.
   35. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4303930)
Lot of Nike shirts in this crowd :)

-- MWE
   36. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:46 PM (#4303933)
Do not wave your flag in front of your girl's face.
   37. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:48 PM (#4303934)
Nice timing on that catch.
   38. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM (#4303939)
Rienzo isn't going to be long for this game. He's getting up in pitches and, well, Panama is threatening big.
   39. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM (#4303940)
Einar Diaz!
   40. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4303942)
Rienzo looks tired. That ball by Castillo barely stays in the park. I think he's done at 77 pitches.

-- MWE

EDIT: He has to come out after 85.
   41. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4303944)
Yup. Thanks Brazil, but this is probably it.
   42. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:57 PM (#4303945)
Yes, highest limit in qualifiers is 85 or whatever is needed to finish the batter you hit 85 at.
   43. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 09:58 PM (#4303946)
Noris Chacon on after a 4-pitch walk loads the bases with 2 outs. Chacon is a 40-YO righty.

-- MWE
   44. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM (#4303947)
Brazil escapes!
   45. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM (#4303948)
Huh. The big boy gets the out.
   46. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4303949)
One pitch and the fourth ends, still tied at 2.

By the way, in doing some research on Brazil I came across this. Didn't remember that Brazil came within an eyelash of knocking off Cuba in the 2003 World Cup.

-- MWE

   47. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM (#4303952)
I'll watch the rest of this in the morning, it's been a long day...

-- MWE
   48. 'Spos stares out the window, waits for spring Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:05 PM (#4303955)
I'm out too. Night, GB.
   49. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM (#4303956)
I seem to remember that in the last Baseball World Cup, when it was held in Panama, it did rain every damn day. It did a number on the tourney's attendance.
   50. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM (#4303957)
Goodnight Spos, Emeigh. I'll probably be lurking around here some more..
   51. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM (#4303960)
That was crazy. Crazy. Base-hit gives Brazil the lead, then some attempts at fancy baserunning led Gomes to get struck down at home.
   52. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM (#4303967)
7th inning and the Brazilians still lead. Murilo Gouvea has been perfect.
   53. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM (#4303994)
In the Bottom of the 8th. Chooch on Second, El Caballo on first. Gouvea being pulled. College Pitcher (Utah Utes) Kesley Kondo coming in.
   54. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM (#4303996)
Fielder's choice. Runners at the corners. BTW, Ruiz was pinch-run by somebody.
   55. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM (#4303997)
Brazil gets out of it, the College kid got out of it! Brazil still leads 3-2 after 8!
   56. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM (#4304001)
Brazil is three outs away. Bottom 3 due up for Panama.
   57. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM (#4304008)
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL! Brazil wins! The biggest upset since the Honkballing Dutch took out the Dominican!
   58. OsunaSakata Posted: November 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM (#4304011)
Kiwis ahead of Thailand 6-0 in the 3rd inning.
   59. Gamingboy Posted: November 15, 2012 at 11:52 PM (#4304018)
That game can be found here. But even I have limits, so I'm going to sleep.
   60. RollingWave Posted: November 16, 2012 at 01:09 AM (#4304042)
Guess 1 MLBer isn't gonna turn the tide for Thailand not surprisingly, Taiwan is almost surely gonna cruise here seeing that they have both homefield and is generally at a whole different level, the real question for them was always if they could win a few games in March.
   61. OsunaSakata Posted: November 16, 2012 at 06:40 AM (#4304060)
Johnny Damon may have played his last competitive game. Unless you count future Yankees Old-Timers games. Tim Lincecum and Jason Bartlett could have played for the Philippines.

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