2005 Baseball World Cup
The 2005 Baseball World Cup was won by Cuba, the 9th consecutive Baseball World Cup won by that country. Held in The Netherlands, the tournament was seen by over 135,000 fans. The home country had its best showing ever in the tourney, finishing fourth and the Dutch team made the semifinals for the first time in history.
- Australia, managed by Jon Deeble, had done okay with a 4-4 record. Trent D'Antonio (.556/.556/1.111) and Brendan Kingman (.429/.500/.476) were the top hitters while Luke Hughes went just 1 for 15. Paul Mildren (1-0, 1.46) and Adam Bright (1-0, 1.50) led the staff.
- Brazil, managed by Mitsuyoshi Sato, had picked up a couple wins and had an All-Tourney player in CF Tiago Magalhaes (.414/.500/.621). DH Renan Sato hit .375/.400/.625 to also provide some punch.
- Canada, managed by Jim Baba, hit .322, second only to Cuba, but poor defense hurt and their pitching could not compete with the top four teams in their pool. Leading the fine offense was 1B-DH Joey Votto, who hit .333/.371/.833 with 10 runs, 5 home runs (second in the tourney) and 16 RBI.
- People's Republic of China, managed by Jim Lefebvre, almost got to a .500 mark. Zhe Chen batted .375/.444/.542 to lead the offense, while Jiangang Lu (1-1, 2.25) was the top pitcher. Jianwang Zhang allowed 13 runs in 3 2/3 IP.
- Colombia, managed by Jhonny Pantoja, was led by OF Hamilton Sarabia (.333/.484/.542, 6 R) and Roque Roman (1-1, 2.51). Jhon Silva (0-1, 27.00) was one of four hurlers with ERAs over 9 and several players hit .100 or lower.
- Cuba, managed by Higinio Vélez, lived up to their pre-tourney status as favorites, outscoring opponents almost 5 to 1. Among the stars were MVP Eduardo Paret (.632/.714/1.105, 12 R, 8 SB), home run leader Yulieski Gourriel (.319/.385/.894, 8 HR, 12 R, 19 RBI), RBI leader Michel Enriquez (.500/.558/.739, 20 RBI), Pedro Luis Lazo (2-0, 2 Sv, 0.54, 27 K, 1 BB, 7 H in 16 2/3 IP) and Ormari Romero (0 R, 4 H, 10 K in 8 IP, 1-0).
- Czech Republic, managed by Arnost Nesnal, slugged only .196 as a team, scored the fewest runs and allowed the most. They tied with Sweden with fewest homers (0) and were second in errors (20). LHP Michal Kočí had a 1.80 ERA while pitching in every game, one of their few bright spots.
- Japan, managed by Yasuhiko Sugimoto, was second to Cuba in fewest runs allowed (25) and made just three errors, half of Cuba's total. C Tsutomu Takanezawa (.375/.448/.875, 4 HR, 6 R, 8 RBI) and OF Keiji Ikebe (.333/.463/.758, 4 HR, 11 R, 10 RBI) guided the offensive onslaught, while the pitching was anchored by Shinsuke Saito (3-0, 0.82), one of four hurlers with ERAs under 1.
- Netherlands, managed by Robert Eenhoorn, scored 97 runs, two less than tournament leader Cuba. OF Danny Rombley hit .500/.609/.778 with 9 runs and 1B Percy Isenia batted .289/.400/.632 with 7 doubles, 11 runs and 8 RBI. OF Eugene Kingsale (.250/.327/.292) scored 14 while C-DH Sidney de Jong (.289/.449/.474) drove in 17, third in the Tournament. Dave Draijer allowed no runs in 6 2/3 relief innings, saving one game, while Diegomar Markwell (2.01) tied for the tourney lead with a 3-0 record.
- Nicaragua, managed by Jorge Fuentes, went 6-2 to tie for second in pool B with a big rout of the USA, but lost games in the quarterfinals and 5th-round game for a sixth-place finish. OF Anibal Vega hit .370/.481/.553 with 10 walks, while Jenrry Roa hit .457/.483/.543 with 12 RBI and was second in the tournament in average. Oswaldo Mairena (1-1, 1 Sv, 1.69) and Olman Rostran (0-1, 1.80) were the ace pitchers.
- Panama, managed by Karl Heron, took home the bronze medal despite a slight +8 edge in run differential (65-57). OF Freddy Herrera (.389/.476/.639, 10 R, 10 RBI) made the All-Tournament team while 1B Audes de Leon also hit well (.368/.467/.526, 9 R, 8 RBI). Ramon Ramirez (2-0, 1.13, 20 K, 10 H in 16 IP) and Miguel Gomez (2-0, 3 Sv, 0.49) provided excellent pitching.
- Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, managed by Bert Pena, went 6-5 despite being outscored overall, 60-56. They finished 8th overall. Ex-major leaguer Angel Echevarria hit a horrid .083/.241/.125 as the weak link on a decent offense. Randy Ruiz (.346/.452/.654), CF Jesus Feliciano (.378/.410/.649, 10 R, 9 RBI) and Edwards Guzman (.343/.375/.543) led the offense. Orlando Roman (2-0, 0.50) was their clear top starter as 4 pitchers had ERAs over 8.
- South Africa, managed by Angelo Couvaras, was 15th in offense (2 runs ahead of the last-place Czechs) and 14th in pitching/defense for the 0-8 team. Warren Herman hit .353/.389/.353, while Carl Michaels (0-2, 2.74) was the staff ace; 11 of their 14 pitchers had ERAs over 7.
- South Korea, managed by Jung-Taik Kim, was a surprise second-place finisher as their run differential for the tourney was just +17, less then Canada, Nicaragua, Japan, the Netherlands, Cuba and the USA, putting them 7th in the 16-team field. Sang-hyeon Kim batted .393/.433/.714, but the strength was their staff, which had 6 of 9 hurlers with ERAs under 2. Dae-woo Kim (1-1, 0.00, 7 H, 18 K in 15 1/3 IP) led the tournament in ERA, followed by Sung-kwui Yun (1-0, 0.00, 1 H, 11 K in 9 IP).
- Spain, managed by Jake Molina, went 2-6 and was outscored 61-32, but was not awful in any one area. Dewis Navarro (.313/.476/.688) led the offense, while Carlos Ros (2-0, 3.00) got both their wins.
- Sweden, managed by Peter Schöön, managed one win and was outscored 88-22. They allowed the second-most runs, better only than the Czech Republic, giving up 11 per game. They also led the Cup tournament with 24 errors and their .918 team fielding percentage was the lowest. Eight of their 11 pitchers had ERAs over nine.
- Chinese Taipei, managed by Chih-Shien Yeh, slugged .500 as a team and outscored their opponents by 9, yet had a losing record. OF Chun-Yu Kuo (.370/.425/.815) blasted four home runs, third in the tournament, scored 7 and drove home 9. Ying-Feng Tsai (1-1, 1.88) was their top pitcher.
- United States, managed by Davey Johnson, was 4th in offense but hampered by a weaker pitching staff in the worst finish by an American team in the Cup since they had begun using minor leaguers. 3B Mike Cervenak (.368/.455/.816, 12 R, 4 HR) was the star on offense, while Jared Wells (2-0, 1.64) led the staff. Brian Bannister (1-2, 9.69) did not look like the ace he was expected to be.
Game 1 in Neptunus Familiestadion
|Win: Cordemans (1-0) Loss: Wang (0-1)|
The tournament began with an easy matchup for the hosting team. 2B Michael Duursma (3 for 4, BB, 3 R) and 3B Ivanon Coffie (3 for 5, 4 RBI, 2B, HR) led the Dutch offense while Rob Cordemans allowed one run in five in the mismatch.
Game 2 in Neptunus Familiestadion
|Win: Bergman (1-0) Loss: Vesterlund (0-1)|
Game 3 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Palma (1-0) Loss: Brandt (0-1)|
3B Yulieski Gourriel homered twice, drove in five and scored three to pace Cuba in their first game to defend their title.
Game 4 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Medina (1-0) Loss: Kim (0-1) Save: Gomez (1)|
The tourney's ERA leader Dae-woo Kim was knocked out in the second inning, allowing three unearned runs thanks to an error by SS Yeun-hun Kim. 2B Jaime Jaen went 3 for 5 with a home run to lead the Panamanian offense while Rafael Medina and Miguel Gomez combined on the five-hitter.
Game 5 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Zhao (1-0) Loss: Sakane (0-1)|
In a heart-breaker for Brazil, they scored for the first time in 9 innings when they got one across in the 15th, only to have Márcio Sakane allow two in the bottom of the inning after 5 scoreless relief innings. Brazilian DH Renan Sato went 4 for 7 with 2 runs and 3 RBI and was a double shy of a cycle.
Game 6 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Tsai (1-0) Loss: Prochazka (0-1)|
In another mismatch, 2B Yung-Chi Chen led the Taiwanese offense by going 3 for 5 with 2 runs and an RBI, while three hurlers combined to two-hit the Czech team. The Czech outfit was hampered by bad play on all ends, especially on defense, where 7 players combined to make 8 errors.
Game 7 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Stephens (1-0) Loss: Matos (0-1)|
While Australia got fewer hits, they had a balanced attack to piece together three runs in the fifth, enough of a cushion as John Stephens allowed no runs through 7 and Adrian Burnside pitched a scoreless 8th before the Puerto Ricans tagged Phil Stockman for two late home runs.
Game 8 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Saito (1-0) Loss: Magallon (0-1)|
Game 9 in Neptunus Familiestadion
|Win: Markwell (1-0) Loss: Lee (0-1)|
The South Koreans dropped their second in a row when reliever Dae-hwan Lee allowed 4 runs in one inning of relief, walking three. It was a balanced attack by the Netherlands, with DH Sidney de Jong and backup LF Danny Rombley each driving in two in the contest. Diegomar Markwell had a solid game, allowing five hits and two runs in 7 innings, to pick up the victory.
Game 10 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Vianna (1-0) Loss: Michaels (0-1) Save: Miyamoto (1)|
Game 11 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Arroyo (1-0) Loss: Sakamoto (0-1) Save: Alberro (1)|
Three batters into the bottom of the first, RF Edgar Velazquez hit a three-run homer which would leave Japan trying to come back all day long. They kept stranding runners, though, and Puerto Rico tacked on a couple more to emerge with a 5-4 win. Japanese LF Keiji Ikebe went 3 for 5 with a run to lead their team.
Game 12 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Mathieson (1-0) Loss: Hoglund (0-1)|
Game 13 in Neptunus Familiestadion
|Win: Ros (1-0) Loss: Kubat (0-1) Save: Belmonte (1)|
Spain scored almost half of the 32 runs they would muster over 8 games in this one contest, with a fine team effort smacking away at the Czech pitchers. Czech starter Leos Kubat, who has pitched in the Hoofdklasse Honkbal, was roughed up for 9 runs in 3 innings.
Game 14 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Lazo (1-0) Loss: Bethancourt (0-1)|
A two-run homer by Panamanian DH Earl Agnoly in the 4th had the Cubans trailing entering the sixth, but they rallied late to win handily. SS Eduardo Paret homered, doubled twice and singled in five at-bats, scoring two runs and driving in three to lead the Cuban comeback, while Pedro Luis Lazo pitched five scorless relief innings, striking out eight.
Game 15 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Hansack (1-0) Loss: Lindsay (0-1) (1) Save: Mairena (1)|
Devern Hansack and Oswaldo Mairena combined to shutout the Aussies and struck out 9 in the win for the Nicaraguans. Catcher Marlon Abea's 2-run homer provided all of the day's offense in the second inning.
Game 16 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Bannister (1-0) Loss: Silva (0-1)|
The USA started quickly, scoring six in the first, and never looked back in their first contest. 3B Mike Cervenak went 2 for 3 with a homer, 4 runs and 3 RBI while 1B Bryan LaHair went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI and two doubles.
Game 17 in Neptunus Familiestadion
|Win: Takeda (1-0) Loss: Toufar (0-1)|
The Japanese team had the biggest rout of the tourney to this point as 11 different players scored for them. Starter Masaru Takeda allowed one hit and had 11 strikeouts in five innings, while LF Keiji Ikebe went 3 for 4 with a walk, 4 runs and 3 RBI, finishing a triple shy of a cycle.
Game 18 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Tseng (1-0) Loss: Magallon (0-2)|
Game 19 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: O.Roman (1-0) Loss: Roman (0-1)|
Both clubs used starters named Roman, but the outcome was very different. Orlando Roman tossed a shutout and whiffed 7 while Roque Roman allowed 6 runs in five innings. CF Jesus Feliciano went 3 for 5 with a double, two runs and an RBI to spark the Puerto Rican charge.
Game 20 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: S. Lee (1-0) Loss: Ogiltree (0-1) Save: D. Lee (1)|
Canadian cleanup hitter and 1B Joey Votto went 3 for 4 with two homers and 4 RBI but was matched by South Korean 1B Jung-kwon Park, who homered twice in three at-bats and drove in five and Korea pulled out a 7-6 win after starting the tourney with back-to-back defeats.
Game 21 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Gonzalez (1-0) Loss: Maciel (0-1) Save: Betancourt (1)|
No one player stood out for the Cubans as they won another game easily.
Game 22 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Haines (1-0) Loss: Burnside (0-1) Save: Mobley (1)|
A back-and-forth affair so Australia match the Americans every time they scored except for the last - superior power by the USA proved the edge in a 4-1 difference in homers. DH Bryan LaHair homered twice, while Australia was led by their DH, Brett Roneberg (2 for 3, a walk, 2 runs, a homer).
Game 23 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Lu (1-0) Loss: Smith (0-1)|
1B Zhe Chen, hitting 9th, went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a walk and 3 RBI while China used a balanced offense and fine pitching to cruise past South Africa.
Game 24 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Ramirez (1-0) Loss: Tisell (0-1)|
Game 25 in Neptunus Familiestadion
|Win: Montieth (1-0) Loss: Eriksson (0-1)|
Game 26 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Wideman (1-0) Loss: Mauritz (0-1)|
Game 27 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Doi (1-0) Loss: Rojano (0-1)|
2B Daisuke Kusano drove in five and was a triple shy of a cycle while Yoshikazu Doi hurled a four-hit shutout for the Japanese club as three of the four afternoon games of September 6 ended with victory margins of 10 or more.
Game 28 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Diaz (1-0) Loss: Chen (0-1) Save: Villegas (1)|
Chun-Yu Kuo smacked a 3-run homer and 2B Yung-Chi Chen hit a solo shot for the Taiwanese club to put them ahead 4-3 entering the 7th but Puerto Rico RF Edgar Velazquez hit a 3-run jack of his own to give the Puerto Rican club a close win. 3B Edwards Guzman went 2 for 4 with a homer for Puerto Rico as well.
Game 29 in Neptunus Familiestadion
|Win: Gonzalez (1-0) Loss: Wang (0-2) Save: Gomez (2)|
Game 30 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Beljaards (1-0) Loss: Imai (0-1)|
Game 31 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Wells (1-0) Loss: Olivera (0-1)|
Game 32 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Raudez (1-0) Loss: Budsky (0-1) Save: Sevilla (1)|
The Czechs played their closest game in a tough competition against a strong Nicaraguan club. The game's only run came on a 4th-inning homer by Anibal Vega, the Nicaraguan left fielder. Nicaragua got a gem from Julio Raudez, who had lost his father less than a month prior.
Game 33 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Murillo (1-0) Loss: Belmonte (0-1)|
DH Jenrry Roa went 3 for 5 with two RBI and a run as the Nicaraguans again struggled with a low-rated opponent.
Game 34 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Michalak (1-0) Loss: Matos (0-2)|
The US got outhomered 4-1 this time, but made up for it by drawing 3 more walks (9-6) and hitting five more doubles. RF Chris Latham (2 for 3, BB, SB, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR) and C Rob Johnson (2 doubles, 4 RBI) led the offense for the Americans.
Game 35 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Betancourt (1-0) Loss: Zhao (1-1)|
In a surprisingly close game, China did a good job against the Cuban hurlers with 2B Guangbiao Liu and C Yi Feng each going 3 for 4. Feng doubled, tripled, scored twice and drove home two. Cuba DH Michel Enriquez went 4 for 6 with a home run and five RBI to help his club remain unbeaten.
Game 36 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Isomura (1-0) Loss: Huang (0-1)|
Japan used a well-rounded offensive effort to stop another Asian outfit in this game.
Game 37 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Smit (1-0) Loss: Dancer (0-1)|
Four Dutch players scored three times, while DH Sharnol Adriana drove in six runs as the home team shredded the South Africans.
Game 38 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Herrera (1-0) Loss: Alexander (0-1)|
Bad defense (5 errors, 6 unearned runs) and bad pitching cost the Canadians as Panama put this one away early. The Panamanians had four players with three hits. 1B Audes de Leon drove in four and scored twice for the victors.
Game 39 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Bright (1-0) Loss: Homolka (0-1)|
Backup catcher Trent D'Antonio singled, doubled, homered, scored three and drove in three and the Aussies kept the Czech bats in check in an easy win.
Game 40 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Yun (1-0) Loss: Matumoto (0-1) Save: Choi (1)|
Game 41 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Sanchez (1-0) Loss: Caballero (0-1)|
3B Norman Cardoze homered and drove in five to help the Nicaraguans in their rout of Colombia in the only game of the day.
Game 42 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Mairena (1-0) Loss: Bannister (1-1)|
Former Florida Marlins reliever Oswaldo Mairena shut down the US bats except for a two-run homer by Lastings Milledge in the 7th. Meanwhile, Brian Bannister and several relievers were lit up by the Nicaraguans in what would be a major loss for the American chances. Four Nicaraguans had 3 hits, including 2B Ronald Garth, who doubled, homered, walked, scored two and drove in two.
Game 43 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Arroyo (2-0) Loss: Bokaj (0-1)|
SS Luis Figueroa went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and four runs, stole two bases, hit a double and turned three double plays as the star in Puerto Rico's 11-1 win.
Game 44 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: R. Roman (1-1) Loss: Tsai (1-1)|
In their only win against a team other than the Czechs, the Colombians eked out a win over Taiwan thanks to the fine pitching of Roque Roman, who struck out nine in a complete game win.
Game 45 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Takasaki (1-0) Loss: Stephens (1-1) Save: Matsui (1)|
Australia hung in this one until the 7th, when starter John Stephens allowed the Japanese team to score two insurance runs to put this one away.
Game 46 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Palma (2-0) Loss: Seo (0-1) Save: Lazo (1)|
Pedro Luis Lazo pitched four perfect innings of relief, whiffing eight, as the South Koreans struck out 16 times altogether, overmatched by the Cuban pitchers. SS Eduardo Paret went 2 for 3 with a homer, steal, two runs and two RBI to guide the Cuban offense.
Game 47 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Markwell (2-0) Loss: Begg (0-1) Save: Draijer (1)|
Six Dutch players had at least two hits to help the hosting team overcome the Canadian team after falling behind 2-0.
Game 48 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Gomez (1-0) Loss: Maciel (0-2)|
Halfway through the game, Brazil surprisingly led 4-1, but reliever Miguel Gomez contained them over the final four, while Panama's bats came alive in the fifth. CF Tiago Magalhaes went 3 for 3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI, while DH Renan Sato had 3 hits in 4 AB and drove in four runs.
Game 49 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Lai (1-0) Loss: Leander (0-1)|
SS Yufeng Zhang homered twice and drove in four to power China past Sweden.
Game 50 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Chiang (1-0) Loss: Mackenzie (0-1)|
CF Chun-Yu Kuo had another fine game, going 4 for 5 to lead a strong Taiwanese attack in this game.
Game 51 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Ros (2-0) Loss: Rojano (0-2)|
Game 52 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Gonzalez (2-0) Loss: Mathieson (1-1)|
Future Philadelphia Phillies hurler Scott Mathieson held Cuba scoreless for four, but then was tagged for seven over the next inning-plus, while Yulieski González held Canada to one hit in five and Norberto González tossed four scoreless to seal the deal. With Paret out with injury, 3B Yuliesky Gourriel went 2 for 4 with a home run (his sixth of the Cup) and 3 RBI.
Game 53 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Vesterlund (1-1) Loss: Armitage (0-1)|
Sweden got their only win of the Cup, easily beating Pool A's last-place South Africa. Petter Vesterlund overcame eight walks to pick up their lone victory.
Game 54 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Roman (2-0) Loss: Hansack (1-1) Save: Pizzaro (1)|
Future Boston Red Sox pitcher Devern Hansack got hit hard by Puerto Rico in the 5th, costing Nicaragua the game. CF Jesus Feliciano (2 for 4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) led the Puerto Rican offense from the leadoff slot.
Game 55 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Cordemans (2-0) Loss: Bethancourt (0-2)|
Dutch catcher Sidney de Jong went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and two runs as the leader in this win by The Netherlands.
Game 56 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Isomura (2-0) Loss: Mobley (0-1) Save: Matsui (2)|
1B Yasuyuki Saigo homered and drove in four runs as Japan squeeked by the Americans, handing the US their second straight loss as Joseph Haines and Christopher Mobley allowed four runs in 3 innings after relieving Jason Jacome. DH Dee Brown went 3 for 4 for the USA.
Game 57 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Choi (1-0) Loss: Lu (1-1) Save: D. Lee (2)|
Dae-sung Choi struck out 12 in 7 innings while allowing only two hits as South Korea won this one behind their pitching.
Game 58 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Romero (1-0) Loss: Beljaards (1-1) Save: Maya (1)|
Right fielder Osmani Urrutia drove in a couple and 1B Eriel Sánchez added a homer to give Cuba all the offense they needed in this game, as Ormari Romero handed the home team their first loss. Romero pitched seven shutout innings, striking out nine. A home run from third baseman Ivanon Coffie in the ninth was all the Dutch could muster.
Game 59 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Jang (1-0) Loss: Michaels (0-2)|
South Africa would not win in this World Cup, but this was their second one-run loss, a surprisingly competitive affair in which South Korea (the eventual runners-up) would need 13 innings to dispatch the other South. Carl Michaels worked the entire game for the South Africans, while Won-sam Jang pitched eight innings of one-hit relief, striking out 13.
Game 60 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Crowther (1-0) Loss: Wang (0-3)|
Game 61 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Matumoto (1-1) Loss: Tisell (0-2)|
Game 62 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Saito (2-0) Loss: Raudez (1-1)|
Game 63 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Villoria (1-0) Loss: Budsky (0-2)|
LF Hamilton Sarabia went 3 for 4 with a walk, four runs, two doubles, a stolen base and an RBI as Colombia walked all over the Czech team in this game.
Game 64 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Mildren (1-0) Loss: Olivera (0-2)|
Paul Mildren two-hit Spain for 7 innings, striking out 13 in a fine win. CF Trent Oeltjen was a triple shy of the cycle as he was one of two Aussies to get more hits than the entire Spanish contingent.
Game 65 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Ramirez (2-0) Loss: Ekermans (0-1)|
Ramon Ramirez tossed a complete game win over South Africa, striking out 10 for a win by the Panamanians.
Game 66 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: S. Lee (1-0) Loss: Hoglund (0-2)|
Game 67 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Murillo (2-0) Loss: Cheng (0-1)|
2B Ronald Garth (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 R, 3B), SS Oscar Mairena (3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) and two other Nicaraguans each tapped out three hits as the Central Americans easily won this contest against a hurler, Chi-Hung Cheng, who had been third in the 2005 Midwest League in ERA.
Game 68 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Wells (2-0) Loss: Prochazka (0-2) Save: Freed (1)|
The Americans failed to blow out the Pool B bottom-dwellers, who instead only lost by four in a close contest. It didn't help that US pitchers Jared Wells and Mark Freed combined to issue ten walks. SS Ben Zobrist (2 for 4, BB, SB, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) was the most effective American player offensively.
Game 69 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Gray (1-0) Loss: Miyamoto (0-1)|
Brett Gray pitched five hitless relief innings, 1B Joey Votto homered, drove in three, scored twice and reached base three times and DH Greg Morrison scored three as Canada rallied for a 12-4 win that was closer than it sounds at first glance.
Game 70 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Lindsay (1-1) Loss: Esquivia (0-1)|
Game 71 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Maldonado (1-0) Loss: Civit (0-1) Save: Alberro (2)|
Spain remarkably stuck with Puerto Rico, keeping it close all game thanks in part to the pitching of former Expos farmhand Xavier Civit. Four Puerto Ricans had multiple hits, and CF Jesus Feliciano drove in three.
Game 72 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Garcia (1-0) Loss: Kao (0-1) Save: de la Vara (1)|
Standings at the end of pool play
- Cuba 8-0 70 R, 15 RA
- Netherlands 7-1 81 R, 18 RA
- Panama 6-2 54 R, 35 RA
- South Korea 5-3 36 R, 27 RA
- Canada 4-4 63 R, 41 RA
- China 3-5 42 R, 58 RA
- Brazil 2-6 28 R, 51 RA
- Sweden 1-7 22 R, 88 RA
- South Africa 0-8 15 R, 76 RA
- Japan 7-1 73 R, 19 RA
- Nicaragua 6-2 44 R, 27 RA
- Puerto Rico 6-2 53 R, 34 RA
- USA 6-2 61 R, 31 RA
- Australia 4-4 41 R, 26 RA
- Taiwan 3-5 48 R, 39 RA
- Spain 2-6 32 R, 61 RA
- Colombia 2-6 25 R, 62 RA
- Czech Republic 0-8 13 R, 81 RA
Seeding based off of record. Tie-breaker was runs allowed in direct competition.
Game 73 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Lazo (2-0) Loss: Bannister (1-2)|
USA ace Brian Bannister allowed 7 runs in three innings of work and Pedro Luis Lazo whiffed 10 in 5 relief innings for Cuba in a 11-3 thumping of their North American rivals. 3B Yuliesky Gourriel singled twice, walked twice, homered, scored three and drove in three as the US was eliminated from medal contention.
Game 74 in Sportpark 'De Heihoef'
|Win: Choi (2-0) Loss: Sakamoto (0-2)|
In another matchup of rivals, South Korea did away with the Pool B champions in an upset.
Game 75 in Fanny Blankers Koen Sportpark
|Win: Gomez (2-0) Loss: Mairena (1-1)|
Yet another pool B team fell in a matchup of rivals. RF Freddy Herrera drove in one of Panama's runs and scored the other while 2B Jaime Jaen reached base in all four plate appearances and scored a run for Panama.
Game 76 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Markwell (3-0) Loss: Arroyo (2-1)|
Former Toronto Blue Jays farmhand Diegomar Markwell improved to 3-0 with a two-hit shutout win as every Pool B team fell to a Pool A team in the quarterfinals. After two strong outings, Luis A. Arroyo was knocked about for six runs in 2+ innings. 2B Michael Duursma (2 for 3, BB) scored three, C Sidney de Jong (2 for 4, BB) drove in four, CF Eugene Kingsale went 3 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI and both DH Sharnol Adriana and 1B Percy Isenia homered as the Dutch team put on a show for the home crowd and made the semifinals for the first time ever.
Semifinals and mop-up games
The USA forfeited to Nicaragua due to wet field conditions.
Game 77 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Saito (3-0) Loss: Matos (0-3) Save: Doi (1)|
1B Masanori Tanaka drove in three and was a home run shy of a cycle in Japan's easy win to move into the 5th-place game as Puerto Rico fell into the 7th-place game against the US.
Game 78 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Y. Gonzalez (3-0) Loss: J. Gonzalez (1-1)|
DH Michel Enriquez went 4 for 5 with 5 RBI, a double and a run, while Panama's lone bright spot was 1B Audes de Leon, who homered, singled, walked and scored both of their runs. Cuba advanced to the finals for the 9th straight year. The game was marred by bench-clearing brawls following hit batsmen.
Game 79 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Kim (1-1) Loss: Cordemans (2-1)|
Dae-woo Kim allowed only two hits and three walks in 8, striking out eight, to spoil the hopes of the home fans. 4-time Hoofdklasse Pitcher of the Year Rob Cordemans allowed 7 hits and 4 runs in two innings. Six Koreans batters had multiple hits as they avenged their loss to the Dutch in pool play.
Game 80 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Garcia (2-0) Loss: Maldonado (1-1)|
In the seventh-place game, 3B Michael Cervenak was a triple short of a cycle and scored three times. The Americans still had their worst finish since they had begun using minor leaguers in 1999.
Game 81 in Sportpark Ookmeer
|Win: Matsui (1-0) Loss: Rostran (0-1)|
In the fifth-place game, LF Keiji Ikebe drove in three as Japan used a strong fifth inning and good pitching to finish 9-2 on the tournament, the one loss coming when they could least afford it, in the quarterfinals.
Game 82 in Pim Mulier Stadium
|Win: Medina (2-0) Loss: Beljaards (1-2) Save: Gomez (3)|
The Netherlands just missed a medal for the first time ever, when starter Patrick Beljaards and reliever Robin van Doornspeek crumbled in the fifth. 1B Audes de Leon went 3 for 4 with a run and RBI for Panama while Miguel Gomez kept the Dutch team one run away for the final three innings. Sharnol Adriana went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and a homer for the losing team.
Game 83 in Neptunus Family Stadium
|Win: Betancourt (2-0) Loss: Choi (2-1) Save: Lazo (2)|
Dany Betancourt and Pedro Luis Lazo combined on a 4-hit, 9-strikeout effort to give Cuba its 9th straight World Cup title and 12th in the past 13. No hitter had a particularly good game for Cuba, but they didn't have to, with how the pitching went.
Leaders and Awards
MVP: Eduardo Paret, Cuba
Best Defense: Dirk van 't Klooster, Netherlands
- Average: Michel Enriquez, Cuba .500
- Home Runs: Yulieski Gourriel, Cuba 8
- RBI: Michel Enriquez, Cuba 20
- Stolen Bases: Eduardo Paret, Cuba 8
- Strikeouts: Dae-sung Choi, South Korea 37
- Wins: Shinsuke Saito, Japan; Diegomar Markwell, Netherlands; Yulieski Gonzalez, Cuba 3
- ERA: Dae-woo Kim 0 ER, 15 IP
- C: Tsutomu Takenezawa, Japan (.375/.448/.875, 4 HR, 6 R, 8 RBI)
- 1B: Percy Isenia, Netherlands (.289/.400/.632, 7 2B, 11 R, 8 RBI)
- 2B: Yung-Chi Chen, Taiwan (.438/.471/.656, 6 R, 6 RBI)
- SS: Eduardo Paret, Cuba (.632/.714/1.105, 8 SB, 12 R)
- 3B: Yulieski Gourriel, Cuba (.319/.385/.894, 8 HR, 12 R, 19 RBI)
- OF: Freddy Herrera, Panama (.389/.476/.639, 10 R, 10 RBI)
- OF: Danny Rombley, Netherlands (.500/.609/.778, 9 R)
- OF: Tiago Magalhaes, Brazil (.414/.500/.621)
- DH: Joey Votto, Canada (.333/.371/.833, 5 HR, 10 R, 16 RBI)
- RHP: Pedro Luis Lazo, Cuba (2-0, 2 Sv, 0.54, 27 K, 1 BB, 7 H in 16 2/3 IP)
- LHP: Diegomar Markwell, Netherlands (3-0, 2.01)
Defunct 2005 Baseball World Cup site, 2006 Baseball Almanac.