The Netherlands win the IBAF World Cup

world baseball cupThe Netherlands upset the favorite Cuba by winning 2-1 the final game of the 2011 Baseball World Cup at the Rod Carew stadium in Panama yesterday. Veteran pitcher Rob Cordemans threw a gem (7.1 IP, 6 K, BB, only two hits and an ER) claiming the win. He was relieved by Reds’ farmhand Juan Carlos Sulbaran in the eight inning, then David Bergman pitched the last two thirds of the ninth inning for the save. Lefty Yulieski Gonzalez suffered the loss for Cuba. It’s the first time an European team wins the World Cup. The Dutch team was comprised by some affiliated ballplayers such as pitchers Shairon Martis (Nats/AA level with big league experience), Tom Stuifbergen (Twins/A Adv.), Juan C. Sulbaran (Reds/A. Adv.), IFs Sharlon Schoop (Giants/AA), Jon Schoop (Orioles/A Adv.) and Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox/A), OF Kalian Sams (Mariners/A Adv.) and by others with experience in the U.S. minors or in international competitions. Outfielder Curt Smith, released by the Cardinals at the end of spring training this year, was named the MVP of the tournament by driving in 13 runs (tied first with Fernando Seguignol) and scoring 12 (second to former big leaguer Jose Macias).  

All Star Team:

Starting Pitcher: Hyoun Taek Oh (KOR)
Relief Pitcher: Yadier Pedroso (CUB)
Catcher: Damaso Espino (PAN)
First Baseman: Jose Abreu (CUB)
Second Baseman: Joe Thurston (USA)
Third Baseman: Chang Min Mo (KOR)
Shortstop: Jonathan Malo (CAN)
Outfielder: Rusney Castillo (CUB)
Outfielder: Tom Brice (AUS)
Outfielder: Conception Rodriguez (PAN)
Designated Hitter: Fernando Seguinol (PAN)

Outstanding Defensive Player: Yuliesky Gourriel (CUB)
Most Valuable Player: Curt Smith (NED)

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