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Mariners WBC Coverage: Pools A-B Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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As two pools have come to a close for our Mariner elite, and the rest of the world is astonished by some of the results so far, the World Baseball Classic continues to get little press in the United States.  I was amazed to discover that even ESPN had neglected to update the results of yesterday’s games on their site as of about 6 AM Eastern Time this morning, which just goes to show how little interest this amazing series is generating so far.  However, I thought I would take a moment to at least analyze 3 Mariners’  performances through most of round one.

Japan 4, China 0, Pool A Game 1:

  Ichiro went hitless in 5 at bats, leaving 5 stranded on base while Kenji managed a walk in 4 plate appearances in Japan’s domination over a weak Chinese squad.

Japan 14, Korea 2, Pool A Game 4:

  Ichiro finally managed to look like his old self in Japan’s slaughter last Saturday going 3 for 5 with 3 runs.  And Kenji was dominant as well, going 3 for 4 with a homerun, 3 runs total and 2 RBIs, not to mention calling another well-pitched game for Japan.

Japan 0, Korea 1, Pool A Game 6:

  Despite playing so well in their first two games, Japan actually lost the pool after being shut out by Korea Monday.  Ichiro managed another hit in 4 at bats and Kenji jumped his average up to an even .500 after going 2 for 3.  On to Round 2 for Japan (double elimination tourney sends the top two teams from each pool to the next round).

South Africa 1, Cuba 8, Pool B Game 1:

  Anthony Phillips managed one of South Africa’s four hits batting leadoff in Cuba’s trounce over them in their first game.

South Africa 3, Mexico 14, Pool B Game 3:

  Phillips was again asked to lead off and play short for South Africa, gaining another hit and RBI in a tough 2-out situation.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to see South Africa eliminated from the tourney.

 

And as Pools C & D finish up, I’ll post on the remaining 8 Mariners’ performances through the first round.

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