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Silva Shines in Round 2 WBC Start Saturday, March 14, 2009

Posted by mrgenre in Mariners.
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Round 2 began today with a hot Venezuelan squad taking on the surprising Dutch who have emerged as a dark horse in the World Baseball Classic this year after knocking the Dominicans completely out of the tournament in Round 1.

Fortunately, despite it not being a typically high-scoring affair for Venezuela, Mariner Carlos Silva kept a tight lid on what have been mediocre bats so far this week for the Netherlands.  Even so, Silva was in great form striking out 4 and surrendering only 4 hits and a run in 7 innings of work.  Silva threw just under the 85 pitch maximum (79), which means he won’t be eligible to pitch again until the next round if Venezuela is fortunate enough to finish on top of Pool 2.

As for the other Mariners involved in today’s match, Jose Lopez and Endy Chavez managed hits, but almost anything in comparison to their performances in Round 1 look a bit mediocre.  Lopez provided some insurance in the 8th with a solo homerun, and Chavez led things off in style by tripling and scoring in his first at bat.

And despite his stated goal of using this tournament to impress the new Mariner coaching staff, Dutchman Greg Halman repeated his previous tendency to strike out in almost every at bat, going 2 for 2 in that endeavor and leaving one man on.  At least the Netherlands gave him another chance to start.  He has now struck out 9 times in 11 at bats and is hitting .091 in the Classic.  Don’t believe the MLB.com press on this guy (link above)… Just note how they expertly avoid mentioning all those strikeouts…

The Netherlands will take on the loser of today’s U.S./Puerto Rico game and Venezuela gets a day off to take on the winner Monday evening.

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