Cubs in the WBC, Day 2

Posted by Lionel on March 8, 2009.

OK, so it's technically Day 3 of the WBC, but Chinese Taipei was the only team in action with a Cubs player, and he didn't log any PT. So, we're making Saturday Day 2 of the WBC, and now we're officially underway with a whole host of action.

Chinese Taipei played their second game before any teams east of the Pacific played one. And they we're also eliminated before any of those teams played. Hung-Wen Chen did not see any action in either of the two games, but neither did half of the Taipei pitchers. Maybe sitting Chen is the reason they went 0 for 2.

The Dominican Republic took a huge shot to the chin in a loss to the Netherlands. Carlos Marmol (missing from TD's WBC Roster post because he said he wasn't playing at that time) came in in the 9th with the Dominican team down 3-2. He promptly plunked former Cub and Sausage-Clubber Randall Simon. He then struck out the next three Dutchmen, although one was via two strike bunt that went foul.

The U.S. and Canada reignited their border war, but did so without playing any Cubs or Cubs farmhands.
Puerto Rico started Pudge Rodriguez behind the dish, but Geo Soto DH'ed. Soto went 2 for 4, including a double, a walk, and an RBI. But things weren't all good. He K'd once and left 3 others on base, although two were left on with two outs in the eighth when the game was already well in hand.
Team Italy was struggling in the 5th inning, having given up 4 runs. With runners on first and second and only one out, they called Alex Maestri out of the 'pen. He promptly forced Miguel Cabrera to groundout to third, and then caught Magglio Ordonez looking to end the inning. He returned in the 6th, walking two but yielding no hits and no runs. He retired MLBer's Carlos Guillen, Cesar Izturis (although that's no accomplishment) and Endy Chavez.
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