Canada got a methodical 10-0 win in a game shortened to eight innings by the mercy rule.
Canada got all the runs they needed on a three-run home run by 1B Scott Thorman in the fourth inning. The required runs for the mercy rule came on a two-run home run in the eighth inning by RF Mike Saunders.
Chris Begg (Niagara), Tim Burton, and Rheal Cormier (CC of Rhode Island) combined for the shutout. The Chinese had a chance in the bottom of the eighth to break up the shutout and extend the game into the ninth inning; runners on second and third with no outs. However, Cormier, after giving up a double to the first batter he faced, got three straight strikeouts to end the game.
Canada’s next game is against Cuba, at 6 AM EDT on Thursday.
Update: Brooks McNiven (British Columbia) gets the start against Cuba. Mike Johnson will start against South Korea on Friday, and James Avery (Niagara) starts against the USA on Saturday.
The Olympic Baseball Tournament starts up this evening/early Saturday morning with a great game between Japan and Cuba that begins at 7 am Eastern time. The United States will open against South Korea, while the Canadian squad will play China, and Chinese Taipei will play the Netherlands. All the Games will be available online by clicking here. My brief preview of the Tournament is available below. I will be providing a daily recap of the day’s action throughout the tournament. Continue reading Olympic Baseball Tourney Preview→
Excerpt: “Meet Mr. Average hitter for Team Canada: Emerson Frostad (Lewis-Clark State), 25, of Calgary Alta. A Texas Rangers farmhand, Frostad has split this season between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma in the Texas Rangers system. He had played 486 games in five seasons. Continue reading Get to know Team Canada→
The USA Olympic Team will begin play on Wednesday August 13th when they open up round robin play against South Korea. It will be the first game in the Olympics for Team USA since their Gold Medal victory over Cuba in the 2000 Olympics behind the right arm of Ben Sheets. We break down the position players today with some background information. We will be checking out the pitchers on Sunday as we continue our preview of Team USA. They open play on Tuesday when they play South Korea at 6 am Eastern time. Continue reading Team USA Olympic Preview: Position Players→
Stubby Clapp, who will be playing second base for Canada in the 2008 Summer Olympics, is writing a blog about the experience. You can see it at canadianbaseballnetwork.com.
This will be Clapp’s second Olympics. He played for Texas Tech, and played 20 games for the Saint Louis Cardinals in 2001. He played for the AAA Memphis Redbirds for several years, and they retired his jersey. The last pro team he played for was the Edmonton Crackers Cats, which was in the independent Northern League at the time. He is currently on a leave of absence from the Class A Lexington Legends, where he is a hitting coach.
I know we don’t cover Minor League baseball in general but the 2008 USA Baseball Team was announced today with a bunch of players with collegiate experience in the last few seasons including one player who will be entering his junior season at San Diego State in the fall. The biggest name that is on the roster is Matt LaPorta and the biggest surprise to me is Stephen Strasburg from San Diego State. Continue reading CBB Column: Thoughts on 2008 Olympic Team→