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Late on Saturday night, the Netherlands finished a 2-1 victory over Cuba to win the World Cup tournament in Panama. Twins prospect Tom Stuifbergen was named the Best Pitcher of the tournament.
On October 1, 16 teams traveled to Panama for the tournament. The last two days have been the final round. In the 7th place game, Venezuela beat Panama 8-3. In the 5th place game, Australia beat South Korea 3-2. Due to rain, the USA and Canada are co-bronze medalists. And again, Holland topped Cuba 2-1 in the championship game.
Tom Stuifbergen (Ft. Myers/Rochester) was named the tournament’s top pitcher. The right-hander went 2-0 with a save in his three outings. In his first game, he pitched the final two innings for a save. He then threw seven shutout innings against Puerto Rico. In his final start, he threw eight shutout innings against South Korea. He threw 17 innings without allowing a run. He gave up 12 hits, walked two and struck out eight.
If there was such a thing, another Twins minor leaguer, Andrew Albers, would likely have been the runner-up for best pitcher. Albers pitched in four games and started two. He threw 15 scoreless innings for Team Canada. He went 2-0. He gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out nine.
After spending the 2011 season with the Ft. Myers Miracle, James Beresford was the leadoff hitter and shortstop for Australia. In the tournament, he went 17-46 (.370) with two walks, two doubles, nine runs scored and five RBI. Allan de San Miguel (New Britain/Tommy John surgery) went 1-9 as a catcher for the team. Todd Van Steensel (Elizabethton) pitched in one game against Cuba for Australia.
Max Kepler (Elizabethton) was the centerfielder for the team from Germany. He went 8-23 (.348) with five walks, two doubles, a home run, eight runs scored and three RBI. Markus Solbach (GCL Twins) gave up three runs (1 earned) on eight hits and a walk in 4.1 innings (over two games). He struck out seven.
Nelvin Fuentes (Beloit) pitched 1.2 innings over three games. He gave up no runs on four hits, no walks and a strikeout.
On Saturday in the AFL, Mesa beat Sunrise 14-3. Brian Dozier went 3-5 with a walk, a double, four runs scored and two RBI. He’s hitting. 353. Aaron Hicks went 0-3 with two walks and an RBI. They both had a stolen base. Cole DeVries started and gave up just one hit over four innings. He walked none and struck out five. Bruce Pugh threw a scoreless sixth inning. On Friday afternoon, Chris Herrmann was tasked with catching the first outing of Gerrit Cole. He also went 2-4 with his third double.
On Saturday night in Venezuela, Rene Tosoni went 2-4 and is now 3-9 (.333) with 3 walks (.500 OBP) in three games.
Joe Benson went 1-3 with a walk. In four games, he’s 2-12 (.167) with four walks (.375 OBP) with a double (.250 SLG).
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