The United States steamrolled the hosting Germans 9-1 on Friday afternoon (evening in Germany), and Justin Smoak had another big game.
The first baseman went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, and two runs batted in. He now has three round-trippers in two World Cup games.
Kasey Kiker did not appear in the game. U.S. starter Todd Redmond of the Atlanta system worked eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball.
Team Canada improved to 2-0 with a 15-0 victory over the Netherlands Antilles. Emerson Frostad played first base and was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Former Rangers prospect Tim Smith stayed hot, going 2-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.
Team USA will face an 0-2 Chinese team on Saturday. China has lost its two games [Germany and Venezuela] by a combined 31-3 score.
The unbeaten Canada team will face 0-2 Sweden.
69-75, 11.0 GB
The RedHawks failed to qualify for the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
39-31, 2.0 GB
The RoughRiders failed to qualify for the Texas League playoffs.
W - Bleier (1-0)
BAK wins 2-1 (Best of Three)
The Bakersfield Blaze took another step towards a California League title on Friday evening, defeating Modesto in the deciding game of their three-game series.
Left-hander Richard Bleier was flat-out dominant, pitching eight excellent innings. He allowed just one run on seven hits. Bleier walked zero, fanned eight, and posted a 14:2 groundout-to-flyout ratio.
At the plate, leadoff hitter Matt Lawson was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in.
Mauro Gomez (1/3, 2B, BB) also drove home a pair of runs.
Left fielder Mike Bianucci was 1-for-3 with a double.
Centerfielder David Paisano tripled for his lone hit in four trips.
Backstop Doug Hogan singled three times in four at-bats.
Making his first appearance of the postseason, Fresno State product Justin Miller struck out all three batters he faced.
Bakersfield will now face the San Jose Giants on Saturday evening, and Ryan Tatusko will take the hill.
Although the Blaze have been the hottest team in the league over the last month, the Giants were one of the best teams in all of minor league baseball over the course of the season.
San Jose posted a 93-47 record for the season as a whole, including a 51-19 mark in the second half.
30-40, 15.5 GB
The Crawdads failed to qualify for the South Atlantic League playoffs.
37-39, 10.0 GB
The Indians played much better late in the season, but they still failed to qualify for the Northwest League playoffs.
12-16, 4.5 GB
The AZL Rangers failed to quality for the Arizona League playoffs.
18-45, 29.5 GB
The DSL Rangers1 failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs.
47-15, 9.0 GU
After winning the division, the DSL Rangers2 got a bye in the first round of the playoffs, but they were swept in the best-of-three Dominican Summer League semifinal series.
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