Tuesday was a rather light day at the World Cup, with just two games being played.
The United States played and defeated Japan, 4-2, giving them an undefeated 3-0 start in the second round.
First baseman Justin Smoak went off once again, as he was 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks. Smoak has played in five World Cup games, and he is batting .450 [9-for-20] with six round-trippers. He also has two doubles and four walks mixed in for good measure.
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 - Roark (1-0)
Hr - Gac (2)
Tied 2-2 (Best of five)
The Blaze evened up the series and sent it to a deciding fifth game with a dominant offensive performance on Tuesday evening.
First baseman Ian Gac helped break the game wide open with his three-run homer off San Jose starter Kyle Nicholson in the second inning. Gac ended up going 2-for-4 with that homer and six total runs batted in.
Tanner Roark got off to a slow start, but he ended up yielding four runs (three earned) in seven innings of work. He walked three and struck out six.
Joey Butler (2/5, 2B) and David Paisano (2/4, 2B) both doubled.
Shortstop Davis Stoneburner was 2-for-4 with a base on balls.
Right-hander Michael Main made his first appearance of the postseason. He retired all six batters he faced, recording three strikeouts.
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.
Subscribe to LoneStarDugout.com today! Only $79.95 brings you one full year of Total Access Pass and all premium content on LoneStarDugout.com, Scout™ Player and Roster Database (including the 'Hot News' at the top of the site), Breaking News and Information, Total Access to all Scout.com Websites, and Player Pages, detailing the progress and careers of players from high school, the minors, and the pro ranks.
Sample the LoneStarDugout.com Total Access Pass™ at no risk for 7 days, then pay only $7.95 or $21.95. If you want to save 2 months off the monthly subscription price, simply choose the annual LoneStarDugout.com Total Access Pass™ at $79.95.