The World Baseball Classic can be a great event to showcase the sport to countries all around the world by providing fans with a glimpse of what baseball can be at its best.
Unfortunately, especially in the first round of pool-play games at the event, there will be some games that don't provide much drama because certain countries are just flat-out better and capable of dominating in all phases of the game.
That is exactly what happened on Day 3 of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, with two games providing fireworks but not in a dramatic way.
Cuba 12, China 0 (7 Innings)
Cuba used a four-run fourth inning and six-run fifth inning to mercy rule the Chinese team. First baseman Jose Abreu led the offensive attack for the Cuban squad, hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning and driving in five runs total.
Second baseman Jose Fernandez also got in on the action, going 3-for-4, driving in two runs and scoring four times.
Cuba's 12 runs came on 15 hits, along with two errors by the Chinese team.
Cuban starting pitcher Danny Betancourt threw 4.2 innings of one-hit ball. He also struck out eight before reaching his pitch limit.
China mustered just three singles in the game. Reliever Yu Liu, who entered the game in the fourth inning, had a day to forget. He went 1.2 innings, allowing seven runs (all earned) on five hits and three walks.
Cuba's win moves its record to 2-0 and secures the team a berth in the second round of the WBC. The next game for the team will be against Japan, which has also secured a spot in the second round, in the final game in Pool A on Wednesday at 5 a.m. ET.
China's appearance in the 2013 World Baseball Classic will end on Tuesday against Brazil at 3 a.m. ET. Both teams will look to salvage a game in the tournament.
Korea 6, Australia 0
Unlike Cuba, which used a powerful attack to decimate China, the Korean team used a methodical offensive approach and strong pitching en route to winning its first game of the tournament.
Korea came out of the gates on fire, taking a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. That would be all it needed, though insurance was added in the top of the second, seventh and ninth innings with one run apiece.
First baseman Seung Yuop Lee went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. Starting pitcher Seung Song threw four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. He also struck out five.
Australia threatened to score a couple of times, with Tim Kennelly hitting a double to lead off the fifth and a single to lead off the seventh, but he was unable to advance either time.
Australia will end its run in the World Baseball Classic on Monday at 11:30 p.m. ET against the Netherlands. Korea will play Chinese Taipei in the final game of Pool B with a shot to advance to the second round on Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. ET.
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