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Dominican Republic knocks off Mexico, 5-2

BY RANDY McROBERTS and DEWEY FOX, rmcroberts@theaegis.com, dfox@theaegis.com

11:27 PM EDT, August 13, 2012

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The previously unbeaten Mexican national team lost its first game Monday night, falling 5-2 to the Dominican Republic in international pool play.

The Dominican side (2-1) posted one run in the top of the first, then came up with two more in the visiting half of the third to take a 3-0 lead. Mexico (2-1) came through with one run in the bottom of the third and scored its final tally in the sixth. The Dominican Republic plated its final two runs in the fifth.

Franklin Santana led the winning side at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and one run scored. Luis Almanzar went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the victory, while Pedro Reyes was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

Mexico's Francisco Pena was 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Sergio Pena was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Ismael Guerrero and Efrain Lopez each scored one run in the loss.

Earning the win was Dominican starter Pablo Sanchez, who struck out six, walked two and allowed one earned run on four hits over four innings.

Japan still perfect

The Japanese team continued its winning ways Monday afternoon, running its record to a perfect 3-0 in pool play with a 10-0, four-inning victory over the Australian team at Nationals Park.

The game was halted after four innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

Pacing the Japanese offense was Tomoya Koike, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Koki Okada was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs in the victory, while teammates Shunsuke Yano and Kosuke Ito both had two runs and one RBI.

Yukiya Tsujii was the winning pitcher, going three innings in which he struck out two and held Australia (0-3) to one hit.

Korea knocks off Canada

Republic of Korea (2-1) picked up its second straight win Monday in international pool play, beating Canada (0-3), 12-2, in four innings at Cal Sr.'s Yard. The two runs were Canada's first in three games.

Korea scored a single run in the first on a walk, stolen base and an error and added the first of 10 in the second inning on another error. Min Gyu Kim added a two RBI single in the inning and Ju Young Kim belted a two-run double. Kyu Yeol Bae had two hits and one RBI in the inning and Shihiro Hironaka added an RBI double as well.

Hyun Soo Ryu singled and scored the final Korea run in the third on a Hironaka groundout.

Korean pitchers Gyu Kim and Min Jong Seong carried a perfect game into the fourth inning, before Canada rose up to spoil the bid.

Zach Goruk led off the inning with a solid single to left field. An errant pick-off throw by Jong Seong moved Goruk to second and a wild pitch sent him to third. After a walk to Soren Graverson, Jake Bouzide singled to plate Goruk.

Gun Loo Lim was summoned to the mound in relief and in the process of striking out the side, a Loo Lim wild pitch allowed Graverson to score. Bouzide reached third base, but was stranded there.