The Taiwanese junior NT finds itself atop Group B with 3 wins and 0 losses. Taiwan blanked Spain 9-0 on Wednesday. Three Taiwanese pitchers combined on a 6 hit shutout, with the starter Chun-Lin Chen picking up the win. Chen lasted 5 innings, gave up 2 hits, to go along with 6 K's and 2 walks. Four hitters led the way for Taiwan's offense with 2 hits each. SS Yen-Wen Kuo was 2-4 with a double and a run scored. RF Wang-Wei Lin was 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a RBI. 1B Hung-Cheng Lai was 2-2 with 2 runs scored, a double and 2 RBI's. Finally Chung-Chieh Wang was 2-3 with a double and led the way with 3 RBI's.
In other Group B action, Italy shocked Mexico by winning 8-6. The US also beat previously unbeaten Canada 2-1. With today's action complete, here are the current Group B rankings:
Taiwan will face Canada tomorrow in an important showdown for Group B supremacy.
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