By Josh Mosley
Although the Birds were not greatly represented in numbers in the WBC first round, we’re still going to take a look at what exactly they did on the field in this, the United Nations conference, of baseball tournaments.
Yadier Molina, catcher: Yadi has only managed to get into one game so far this tournament but he at least made the most of his time. The big guy went 1-for-4 in his only game, with a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to help the Rico’s to a 3-1 win over that pesky team from the Netherlands. I guess it proves once again that anything American affiliated is awesome. The Netherlands couldn’t pull that off. Hats off to the youngest Molina.
Arquimedes Nieto, pitcher: Nieto has only made one appearance, allowing one hit and striking out two. Like Molina, he seems to be making the most of brief playing time in the classic. Should get him nice and ready for some quality time in minor league ball.
Adam Ottavino, pitcher: Ottavino got a starting nod in the first round against Venezuela, allowing one hit over three innings and no runs. The 30th overall pick in 2006 couldn’t power the Eye-talians to a trip to the second round but it’s safe to say that the Birds have to be encouraged by his international play. Bellisima.
Curt Smith, infielder: While the Dutch have been partaking in a tourney’s worth of “We shocked the world” ballerness, Curt Smith has been relegated to riding the pine pony for most of the Netherlands run. Smith hasn’t done much of anything yet in the Dutch’s improbable run.