In a shocking development, Ben Oglivie hit a 2-out grand slam homer of Hideo Nomo in the bottom of the 8th to give Central America a stunning come-from-behind win and two game sweep and virtually eliminate Asia from our All-Time Statis-Pro World Baseball Classic Championship. The Asians seemed on pace to have a chance to win the 4-team division in the first game, but two deep drives by Shohei Ohtani were caught at the wall and Central America rallied from behind four times to win 6-5 on a 2-out single in the 12th inning.
The 6-5 and 6-3 wins for Central America not only dropped Asia to 2-4, but means they have now allowed 25 runs in their pool play- the first tie-breaker. Asia's only chance to make the playoffs now is if California not only loses both games to Texas, but gives up 17 runs to drop into a 2-2 tie with Asia and have more runs allowed.
If California beats Texas twice then they win the division and get a bye to the championship round. If they split, then Texas wins the group, and California is second and goes to the playoff pool for a chance to make the championship round. If California loses both but does not give up 17 runs, then they are 3rd place and play the 3rd place finisher from the South in a one game playoff to try to make the first playoff round with the other second place teams. Here are the standings.
One disadvantage we noticed for Asia in our all-time WBC vs. the one we played with current players a few years ago is that the earliest great.player from our game is Chan Ho Park whose career started in 1994. Central Americans had already been making the majors for 50 years by thenz so a lot more players to choose from.
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