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Cuba beats Australia to reach 2nd round at WBC

 Cuba's batter Yosbany Peraza celebrates after hitting a home run against Australia in a World Baseball Classic game in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 10...

Cuba Australia World Baseball Classic

Cuba's batter Yosbany Peraza celebrates after hitting a home run against Australia in a World Baseball Classic game in Mexico City, Tuesday, March 10...

Yoennis Cespedes and Yosbany Peraza each hit a solo home run as Cuba advanced to the second round of the World Baseball Classic with a 5-4 victory over Australia on Tuesday.
Cuba trailed 4-3 heading into the eighth inning before scoring twice, including Peraza's pinch-hit homer off Richard Thompson.
Cuba is unbeaten after two games in Group B of the 16-team tournament and will face South Korea or Japan when the next round, which starts March 15 at San Diego.
Aroldis Chapman struck out seven and allowed one run over four innings, and Ismel Jimenez earned the win with 2 2-3 shutout innings to close it out.
Australia faces Mexico on Wednesday to determine who will join Cuba in the second round. The winner will play Cuba for first place in Group B on Thursday.


Updated : 2021-08-06 02:42 GMT+08:00