Cuba swamps Netherlands to reach second round

Updated: March 10, 2006, 2:40 AM ET
Associated Press


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico --Yoandry Garlobo went 4-for-5 with three RBI and Cuba beat the Netherlands 11-2 Thursday night to advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

Osmany Urrutia also hit a three-run homer for Cuba (2-0), which faces Puerto Rico on Friday in a matchup of the only two undefeated teams in Group C. Puerto Rico also moved into the second round with Cuba's victory over the Netherlands.

Garlobo hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Cuba a 4-0 lead.

Randall Simon had a two-run single to left in the sixth for the Netherlands (0-2), which will play Panama on Friday for third place in Group C. Netherlands outfielder Andruw Jones was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Cuba starter Ormari Romero tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just two hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Netherlands pitcher Diegomar Markwell allowed four runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Reliever Calvin Maduro gave up seven hits and six runs in three innings.

Cuba finished the game with 16 hits.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press