ST. LOUIS - Not a bad day for Canadian pitching coach Denis Boucher.
Canada, managed by Ernie Whitt blanked Korea 4-0 and Venezuela 7-0 to move to 4-2 in the second round-robin phase of the 39th World Cup. The two wins leave Canada in contention for the medal round. Canada plays undefeated Cuba Friday.
Lefty Andrew Albers of North Battleford, Sask. allowed four hits and a walk to out-duel his Korean counterpart.
Jonathan Malo of Joliette, Que. singled to open the fifth against Hyoun Taek Oh and Toronto’s Tim Smith delivered a run-scoring single. Calgary’s Emerson Frostad also knocked in a run.
Kyle Lotzkar of Delta, B.C. and Mike Johnson of Edmonton combined on a three-hit shutout as Canada blanked Venezuela. Lotzkar pitched five innings without allowing a walk.
Canada scored five times in the first as Jimmy Van Ostrand of Richmond, B.C. singled in Chris Bisson of Orleans, Ont. Van Ostrand came around to score along with Smith when Frostad doubled to right. London’s Brock Kjeldgaard then hit two-run homer to left.