Australia lose 4-3 to Cuba; knocked out of World Baseball Classic

A grand slam home run has been too much for Australia to overcome at the World Baseball Classic, losing 4-3 to Cuba.

The loss sees Australia knocked out of the World Baseball Classic.

Australian manager Jon Deeble said the Southern Thunder were disappointed by the result.

"We out-hit them, we outplayed them," Deeble said.

"The only place we didn't win was the scoreboard. They [Cuba] have a knack of doing that."

There was plenty of feeling in the match after Cuba knocked Australia out of the Classic in 2009 and beat Australia in the gold medal match of the 2004 Olympics.

Warwick Saupold took to the mound for Australia and pitched four innings for Australia.

While Australia worked off Cuban starting pitcher Lázaro Blanco early, Saupold had plenty of pitches and worked hard to keep the runs and hits down.

Third-baseman Logan Wade scored at the top of the fifth inning to give Australia a lead but it was short-lived.

Blue Sox star Lachlan Wells, 20, relieved Saupold but after two straight strikeouts, was despatched by Alfredo Despaigne.

"I can't wait for [Frederich] Cepeda and Despaigne to retire,” Deeble said.

“They have worn me out for 16 years. They have destroyed us. This has gone on and on and on. They're great players, fantastic players."

Although Australia clawed the lead back to 4-3, they couldn’t cancel out the score of the four-run homer.

​Australia were also left ruing 15 runners being left on base throughout the game.

Despite the loss and being knocked out of round one, an 11-0 win over China has confirmed Australia’s place at the 2021 World Baseball Classic.