Asia Winter League: NPB limits Europe to three runs

In today’s game vs the NPB delegation, Maickel Rietel lasted four innings. He did a decent job as he allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out one.
After the fourth inning Rietel was replaced by Daniel Thieben. The 22-year old gave up two runs (one earned ) on one hit and two walks as he managed to get only one batter out in the fifth. Diego Fabiani relieved Thieben in the  fifth and got out of the inning but not before he had given up two more runs on two walks and a hit. Lucas Dickmann was the only European pitcher today that didn’t allow a run. He gave up two hits and a walk though and fanned one NPB hitter.
Bryan Sheldon finished the game but gave up two hits that led to the final run of the game for the NPB.

Europe was kept in check by starting pitcher Yuta Kakita. The pitcher of the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars limited them to only one hit in five innings. He walked two and struck out six. Only when he was replaced after the fifth inning, Europe started to get on base as hissuccessor Kojiro Tanabo of the Hanshin Tigers had some control issues. With the bases loaded, he threw a wild pitch  twice that allowed Europe to score two runs. As Kevin Weijgertse drew a walk, the bases were loaded again. Then Chris Howard hit to left field to drive in the third run for Europe.

Luca Martone: 2 for 2

Eventually Europe didn’t score more runs and fell 8-3 to the Japanese.

Only two Europeans collected more than two base hits: Shortstop Mattia Mercuri went 2 for 3 with a run scored and pinch hitter Luca Martone went 2 for 2 with a run scored. Kevin Weijgertse went 1 for 4, Chris Howard went 1 for 1 with an RBI and Rashid Gerard went 1 for 3 with a run scored.

Despite pitching a decent game, Maickel Rietel was tabbed with the loss.


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