Lars Huijer had a great start for team Europe today. In the first five innings he kept team CPBL hitless. Okay, he hit a batter with a pitch and but he didn’t give up a walk. But in the sixth, Lars gave up the first run to the Taiwanese team. Three hits towards the outfield drove in the first run for the CPBL.
Three innings earlier, team Europe had taken the lead when Maik Ehmcke got on base thanks to an error by the shortstop and advanced on the miscue. Daniel Fernandes grounded out 4-3 and Ehmcke advanced to third on the play. After Freddy Noguera drew a walk, Sebastiano Poma hit into a 3-6 force out on which Maik Ehmcke could score the opening run.
Europe had a golden opportunity to take a 2-0 lead when Maick Ehmcke drew a lead off walk in the bottom of the fifth, stole second and advanced to third on the throwing error by the Taiwanese catcher. But with Ehmcke in scoring position and no outs, team Europe failed to drive him in as the next three batters grounded out.
You may think that this might have been a golden opportunity to win the game. It could have been, but the CPBL took a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, long after Lars Huijer was replaced. With two outs and a runner on second base, Milvio Andreozzi couldn’t get out of the inning. Andreozzi
gave up an intentional walk to get into the force out/double play situation. After the intentional walk he was replaced by Matz Schütte. Schutte walked another one to load the bases before giving up a triple to Yang Dai, that hit the right field fence and drove in two runs. A double and a triple to right field drove in two more runs for the Taiwanese team.
When Schütte couldn’t get the out, he was replaced by Kruno Gojkovic, who recorded the final out of the inning.
If this would be the only bad inning, perhaps Europe could have rallied to come back, but the next inning was even more disastrous as the CPBL scored eleven more runs. Team Europe used three pitchers in the ninth inning to get out of it. Gojkovic gave up four runs on three hits and a walk. Daniel Thieben really struggled as he allowed seven earned runs on five hits and two walks and Daniel Fernandes, normally an outfielder, recorded the final out for team Europe in the ninth.
Team Europe did something back in the bottom of the ninth. Urving Kemp led off the inning with a base hit to right field. Sebastiano Poma drove in Kemp with a single that bounced against the outfield fence to reach the final score of 16-2. Once again Europe played flawless baseball in the field as they did not commit an error.
Best hitter for Europe, average wise, was Urving Kemp who went 1 for 1 as a pinch hitter. Maik Ehmcke went 1 for 2 with a run scored and a walk while Freddy Noguera also had a batting average of .500 in this game. Only Noguera went 2 for 4 with a walk. Left fielder Sebastiano Poma went 2 for 5 with two runs batted in. Chris Howard who was today’s DH, went 1 for 4.
Thanks to today’s solid outing, Lars Huijer lowered his ERA to 2.65 and his WHIP to 1.06. ü