In their first game of the 2016 Asia Winter League Baseball, team Europe fell 14-9 vs the representatives of the KBO. Europe’s starting pitcher Daniel Alvarez was hit hard. In the first inning he gave up five runs and in the second inning he gave up four more without recording an out even though one was unearned. In the second inning one run was scored on a wild pitch and the other three came in on a homerun to left field.
In the top of the second inning, Europe got on the board when Leo Rodriguez hit a single to third base on which Frederico Celli could score. One inning later Europe scored one more when Jesus Ustariz singled to left field on which Urving Kemp could score from second base.
Offensive wise, the fourth inning was Europe’s best when the team scored three.
With runners in scoring position, Leo Rodriguez hit towards center field to drive in Dudley Leonora and Kyle Pollock. Frederico Giordani drove in the third run with a triple.
After the first two disastrous innings, the European pitchers did a decent job. In the remainng seven innings, Diego Fabiani allowed three more runs in the fourth inning, Nicolo Clemente gave up two in the fifth. Poland’s Artur Strzalka did a decent job. In two innings of work he did not allow a hit and struck out two.
Andrew Woeck pitched the eighth inning and gave up a hit and struck out one.
Despite the fact that they were outscored, Europe collected more hits than the Koreans: 15-12.
Best hitter for Europe was Leo Rodriguez, who went 3 for 3 with four runs batted in and a run scored.
Of the Dutch players, Urving Kemp was the best hitter going 2 for 5 with two runs scored.
It is clear that pitching was the problem today even though the last two relievers kept the KBO representatives from scoring. The offense was quite okay today and that gives some hope for the upcoming days.