Asia Winter Baseball League: Good game by Europe ends with anticlimax

Asia Winter Baseball League
For 8.5 innings team Europe kept Chinese Taipei in check as the score was 2-2 after the top of the ninth inning. But eventually Chinese Taipei walked off with the win in a game in which both teams could have walked off as a victor.

A day after the rained out game between Europe and one of the NPB representatives on Sunday, today’s game went on without any problem. Yesterday the game was cancelled due to rainfall when Europe trailed the NPB 4-1 after Taylor Clemensia struggled with his control. 

Today Europe took a bold 1-0 lead in the second inning when Frederico Celli scored from third base on a wild pitch.
In the fourth inning, Leo Rodriguez singled up the middle to drive in Frederico Celli for the second run for Europe from third base.
But Chinese Taipei got into the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the ace of the Rouen Huskies, Owen Ozanich, on the mound, Chinese Taipei scored on a single towards shortstop to make it 2-1. Until that fourth inning, Ozanich had kept the Taiwanese in check rather well.

Eventually Chinese Taipei tied the game in the eighth frame when Andres Perez, who retired the side in the seventh inning, gave up a hit towards second that drove in the game tying run for Chinese Taipei.

Despite the good game that the Europeans played (only one error and six hits vs eight for Chinese Taipei), they lost the game in the final inning with what can be called an anticlimax. Manager Desi Relaford sent Andrew Woeck to the mound. Woeck loaded the bases and then gave up a walk to Chen Zhong Yu.

It won’t come as a surprise that Woeck took the loss.Two batters had the honor of being the best hitter for Europe today. Frederico Celli went 2 for 4 and scored twice. Frederico Giordani also went 2 for 4 but did not score a run.

Besides the innings in which Europe scored a run, they only had a runner in scoring position in the third inning. But the same can be said about Chinese Taipei as that team even didn’t have runners in scoring position in other innings than the ones they scored in. Despite the loss, it was a good game of the Europeans when you take into consideration that most Europeans only play two games per week and those players from Taiwan are playing more than twice a week.

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