Just when you write that Europe is playing good baseball and doesn’t commit a lot of errors, they are routed in their next game. The KBO delegation was too strong for team Europe, who were outhit and outscored by the Koreans.
It was a game in which every European pitcher allowed at least one run and in which the offense did not take off. “Fun”part is that the Eurpean pitchers struck out more batters and walked less than their opponents but still couldn’t keep their team in the game. Europe was outscored (9-0) and outhit (15-5).
In the first inning, the Koreans jumped on Marc Habeck. It all started with a single up the middle by Zhao Yong-Ho who stole second and advanced to third when catcher Vincent Ahrens could not hang on to a pitch. Zhao Yong-Ho was driven in on a single to left field. Eventually the KBO scored two more runs in the first inning.
In the next two innings Habeck could keep the Koreans from scoring, but in the fourth he surrendered tree more runs. In the fifth inning Alessandro Ciarla took over on the mound. In two innings he fared a lot better as he allowed only one run on three hits and two walks.
The final three innings were pitched by Misja Harcksen. The Dutch former minor leaguer gave up two runs on five hits and struck out three.
Marc Habeck took the loss. He gave up the aforementioned six runs (five earned) on seven hits. He walked only one and struck out four.
Only three European hitters managed to get at least one hit. Federico Giordani and Leo Rodriguez both went 2 for 4 with a strikeout and Kevin Weijgertse went 1 for 3 and drew a walk.
Jesus Ustariz, Eurgene Helder and Vincent Ahrens were the other three hitters who were able to draw a walk.
Of course the Korean pitching was superb today but perhaps Europe lacked a bit of luck too. In 31 at bats (and 35 plate appearances), most Europeans hit directly towards the fielders.
Europe had a chance to score in the second inning as they loaded the bases but a fly out to left field ended the rally of the Europeans.
The staff will have a job to do in motivating the young players for tomorrow’s game after today’s tough loss.