Asia Winter Baseball League 2016: Europe keeps pace for five innings

Yesterday team Europe faced the KBO representatives. For five innings team Europe could keep pace and even took a two run lead, but in the sixth inning the defense collapsed  and the Koreans walked away with the 9-4 win.

Europe had a gritty start as it opened the score in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Federico Celli got on base. When Jesus Ustariz hit towards third base the Korean third baseman committed a fielding error that allowed Celli to score the opening run.

In the meantime, Daniel Alvarez pitched five strong innings in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out three.

In the first five innings team Europe gave Alvarez enough run support to stay in the game. After Korea scored in the bottom of the first inning, Europe added another run to their score in the second. After Vincent Ahrens and Eugene Helder got on base with a single to right field, Paul Brands laid down a sac bunt to advance both runners. Leo Rodriguez singled Vincent Ahrens home with a hit towards third base.
In the fourth inning Europe extended their lead to two runs when Martin Muzik scored from first base on a basehit by Eugene Helder to left field.

But Korea tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as they scored two runs.

But in the sixth inning the defense collapsed. Daniel Alvarez was replaced by Andrew Woeck. Woeck struggled with his control as he gave up three walks and allowed five runs on three hits and took the loss after just one inning. The gap was too big to bridge especially when the KBO scored another run in the sixth inning.

Europe scored one more time in the eighth inning on a wild pitch but from there the gas was out of the tank.

Best hitter for team Europe was Eugene Helder who went 4 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Pitching results:

Eduard Pirvu: 1 IP, 1 unearned run, 1 hit, 1 BB
Aneres Perez: 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 SO

Hitting results:

Leo Rodriguez: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Dudley Leonora: 0 for 4
Mattia Mercuri: 0 for 1
Federico Celli: 2 for 5,  1 RBI, 1 SO
Jesus Ustariz: 2 for 5, 1 SO
Federico Giordani: 0 for 3, 3 SO
Martin Muzik: 0 for 3, 1 run, 1 SO
Kevin Weijgertse: 0 for 1
Vincent Ahrens: 1 for 4, 1 run, 3 SO
Paul Brands: 0 for 1
Kyle Pollock: 1 for 3, 1 SO

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