In a matchup between the team that had won all games but one and the team that lost all games but two, the battle was quite unequal. The NPB West did not have a hard time vs Europe as they won 13-1.
Taylor Clemensia struggled through the first inning. With four walks and three hits given up he allowed the Japanese opponent to score three runs. After Clemensia allowed another run in the second inning he was replaced by Nicolo Clemente in the third inning.
Clemente also allowed four runs on three hits and four walks in total but he did this in four innings.
In the seventh, eighth and ninth innings the flood gates opened when the NPB West scored seven more runs.
Europe eventually got on the board in the eighth inning. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Vincent Ahrens, Mattia Mercuri and Kevin Weijgertse loaded the bases. After Dwayne Kemp struck out, Leo Rodriguez drove the ball to right field for a sac fly that allowed Vincent Ahrens to score the sole run for Europe.
Taylor Clemensia took the loss for Europe. Mattia Mercuri was the best hitter for Europe, going 2 for 4, striking out twice.
Other pitching results:
Ludovico Coveri: 2 IP, 2 ER, 2 hits, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR
Misja Harcksen: 1 IP, 3 ER, 1 hit, 3 BB, 3 SO
Other hitting results:
Jesus Ustariz: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Vincent Ahrens: 1 for 4, 1 run, 2 SO
Kevin Weijgertse: 1 for 4, 1 SO
Urving Kemp: 1 for 3, 1 SO, 1 SB
Europe was outscored but wasn’t quite outhit by the Japanese as Europe collected 6 basehits and the NPB West 8. The decisive factor was the number of walks that was given up by the European pitching. Europe gave up 12 walks compared to the 2 given up by the Japanese. The Japanese pitching was vastly superior as they struck out 12 batters.
Tomorrow, team Europe will face Chinese Taipei, against whom they have played good games; a 3-2 loss and a 9-5 victory.