Even though it wasn’t a clubbing like the previous two games, team Germany was no match for team Spain which is stocked with players from Central America. Spain outhit the Germans 14-5 and beat them 9-1.
By the time the Germans scored their sole run in the game, in the third inning, they trailed 4-0 already. With runners in scoring position and no outs, Nadir Ljatifi grounded out 4-3 but drove in Eric Brenk.
Luis Guillorme hits a sac fly to left field to drive in Blake Ochoa in the fourth inning.
Spain, on the other hand, did not have any problems with the pitches of Markus Solbach, who lasted 6.2 innings in which he gave up nine runs (eight earned) on fourteen hits and two walks as he struck out two. Spain had a big inning in the seventh as it sent ten batters to the batter’s box and scored four times to make it 9-1.
Germany played some good defense as catcher Vincent Ahrens committed the only error as he let a pitch pass. Unfortunately for the Germans, their pitching was not able to keep the Spanish lineup in check, although it must be said that after manager Martin Helmig replaced Markus Solbach, Spain only scored one more run he was credited for. The other pitcher, Daniel Thieben did not allow a hit in the final 2.1 innings.
Daniel Alvarez pitched six innings for the win. He allowed one unearned run on four hits and a walk and struck out six.
Best hitter for Spain was Richard Montiel, who went 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs batted in and two runs scored.
With still no loss, Spain is clearly one of the favorites for the tournament win. The other two unbeaten teams, Italy and Kingdom of the Netherlands will face each other tonight.