Asia defeats Americas in the Taiwan Premier 12 Pool

The Asian countries reigned supreme with Japan beating Venezuela 8-4 and Taiwan downing Puerto Rico 6-1 in the opening round of the Taiwan pool.

Venezuela was ahead for much of their game, but Japan exploded for six runs in the eighth to turn a 4-2 Venezuela lead into an 8-6 deficit. Venezuela pitchers walked 12 hitters, with seven of those walks occurring in the eighth. Four of the first five hitters in the inning walked. Ryosuke Kikuchi tied the game with an RBI single. A fifth walk in the inning gave Japan the lead.

Felix Doubront got the start for Venezuela and pitched well, limiting Japan to just one hit in four innings. Finding the strike zone was also a problem for him with three walks, but he did not allow a runner to cross the plate. Japan started Shun Yamaguchi and he gave up one run in his four innings of work.

Venezuela put a scare to the Japanese professionals with a three run sixth that gave them a 4-2 lead. They out hit Japan 10-8 but the pitchers had trouble finding the plate, walking 12 to the two walks Japanese pitchers issued. Jeff Gosney from the United States was behind the plate.

Shao-Ching Chiang threw six innings of one run ball to lead Taiwan. He gave up just three hits. A bullpen of three Chens each worked one inning of shutout ball to close out the victory, none of the Chens allowing a hit or run to score.

Taiwan got all the runs they needed in the first inning on a two run homer from Lin Lee. Puerto Rico gave Taiwan most of their runs with sloppy fielding. They opened the game by booting the first ball turning Lin’s homerun into a two run shot rather than a solo blast. They also made an error in the fifth that allowed two more unearned runs to score. Two errors in the sixth brought in a fourth unearned run.

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