From November 28 to December 20 the Asia Winter Baseball League takes place in Taichung and Dou-Liou, Taiwan. Team Europe was invited for the first time to compete against squads from NPB, KBO and CPBL. 16 games are on the schedule for the European team. Games will be streamed through www.cpbltv.com. Owen Ozanich of the Rouen Huskies is also part of the team and will send us first-hand impressions for Mister-Baseball.com.
Team Europe was beat 8-3 on Wednesday at Taichung Intercontinental Stadium by Japan. Europe’s starter went the first four innings, giving up three runs on five hits. The bullpen struggled to throw strikes, walking five over the final five frames. Offensively Europe has held their own, on Wednesday shortstop Mattia Mercuri went 2-for-3 with a run scored, bumping his batting average over .300 for the tournament. The guys from Europe are back at it again on Friday against the team from CPBL. French starter Owen Ozanich (0.96 ERA) will get the start after having pitched well out of the bullpen. The game on Thursday against CTBA got rained out.