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 vs Chinese Taipei 0-9
Team Europe lost 9-0 on Saturday to Chinese Taipei. Atlanta Braves 19 year old prospect Javi Sanchez was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs in three innings of work. Kevin Weijgertse continued his hot hitting at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a walk. Christopher Howard (.455) and Weijgertse (.429) lead team Europe in hitting through the first seven games. The Europeans will look to bounce back Sunday against CPBL at Intercontinental Stadium.
Team Europe vs CPBL 0-8
CPBL pitching shut out Team Europe 8-0 on Sunday night in Taichung. For the second consecutive games the Europeans were not able to push a run across. Former Texas Rangers minor leaguer Gianny Fracchiolla was tagged with the loss. Urving Kemp (.321) and Kevin Weijgertse (.438) each contributed two hits for the offense. Europe travels to Douliou Stadium Monday night to face Korea. Live coverage starts at 11 AM in Europe. Lars Huijer (Hoofddorp) is scheduled to start for Team Europe.