The Philippines was handed a 6-0 defeat by Japan on Sunday as the lads’s baseball competitions of the Hangzhou Asian Video games acquired underway at Shaoxing Baseball and Softball Middle.
Starter Paolo Macasaet was pulled after retiring simply two batters after Japan scored three within the prime half of the primary inning whereas the Philippine offense might solely produce three hits of their one-sided Group A encounter.
With the loss, the Philippines should beat host China on Monday afternoon on the identical venue in hopes of getting a spot within the tremendous spherical.
China wanted simply 5 innings to defeat Laos, 15-0, within the different recreation of the group.
The Filipino batters have earlier described the match with their Chinese language counterparts because the one that may decide their probabilities of getting previous group play.
In 2019, the Philippines defeated China, 1-0, within the preliminary section of the Asian Baseball Championship in Taiwan.
Macasaet walked three of the primary 5 batters to load the bases earlier than one other free go, this time to Kokei Sasagawa allowed leadoff man Hiroki Nakagawa to attain the primary run of the sport with two outs.
Mar Diarao got here in aid of Macasaet, however allowed Kazuya Shimokawa to hit a single to heart, driving in Naoya Mochizuki and Masashi Maruyama that put the Philippines behind 3-0.
Diarao stayed for 2 extra innings earlier than veteran lefty Vladimir Eguia produced a stable 3 2/3’s inning, fanning 5 whereas giving up two runs that prolonged Japan’s lead.
The Philippines noticed its first eight batters being retired by Japan earlier than Lord de Vera singled with one out within the third.
An opportunity to attain at the least the Philippines’ solely run got here within the fifth when back-to-back singles by Mark Steven Manaig and Luis Escano put runners on first and second base with one out.
However Lord Aragorn de Vera grounded out on an inning-ending double play, and the Philippines couldn’t purchase one other hit the remainder of the way in which.