Date: Nov 12, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA
Taiwan were shut out 2-0 by Mexico in the opening game of the Premier 12 Super Round in Japanyesterday, dealing a severe blow to their hopes of securing a berth at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Both teams managed only three hits in a game dominated by pitching, but Mexico made more of what little offense they produced in the game played at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba.
Ali Solis broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out solo homer to left off Taiwan starter Chiang Shao-ching.
Mexico widened the lead to 2-0 an inning later on hits by the first two batters in the inning and an RBI sacrifice fly by Esteben Quiroz off Chiang.
In Mexico’s six other at-bats, only one batter reached base — Noah Perio in the fourth on a walk — but their two runs held up for the victory against Taiwan’s anemic offense, which has scored only one run in their past 18 innings of Premier12 play. [FULL STORY]