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    Muntinlupa boys bow out after Latin American pitchers' no-hit job

    Jul 29, 2012

    MUNTINLUPA fell victim to a no-hitter and lost a 6-0 decision to Latin America in the 2012 Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, South Carolina.

    Manuel Urdaneta and Robin Nunez combined for five strikeouts and gave up only a walk as the Philippines found no answer to Latin America’s pitching.

    The opposition also scattered seven hits to complement its pitching staff en route to the victory.

    The loss was the second for the Muntinlupa batters and eliminated them from contention for a semifinal berth with the perfect 3-0 records of Puerto Rico and Latin America.

    Muntinlupa only reached base on a walk and three errors, but the runners couldn’t score against Latin America.

    The best chance for Muntinlupa to score came in the first inning when Jhondel Tolosa, who reached first on a fielding error before stealing second base, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Miguel Salud with one out. But Urdaneta forced Tsuyoshi Horibata and Dio Remollo into groundouts to end the threat.

    Horibata and Remollo reached base on back-to-back errors with one out in the fourth only to be stranded when Paco Tantuico and Carlos Munoz struck out and flied out respectively.

    In the sixth, Horibata found his way to first base on a two-out walk but Nunez fanned Remollo in the next at-bat.

    Muntinlupa actually still had a fighting chance as it gave up a run each in the first, third and fourth innings, before Latin America pelted three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull away.

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