MUNTINLUPA was limited to only three hits as it bowed to Puerto Rico, 9-2, in the opening day of the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, South Carolina.
Puerto Rico pulled away from the Asia Pacific representatives with five runs in the fifth inning to wrest the lead for good after clinging to a 3-2 lead after the second.
Dio Remollo cut Puerto Rico’s lead to one run after an RBI double to score Francisco Hashimoto, 2-1, after the first inning.
After Puerto Rico chalked up another run in the second, Muntinlupa responded with Justin Mathay scoring on an error, 3-2, at the bottom of the inning.
But Muntinlupa relief pitcher Carlos Munoz yielded five runs to Puerto Rico batters as hurler Yamil Rivera didn’t give up a hit in four innings of relief.
The Philippine team takes a two-day break before returning to the field on Sunday against Latin America in the round-robin international pool. The champion of the international pool will face the United States titlist.