CHINESE Taipei proved too classy for the Philippines as it yielded just a hit in a 16-0 shutout win in seven innings Friday and advance in the finals of the World Baseball Classic qualifier 4 before an enthusiastic crowd at the Xinzhuang Stadium in New Taipei City.
Pitcher Yu-Ching Lin issued a one-hit shutout in his four-inning start as the Taiwanese, ranked eighth in the world, sent the Filipinos crashing back to earth by overpowering them in a game that saw the host went on an eight-run assault in the fifth inning.
The loss sent the Philippines to a match-up with New Zealand in the losers’ bracket Saturday at 2 p.m., the winner of which faces Chinese Taipei in the final on Sunday for the lone berth in the main draw.
Fielding in what had been billed as the strongest Philippine team ever to compete internationally behind a mix roster of minor league, collegiate, and national players, the Filipino batters had a promising start as Fil-Japanese starting pitcher Ryuya Ogawa did not give up a run in the first two innings.
Ogawa, however, unraveled in the third with a bases-loaded walk on Szu-Chi Chou for the first run of the game. Yung-Chi Chen then singled home two runners to give Chinese Taipei a 3-0 lead.
Ryan Pineda finally gave the Filipinos their first hit against Lin with a double, but proved to be their last.
Yi-Chuan Lin began the fifth with a two-run double to pad the lead further as the Taiwanese entered the sixth already clutching an 11-0 lead.
A five-run seventh settled the outcome via the early determination rule.
The Philippines was off to a good start in the qualifiers Thursday by beating Thailand, 8-2, but was silenced by the more seasoned Chinese Taipei squad composed of players from their professional league.
The Filipinos were an eye sore defensively, tallying five errors - two each from minor leaguers first baseman Leighton Pangilinan and shortstop Ryan Pineda - a few of which came in that pivotal fifth.
Another minor league catcher Chad Nacapoy had two passed balls, while Ogawa and relievers Mark Javate and Romeo Jasmin each had wild pitches.