THE Philippines’ campaign in the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers came to a disappointing end, squandering a three-run lead in the sixth inning on the way to a 7-17 loss to New Zealand on Friday in Sydney.
Boss Moanaroa, a player in the Australia major league, crushed a three-run homer to complete a six-run sixth inning for New Zealand that saw the Philippines fall apart in a combination of shaky pitching and poor fielding decisions.
Moanaroa’s home run slammed the door on the Filipino batters, who looked poised to take a famous win after taking a 7-4 lead midway through the sixth.
Pitching woes, however, haunted the Philippine side with former New York Yankees prospect Taylor Garrison giving up walks to New Zealand before that homer by Moanaroa, who finished with seven RBIs.
Cal State Dominguez Hills infielder Brady Conlan slammed the first home run in the qualifiers that tied the game at 3. Conlan also scored on a base hit by Jonash Ponce to start off a three-run sixth to push the Philippines ahead, 7-4.
Garrison struggled on the mound in relief, giving up six runs on four hits, three walks, and that homer on Moanaroa in the game that ended in the eighth inning under the 10-run mercy rule.
The Philippines began the campaign with an 11-1 loss to host Australia on Thursday.