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2018 East Asian Baseball Cup
The 2018 East Asia Baseball Cup was held June 24-June 28, 2018 and was a qualifier for the 2019 Asian Championship. Host Hong Kong had already qualified for the 2019 Championship. They were joined by Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.
- Hong Kong 14, Singapore 2. The hosts start off strong. Yu-Chung Leung strikes out 9 in 6 while allowing one unearned run, Ho-Nam Leung goes 4 for 4 and Wing-Sing Li goes 3 for 4 with two walks and two RBI. Jun Wen Joshua Toshifumi Tan takes the loss but does much better than the bullpen (5 R, 3 ER in 6 IP) and Ryota Wong scores both runs for Singapore.
- Thailand 9, Indonesia 5. 1B Chayaphat Suanthong goes 3 for 5 with two RBI and C John Daru homers for Thailand; Siraphop Nadee gets the win with 3 2/3 shutout innings of relief. Hadi Nur Muhammad takes the loss while DH Albefiandi Setiawan drives in a pair.
- Philippines 10, Thailand 6. The defending champions open with a win but it's a hard-fought one. Thailand burst ahead 5-0 after 5, with DH John Daru again homering; he was 2 for 2 with 3 walks, 2 runs and 2 RBI. Phraechai Sakai blanked the Philippines for four innings. The favorites rally with one in the 6th and then explode for 7 in the 9th off Wissaroot Sihamat and Phanuwat Sukmuang. Romeo Jasmin Jr. got the win in relief of Jerome Yenson. 1B Juan Lozano's two-run blast off Sukmaung is the tying hit.
- Hong Kong 12, Indonesia 2. Hong Kong kept cruising. CF/RF Ho-Lam Andy Lo drives in 4 and both SS Hoi-Ting Cheng and C Ho-Yin Benny Tam score 3. Chung-Hei Leung goes the distance. Chindy Patria Yudharana takes the loss.
- Thailand 9, Hong Kong 4. Thailand goes to 2-1 while knocking the hosts to 2-1, rallying from a 3-0 deficit after 3 1/2. Siraphop Nadee again takes the hill and gets the win, scattering 12 hits in 7 1/3 IP. C Chanatip Thongbai goes 2 for 3 with two runs and LF Suratit Faengsup hits a 3-run homer. LF Wing-Sing Li homers in a losing cause, while Chi-Kam Kenneth Chiu takes the defeat.
- Philippines 12, Singapore 1. SS Adriane Ros Bernardo goes 4 for 4 with 3 steals, a run and 2 RBI and backup 2B Jennald Pareja goes 2 for 2 with a walk, 2 runs and a RBI. Francis Gesmundo and Jon-Jon Robles allow only one hit and one walk in 6 shutout innings (8 K) before Singapore scores in the 7th off a third hurler. Jun Wen Toshifumi Tan starts again and again takes the loss. LF Ting Chuan Oscar Tay is 1 for 2 with a double, walk and run.
- Philippines 5, Indonesia 2. For the second time, the Philippines have to rally to win, but remain unbeaten. In the first, Vladimir Eguia walks RF Zidney Fahmidyan with the bases loaded to score SS Andospa Aldo Saputra. In the 5th, 1B Adi Susanto singles off Jon-Jon Robles to bring in 3B Diva Reza Fabil for a 2-0 Indonesian lead. It was the only run Robles allowed in 6 innings of relief (9 K, 7 H, 1 BB). In the bottom of the 5th, the Filipino offense finally gets to Nanda Dwi Saputra. In the 6th, a 3-run double by 2B Jerome Yenson (one of 3 hits today) breaks the game open. CF Jonash Ponce goes 2 for 3 with a double, walk and run as well.
- Thailand 17, Singapore 0. In the biggest romp so far, Thailand rolls in a 5-inning mercy rule game. Wissaroot Sihamat and Phanuwat Sukmuang combine to allow two hits, a double to losing pitcher Shi Feng Jeremy Yeo and a single to Yew Weng Kan plus one walk. CF Joseph Daru (3 R) and 2B Naruephol Muangkasem each drive in four, Daru joining his brother in having homered this Cup.
- Indonesia 11, Singapore 1. Indonesia gets their only win, defeating winless Singapore for 4th place. Andika Arlistianto gets the win with three hitless, scoreless innings of relief, LF Ranjani Ranjani goes 4 for 4 with two runs and a RBI and 2B Yana Gerhana is 2 for 3 with two walks, two steals, two runs and a RBI as a leadoff sparkplug. Ryota Wong takes the loss but scores the only run for Singapore, driven in by LF Ting Chuan Oscar Tay.
- Philippines 7, Hong Kong 5. The Philippines remain the dominant team in the East Asian Cup, now having won all three of them. It is another close affair for 2018, though. Francis Gesmundo got the win. 2B Jennald Pareja went 4 for 5 with two runs and a RBI and RF/CF Erwin Bosito was 3 for 4 with two runs and a RBI. Wing-Tung Mok took the defeat, while Yu-Chung Leung provided good relief (2 R, 1 ER in 6 IP) and DH Wing-Sing Li hit a three-run homer off Romeo Jasmin Jr.
- MVP: Francis Gesmundo, Philippines (1-0, 1.72)
- P: Jon-Jon Robles, Philippines (2-0, 1.00)
- C: Mark Manaig, Philippines (.273/.273/.364)
- 1B: Chayaphat Suanthong, Thailand (.357/.471/.500)
- 2B: Kin-Chung Tsang, Hong Kong (.375/.421/.433, 6 RBI)
- SS: Adriane Ros Bernardo, Philippines (.471/.526/.765, 3 SB, 5 R)
- 3B: Juan Alvaro Macasaet, Philippines (.250/.286/.250, 4 R)
- OF: Joseph Daru, Thailand (.333/.400/.722, 4 2B, 5 R, 7 RBI)
- OF: Zidney Fahmidyan, Indonesia (.444/.455/.667)
- OF: Shi Feng Jeremy Yeo, Singapore (.333/.566/.833)
- DH: Wing-Sing Li, Hong Kong (.533/.611/1.000, 2 HR, 7 RBI)
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