Lack of offense continued to trouble Taiwan's national baseball team three games into a four-game exhibition series against Cuba, Italy, Canada, and the Netherlands, as the squad prepares for the Athens Olympics.
\nThe warm-up sessions were played in Nettuno, a small town near Rome.
\nTeam Taiwan only managed to collect two hits in its 4-0 loss to Cuba on Friday, despite a decent showing by a pitching staff that yielded four runs on seven hits.
\nCuba is favored to win the gold medal in Athens later this month.
\nA lack of familiarity with the Cuban pitchers was the main reason that Team Taiwan had trouble against the "Red Storm," striking out 14 times under the hot summer sun in Nettuno.
\nFortunately for Team Taiwan, starter Chuang Hung-liang (
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