Third exhibition win for Dutch Team
LA CHORRERA (Panama) -
On Wednesday-afternoon, September 28, with temperatures rising to 37 degrees Celsius, the Dutch Baseball Team registered its third exhibition win in three days as part of its preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Panama.
After winning 10-6 vs. Venezuela and 6-5 vs. Panama, the Dutch squad today won 6-2 vs. Taiwan, which on Sunday will be the first opponent during the Championship.
Rob Cordemans, Diegomar Markwell, Leon Boyd and Orlando Yntema pitched for the squad of Manager Brian Farley.
Cordemans struckout two batters, walked none and gave up no hits in the two innings he pitched.
The veteran righthander was backed with enough run-support, as the Dutch team scored five runs in the first two at bats.
With this, Cordemans earned the win in this game.
No, the rule that a starting pitcher has to throw at least five innings to become the winning pitcher, is not in use for exhibition (or practice) games.
In those games (as in All Star Games), pitchers throw a specific amount of innings (or number of pitches), meaning a starter gets the win when he leaves with his team leading (and of course keeps on top) whatever the amount of innings he throws.
In the third inning, Markwell took over.
The lefthander went five innings in which he gave up six basehits and walked one batter, while striking out none.
In the seventh inning, Markwell gave up the first Taiwanese run.
In the eighth inning, Boyd became the new pitcher and gave up two hits and one run.
Yntema pitched the ninth inning, struckout one and gave up two basehits.
Curt Smith and Dwayne Kemp homered in today's game in which the Dutch team scored twice in the first inning (thanks to the homerun by Smith), then added three runs in the second at bat.
Hereafter, Taiwanese pitching held the Dutch scoreless for the next four innings, but then another run was added in the seventh inning when Kemp homered to make it 6-0.
Taiwan then got a run back in the seventh and eighth inning.
While losing, Taiwan outhit the Dutch, 8-7, in this game, which was watched by some 100 spectators in the Estadio Justino Salínas in La Chorrera.
Jonathan Schoop, who on Monday was honored as the Minor League Player of the Year in the organisation of the Baltimore Orioles, made his debut in the Dutch squad, playing at third base.
In today's game, the starting line-up was as follows:
Dwayne Kemp (LF, 2-for-5), Mariekson Gregorius (SS, 2-for-3), Sidney de Jong (DH, 0-for-3), Curt Smith (1B, 1-for-3), Jonathan Schoop (3B, 0-for-3), Sharlon Schoop (2B, 0-for-1), Bryan Engelhardt (RF, 1-for-3), Shawn Zarraga (C, 0-for-2) and Shaldimar Daantji (CF, 1-for-2).
During the game, Xander Bogaerts (who batted 0-for-2) came in for Gregorius and played at short, Vince Rooi (who batted 0-for-0) replaced Jonathan Schoop at third base, Michael Duursma (0-for-1) entered the game for Sharlon Schoop at second base, Danny Rombley (0-for-0) replaced Engelhardt in rightfield, Bas Nooij (0-for-0) took over the catching for Zarraga and Kalian Sams (0-for-2) was brought in for Daantji and played in centerfield.
Farley used all 15 position players on his roster in this game.
So far, pitchers Arshwin Asjes, Berry van Driel and Nick Stuifbergen are the only three players who have been used yet.
The Dutch team plays another exhibition game against Venezuela on Thursday.
After completion of Thursday's game and before handing in the official roster for the World Championship on Friday, two players will be cut from the roster to bring it back to 24.
|...Today's pitchers Rob Cordemans (2 innings), Diegomar Markwell (5), Leon Boyd (1) and Orlando Yntema (1)...|
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)