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Schoop homers and contributes in win vs. Yankees
NEW YORK, New York (USA) - Jonathan Schoop hit his first homerun of the Major League-season on Wednesday-evening (April 9). The Dutch National Team-player hit his homerun in the second inning off of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who made his first home start of the season for the New York Yankees. Schoop hit his homerun with two runners on base with two outs to give the Baltimore Orioles a 3-0 lead. In the 9th inning, he contributed in the go-ahead run, then scored himself in the 5-4 win.

...Jonathan Schoop during the...
...World Baseball Classic 2013...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the top of the second inning, Matt Wieters led off with a single for the Orioles. With one out, Steve Lombardozzi did the same. The latter was then forced out on a grounder by Ryan Flaherty and then Schoop connected for his homerun.

In the home of the second inning, the Yankees got two runs back when Carlos Beltran (lead-off) and Kelly Johnson (with two outs) homered.

In the fourth, the Yankees came alongside when Beltran scored on a grounder by Alfonso Soriano.

Schoop also was involved in the winning runs for the Orioles. In the top of the ninth inning, Ryan Flaherty led off with a double off of new pitcher Shawn Kelley, then moved to third base on a line drive single by Schoop. Flaherty then scored on a single by Nick Markakis, which brought Schoop to second base. The bases were then loaded when Delmon Young also singled. Moments later, Schoop scored the fifth Baltimore-run on a sacrifice fly by Chris Davis.

In the bottom of the 9th, the Yankees got one run back, but then Orioles then ended the game with a double play to secure the win.

For Schoop, this was his eighth game of the season for the Orioles, missing only one game. The 22-year old third baseman from Curaçao also hit two homeruns during Spring Training in 22 games. Before today's game, Schoop batted .192 (5-for-26), scored one run and had two runs batted in.

After being recalled early September last season, Schoop had to wait three weeks to make his debut. He then played in the five games for the Orioles and went 4-for-14 with one homerun.

Early last year, Schoop and the Netherlands Baseball Team faced Tanaka during the World Baseball Classic. Then, on March 12, Tanaka pitched the fifth inning in a 10-6 win for Japan, but he didn't face Schoop, who was the second baseman for the Dutch. Tanaka struckout Xander Bogaerts and Randolph Oduber. In between, Dashenko Ricardo popped out.

(April 9)

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