The Netherlands appeared to be off to a good start with a successful first at bat.
Starting pitcher Diegomar Markwell retired the side in the top of the first inning.
He was then supported with a run, as the Orange-squad opened the score in its first at bat without hitting a basehit.
Chris Garia led off for the Netherlands and reached on an error.
Hereafter, Taiwanese starter Yao-Tso Kao walked Stijn van der Meer, but then got a double play-grounder from Dwayne Kemp.
On this, Garia advanced to third base, but there were two outs.
Moments later, Garia scored on a wild pitch.
The pitch was way high, the catcher didn't know where the ball was, the pitcher came in too late and Garia simply was fast enough to score.
Kao closed with a strikeout, but the run he gave up was to be the lone one in the game for a long time.
And even appeared to the decisive.
But that changed in the ninth inning.
In the next innings, the Netherlands got only three more runners in scoring position and recorded only three basehits.
In the second inning, with one out, Nick Urbanus doubled, but was left behind on second base.
Kao retired the side in the third (two strikeouts), then the Taipei-defense turned another double play in the fourth.
With one out in the fifth, rookie Rowan van Hoek reached on an infield-hit, then Rachid Engelhardt was hit by a pitch with two outs.
They also stranded.
Chih-Hung Cheng took over the Taipei-pitching in the sixth and he also retired the side.
The Orange got into scoring position again in the bottom of the seventh.
Dudley Leonora led off with a bunt-single and Rowan van Hoek walked with one out.
But again, these runners were left behind.
The Netherlands was unable to take more distance, was retired in order again in the eighth and was still leading only 1-0 when the ninth inning began.
On the other hand, Chinese Taipei also got several oppportunities to do some scoring, but was held scoreless for eight innings.
Orange-starter Diegomar Markwell threw seven solid innings.
In the second through fifth inning, the lefthander got several baserunners, but the defense prevented them to score.
In the second at bat, two Taiwanese baserunners were eliminated after a pick-off by Markwell.
Taiwan got into scoring position from the third inning on.
The Asian squad left a runner behind on second base in the third.
In the fourth, Markwell gave up two singles with two outs, but the lead runner was then forced out at third base.
In the fifth, Taiwanese runners were left behind on first and second base.
Markwell then retired the side in the sixth and seventh inning.
With an 1-0 lead, Berry van Driel took over the Orange-pitching in the eighth.
With two outs, he hit a batter, then gave up a single, but this inning also ended with a force out at third base.
And so, Taipei had left seven runners behind in the first eight innings and had not reached third base yet.
In the ninth inning, Taipei struck and turned the game its way.
Loek van Mil took the mound for the Netherlands and ran into problems quickly.
The righthander had been sidelined with a back-injury for most of the season and had made only two appearances for Curaçao Neptunus in the previous two weeks.
He also pitched one inning last Wednesday in the exhibition-game against Germany.
In the ninth, Van Mil gave up a lead-off single to Chia-Wei Huang, who moved on a sacrifice bunt, then reached third base on a passed ball.
Hereafter, .Chun-Kai Liao singled, enabling Huang to score the tying run.
Yi-Hung Chen then followed with another single, which led to runners on first and third base.
A sacrifice fly by Tzu-Chieh Lin gave Taipei a 2-1.
When Van Mil walked next batter Ju-Liang Tai, he was relieved by Mike Bolsenbroek.
He also walked Ching-Han Ko, which loaded the bases, but then closed the at bat with a strikeout.
However, the Netherlands now trailed 2-1!
In the bottom of the ninth, Chih-Hung Cheng, who had given up only one basehit in the previous three innings, retired the side to end the game.