Netherlands vs. Sangmu Baseball Team (KBO Army)
In today's game, Didi Gregorius was the starting short stop for the Orange squad, while Andrelton Simmons was the designated hitter.
That was the other way around in the game on Friday.
There also was a switch at first base, where Yurendell de Caster started instead of Curt Smith.
On Friday, Smith started and De Caster took over halfway.
Earlier in the day, Dashenko Ricardo returned after a long travel-day from Curaçao, where he had attended the funeral of his father.
Ricardo started today's game as catcher.
As Ricardo was not with the team on Friday, Chadwick Tromp entered the game as a replacement for starting catcher Shawn Zarraga.
Tromp is with the team as Bullpen Catcher and also will have that position during the WBC.
During the trainingcamp in Arizona, Tromp was one of the players on the Netherlands roster.
Last year, Tromp, who plays in the organization of the Cincinnati Reds, made his debut in the Netherlands Team and was part of the squad that captured the title at the European Championship in Hoofddorp (Netherlands).
...Today's game was played again at...|
...the Gocheok Sky Dome...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Today's game was played again in Gocheok Sky Dome, the immense indoor stadium in Seoul, which also will be the site for the games during the Classic.
The Kingdom Team opened the score and took an early lead in the first inning.
Andrelton Simmons led off with a double and scored on a single by next hitter Jurickson Profar.
However, the Korean opponent came alongside in the bottom of the first inning off of starter Orlando Yntema.
Eung-min Kim and Seung-min Choi led off with singles to put runners at the corners.
Choi was then caught stealing, but with two outs, Kim scored the tying run on a triple by Dae-in Hwang.
After being retired in order in the second, the Netherlands got the bases loaded in the third innning.
With two outs, Jurickson Profar singled, Xander Bogaerts reached on an error and Wladimir Balentien walked.
But hereafter, Jonathan Schoop struckout.
The Netherlands re-took the lead in the fifth inning.
Randolph Oduber led off with a single, then scored on an one-out double by Jurickson Profar, who had three hits today and batted in both Dutch runs.
However, the Netherlands offense was unable to take more distance in the following innings.
The Netherlands outhit the Korean opponent 10-7, but left too many runners behind.
With two outs in the sixth, Yurendell de Caster doubled and Dashenko Ricardo was hit by a pitch, but were left behind.
In the seventh, Xander Bogaerts singled with two outs and stranded.
In the eighth, Jonathan Schoop stranded on second base.
Yntema threw the first two innings for the Netherlands and then was relieved by Lars Huijer.
He retired the side in both innings he pitched and struckout two batters.
Hereafter, Juan Carlos Sulbaran took over in the fifth inning.
With one out, Yong-ye Choi singled, then Sulbaran gave up a 2-run homerun to Sang-chul Moon, which made it 3-2 in favor of the Korean opponent.
After Sulbaran had retired the side in the sixth, Tom de Blok became the next pitcher for the Netherlands in the seventh.
De Blok saw the KBO Army Team add another run.
He gave up a lead-off single to Chang-jin Lee, who then scored with one out on a sacrifice fly by Yong-ye Choi, which made it a 4-2 score.
Jim Ploeger and Loek van Mil then closed the game on the mound for the Orange squad.
Both gave up a basehit, but no additional runs.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the ninth, the Netherlands got the bases loaded again.
With one out, Andrelton Simmons singled, then Sharlon Schoop reached on a fielder's choice and Stijn van der Meer walked.
But the inning ended when Kalian Sams grounded into a double play.
The following players got into action today:
Andrelton Simmons (DH-SS, 2-for-5, double, run), Jurickson Profar (CF, 3-for-3, double, 2 RBI's), Sharlon Schoop (CF, 0-for-2, strikeout), Xander Bogaerts (3B, 1-for-4, strikeout), Stijn van der Meer (3B, 0-for-0, walk), Wladimir Balentien (RF, 0-for-2, walk, strikeout), Kalian Sams (RF, 0-for-2, strikeout), Jonathan Schoop (2B, 1-for-4, double, strikeout), Didi Gregorius (SS-DH, 1-for-4), Yurendell de Caster (1B, 1-for-3, double), Curt Smith (1B, 0-for-1), Dashenko Ricardo (C, 0-for-2, hit by pitch), Shawn Zarraga (C, 0-for-1), Randolph Oduber (LF, 1-for-3, run, strikeout), Dwayne Kemp (LF, 0-for-1).