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Spencer Kieboom and Chadwick Tromp deliver game-winning singles for Washington and Cincinnati

LAKELAND / KISSIMMEE, Florida / GOODYEAR / PHOENIX / MESA, Arizona (USA) - On Thursday (March 1), six players from the Netherlands got into action during Spring Training.

Spencer Kieboom and Chadwick Tromp played an important part in the wins of their teams Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds, as they delivered the game-winning singles. Kieboom gave Washington a 3-2 lead with a 2-run single, while Tromp accounted for a Cincinnati-win with a walk-off single.

The other Dutch players who played on Thursday were Ozzie Albies, Ray-Patrick Didder, Jurickson Profar and Shawn Zarraga.

(March 1)

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At Lakeland, a split-squad of Atlanta Braves won 5-2 at Detroit Tigers on Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Trailing 2-1, Atlanta took a 3-2 lead by scoring two runs in the top of the sixth inning. The team then added two more runs in the eighth at bat.

Ozzie Albies was the lead-off hitter for Atlanta and the starting second baseman. He batted 1-for-4 and scored one run.

In the top of the first inning, Albies led off the game with a double off of starter Ryan Carpenter, then stole third base moments later. After next hitter Dansby Swanson was hit by a pitch, Albies scored the first run with one out on a sacrifice by Kurt Suzuki. Hereafter, Atlanta got the bases loaded via a walk and hit batter, but the three runners were left behind when a line drive was caught in rightfield, ending the inning.

In the second inning, with two outs, it was Albies who hit a line drive into centerfield, but that also was caught and ended the at bat. In the bottom of the second, Nicholas Castellanos and Victor Martinez led off with back-to-back homeruns off of starter Sean Newcomb to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the third inning, Travis Wood took over the pitching for Detroit and made his first appearance of the season. Atlanta stranded two runners in the third, then reached base again in the fourth. With one out, Wood made a nice play on a comeback-grounder and started a rundown, which led to an inning-ending double play. After having thrown the ball to the short stop, the lefthander misstepped and fell to the ground, then stood up and hobbled off the field, accompanied by the Detroit Athletic Trainer. Wood already had been sidelined recovering from an injury to his right hand. In the hospital, it was revealed that Wood had torn his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and medial meniscus in his left knee, which probably means the end of the season for the pitcher. During this Spring Training, Wood was a non-roster player after having signed a Minor League-contract with the Tigers. Wood pitched in the Majors for the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.

In the top of the fifth, off of new pitcher Joe Jimenez, Albies led off and flied out. In the sixth, Atlanta re-took the lead when Austin Riley hit a 2-run homerun. With a runner on second base and two outs, the inning ended when Albies struckout. In the bottom of the seventh, Albies was replaced by Sean Kazmar, who became the new short stop. Venezuelan Cleuluis Rondon took over at second base. In the eighth, Rondon hit a 2-run homerun to lift the lead to 5-2.

At Kissimmee, another split-squad of Atlanta Braves played at home against Washington Nationals and lost 6-2. Atlanta led 2-0 after four innings, but Washington then scored four runs in the fifth and added two in the next at bat.

Spencer Kieboom started as designated hitter for Washington and had another fine outing. He was 1-for-3 and batted in two runs.

In the top of the third inning, Kieboom struckout.

Trailing 2-0, Washington turned the game its way in the fifth. José Marmolejos led off with a double, then Pedro Severino reached on an error. The two moved on a grounder by Andrew Stevenson, then a run was scored on a single by Kelvin Gutierrez. The bases got loaded when Reid Brignac walked. Hereafter, Washington took a 3-2 lead when Kieboom delivered a 2-run single. That led to a pitching change, but Washington added another run on a grounder by Brian Goodwin. The inning ended when Kieboom was eliminated at third base trying to advance on a wild pitch.

Kieboom flied out in the seventh inning, then was replaced by pinch-hitter Jhonatan Solano in the ninth. Solano became the new designated hitter.

In the top of the eighth, Ray-Patrick Didder became the new second baseman for Atlanta, replacing Charlie Culberson. Didder made a throwing error on a grounder from Atlanta's lead-off hitter, then grounded out himself in the bottom of the eighth in his lone at bat.

...Chadwick Tromp...
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At Goodyear, Cincinnati Reds played at home against Chicago White Sox and won 8-7. Chicago led 6-1 halfway the fifth inning. Cincinnati then scored two runs in the fifth and sixth inning, but Chicago added a run in the top of the ninth. Trailing 7-5, Cincinnati scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win.

In the top of the ninth inning, Chadwick Tromp entered the game. He replaced Stuart Turner to become the third catcher in the game for Cincinnati.

In the bottom of the ninth, José Ruiz took over the pitching for Cincinnati, which was leading 7-5. He gave up a lead-off single to Cliff Pennington, then a homerun to Brandon Dixon, which made it a 7-7 score. Next hitter Alex Blandino also singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, Blandino moved to third base on a grounder by Shed Long.

Hereafter, Ruiz was relieved by Brian Clark, who began with a stikeout. But Clark then gave up a walk-off single to Tromp, which gave Cincinnati an 8-7 victory.

At Phoenix, Los Angeles Dodgers played at home against Cleveland Indians and lost 8-7. Leading 2-1, Los Angeles rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to make it a 7-1 score. The first three runs in the at bat were scored on a homerun by Jake Peter. But in the top of the eighth, Cleveland scored six runs on two 2-run singles, a wild pitch and another single to come alongside. The team then scored again in the ninth on a single by Giovanny Urshela to win.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Shawn Zarraga was inserted as pinch-hitter for designated hitter Joc Pederson with runners on first and second base and one out. Zarraga grounded into a double play to end the at bat.

In the bottom of the seventh, after Jake Peter had hit his 3-run homerun, Cristian Santana doubled with one out. Hereafter, Yusniel Diaz walked with two outs, which led to a pitching change. D.J. Brown took over, but he gave up runscoring singles to Keibert Ruiz and Zarraga (the new DH), which increased the lead to 7-1.

At Mesa, a split-squad of Texas Rangers played at Oakland Athletics and won 9-4 at Hohokam Stadium. Texas scored three runs in the second inning and led 5-0 halfway the fifth. Oakland then scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to narrow the deficit to 5-4. Texas took more distance in the following at bats and held Oakland scoreless.

Jurickson Profar was the second baseman for Texas and played the entire game. He was 1-for-4 with a walk and scored a run.

In the top of the first inning, Drew Robinson led off for Texas with a walk, but hereafter, Profar grounded into a double play.

In the third, Profar led off with a walk and advanced on a single by Nomar Mazara. Hereafter, Lou Trivino took over the pitching, but he got the bases loaded when he walked Joey Gallo. A strikeout followed, but Profar then scored on a force play-grounder by Carlos Tocci.

In the top of the fourth, Texas added a run on a sacrifice fly from Robinson. Profar then singled, but was left behind.

In the sixth, Profar flied out and in the eighth, he grounded into another double play in his final at bat in the game.

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