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Three hits and two runs by Dutch players in Spring Training

PORT CHARLOTTE / JUPITER / FORT MYERS, Florida / PHOENIX / SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY / SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (USA) - On Wednesday (March 7), five Dutch players participated in the Major League Spring Training-games in Florida and Arizona. They produced three basehits, two runs and a stolen base.

The five players were Xander Bogaerts, Spencer Kieboom, Jurickson Profar, Jonathan Schoop and Chadwick Tromp.

(March 7)

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At Port Charlotte, Baltimore Orioles won 7-2 at Tampa Bay Rays. Baltimore broke a 2-2 tie with a 5-run rally in the top of the fifth inning.

Jonathan Schoop was the starting second baseman for Baltimore. He batted 0-for-1, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs.

Schoop popped out in the first inning. With Baltimore trailing 1-0, Schoop led off with a walk in the fourth inning off of new pitcher Anthony Banda, who took over from starter Blake Snell. Moments later, Schoop scored the tying run when Danny Valencia followed with a double. With one out, Valencia also scored on a single by Austin Hays, but Tampa Bay came alongside in its fourth at bat.

In the fifth inning, Baltimore got the bases loaded quickly. Austin Wynns and Engelb Vielma walked, which brought in Yonny Chirinos to relief Banda. He was greeted with a single from Craig Gentry that loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly from Tim Beckman then gave Baltimore a renewed lead. The bases were loaded again when Schoop was hit by a pitch. Hereafter, Danny Valencia delivered a 2-run double and Anthony Santander followed with a 2-run single that made it a 7-5 score. Later in the bat, Baltimore again got the bases loaded when it also had two outs, but these three runners were left behind when a strikeout ended the inning.

Schoop was replaced in the bottom of the sixth by Cedric Mullins, who became the new centerfielder. Ruben Tejada entered the game as new second baseman.

In Jupiter, Washington Nationals played at St. Louis Cardinals and ended up short, losing 4-3. Washington led 2-1 halfway the seventh, but then St. Louis scored twice. In the eighth, Washington re-took the lead only to see the home team also scored again in its eighth at bat.

Spencer Kieboom played as catcher and was 1-for-1 for the Nationals.

Kieboom entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning for third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez and took over behind the plate for Matt Wieters.

With Tampa Bay leading 3-2, Chris Dominguez led off the eighth inning for Washington with a single. With two outs, Kieboom got his lone at bat and also singled. Hereafter, the bases got loaded when Osvaldo Abreu walked and Washington came alongside when next hitter Reid Brignac also walked. That led to a pitching change. The inning then ended when Kieboom was eliminated at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch.

At Fort Myers, a split-squad of Boston Red Sox played at home against Minnesota Twins and lost 8-1. Minnesota rallied for four runs in the top of the first inning and collected 15 basehits.

Boston produced only four basehits in the game, including one by Xander Bogaerts, who was the starting short stop. He was 1-for-3.

Bogaerts led off the second inning and then flied out. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Hanley Ramirez led off for Boston with a single. With one out, he moved to third base on a single by Bogaerts. Hereafter, Ramirez scored Boston's lone run on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Moreland.

In the seventh, Bogaerts led off again and this time, he flied out. He was then replaced in the top of the eighth by Brett Netzer, who became the new second baseman. Jeremy Rivera was inserted as new short stop.

At Phoenix, Cincinnati Reds played at Chicago White Sox and lost a highscoring game with a 14-12 score. There were 30 basehits in the game, including 16 by the ChiSox.

Cincinnati opened the score with five runs in the top of the first inning, then Chicago answered with three in its first at bat. The Reds added four more runs in the second, while Chicago scored four runs from the second through fourth inning. After seven innings, Cincinnati led 12-9, but then Chicago rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to turn the game its way.

Chadwick Tromp was one of the two Cincinnati-catchers and was 1-for-1.

Tromp entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, replacing starting catcher Tucker Barnhart.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Tromp singled, but he stranded on first base.

At Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community/Scottsdale, Texas Rangers visited Colorado Rockies and lost 5-4. Colorado led 5-0 after three innings, but then was held scoreless. Texas came back with runs in the fourth and fifth inning, then narrowed the deficit to 5-4 in the eighth.

In the top of the sixth inning, with one out, first baseman Joey Gallo walked for Texas. Hereafter, Jurickson Profar was inserted as pinch-runner for Gallo. With two outs, Profar stole second base, but then was left behind.

Profar remained in the game and became the new first baseman for Texas in the bottom of the sixth.

Profar got his lone at bat in the eighth. He then was the lead-off hitter and grounded out. Hereafter, Ryan Rua homered to make it 5-4 score.

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