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Neptunus shuts out Amsterdam Pirates; Umpire Henri van Heijningen decorated

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Curaçao Neptunus shutout league-leader L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8-0 on Saturday-afternoon (July 7) in the second game of their 3-game series. With the win, Neptunus moved back to first place, while Pirates dropped to second position.

Orlando Yntema went the distance for Neptunus and gave up only two basehits. Neptunus collected 14 basehits, including four by Stijn van der Meer.

For Amsterdam, this was its first loss in a day-game of the season. The team suffered its previous three losses in evening-games.

On Thursday, Neptunus nipped Amsterdam 4-3 in the opener of the series.

The series will be completed on Sunday in Amsterdam. Thereafter, the regular season will be interrupted for the 29th edition of the Baseball Week Haarlem, which opens on Friday, July 13.

Before today's game, veteran umpire Henri van Heijningen was honored by the Royal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB). On June 23, Van Heijningen officiated in his 700th official regular season-game at the highest level. Last week, he represented the Netherlands as umpire at the Prague Baseball Week in Czech capital Prague.

Van Heijningen is an umpire for 36 years now and is active in his 28th season at the big league-level. For his long career, Van Heijningen was named Member of Merit of the KNBSB. The decoration was handed out by Mark Herbold, who two weeks ago was installed as the new President of the KNBSB.

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Veteran righthander Orlando Yntema dominated for Neptunus and threw a complete game 2-hitter, needing only 114 pitches. Yntema took a No-Hitter into the sixth inning, but eventually gave up two basehits, which were hit by the Draijer-brothers. For Yntema, this was his first complete game since June 25, 2016 when he threw all nine innings in a 2-0 shutout against HCAW.

Amsterdam not only was held scoreless by Yntema, it also didn't get a runner into scoring position, which is very rare!

Another rare statistic, the Amsterdam-defense made three errors. The last time that happened was on May 6 of last year in a game against De Glaskoning Twins.

Neptunus struck with four runs in the bottom of the third inning off of starter Rob Cordemans. The veteran righthander has a minor injury and missed his start in last week's series against Quick Amersfoort. Today, he was pitching on a pitch-count, but ran into problems in the third. With one out, he got the bases loaded when Gregory Muller singled, Jochem Koedijk walked and Stijn van der Meer also singled. On a tough grounder towards second base by Benjamin Dille, a force play at second base followed, but everyone was safe and so, Neptunus opened the score. Hereafter, Dwayne Kemp added a runscoring single, Gianison Boekhoudt followed with a sacrifice fly and Dudley Leonora also recorded an RBI-single. That marked the end for Cordemans, who was relieved by Robin Schel. He got an inning-ending grounder, but Amsterdam trailed 4-0.

Neptunus added another run in the fourth when, with one out, Gregory Muller singled, stole second base and scored on a 2-out single by Stijn van der Meer.

In the fifth at bat, a single by Quintin De Cuba lifted the lead to 6-0. Neptunus failed to take some more distance and left three runners behind.

Neptunus scored two more runs in the sixth. With one out, Benjamin Dille singled, which was followed by a pitching change. Daan Hendrix took over the Amsterdam-pitching and was greeted with a single by Dwayne Kemp. Hereafter, Gianison Boekhoudt also singled, which moved the other two runners. A throwing error towards second base followed, which enabled Dille to score and brought Kemp to third base. The ball was picked up by leftfielder Victor Draijer, who eliminated Boekhoudt at second base when he also tried to advance on the error. Moments later, Kemp scored on a infield-hit by Dudley Leonora to make it an 8-0 score.

Amsterdam was never able to threaten and score a run off of Orlando Yntema, who faced only three batters above the minimum in a 9-inning game.

After having retired the side in the first inning, Yntema walked Linoy Croes with one out in the second at bat, but was then supported with a double play. From this moment on, Yntema retired eight batters in row. With one out in the fifth, he again walked Croes, but this time, he stranded on first base.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Yntema's No-Hitter ended when Victor Draijer singled. His brother Remco Draijer then lined out to second baseman Benjamin Dille, who was able to make an unassisted double play.

Amsterdam got its fourth baserunner in the game with one out in the eighth when Rashid Gerard walked. But he also didn't get beyond first base.

In the top of the ninth inning, Yntema gave up his second basehit. With one out, Remco Draijer singled. Yntema followed with a strikeout, then flyout ended the game.

Curaçao Neptunus - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8-0
L&D Amsterdam Pirates000000000-023
Curaçao Neptunus00411200X-8140
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans,L (4-1)2.2-1544

Robin Schel2.2-2533

Daan Hendrix2.2--41-

pitcher Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Orlando Yntema, W (7-1)9532--
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel, 1B-Martijn Bosschaart,
3B-Henri van Heijningen.
Official Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Francis Speters.
Technical Commissioner-Paul Bokern.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:23 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Umpire Henri van Heijningen is named Member of Merit of the KNBSB before the game; The decoration is handed out by KNBSB-President Mark Herbold.
Fakir Boekhoudt (Neptunus) makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 24,6° C (76,3° F); wind direction north-northwest;
wind speed 11 kmh (6,8 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 37%.

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