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Jonathan Schoop hits second Spring Training-homerun; Chris Pieters doubles

PHOENIX, Arizona / SARASOTA / BRADENTON, Florida (USA) - Three Dutch players came into action on Saturday (March 10) in Spring Training-games, two of them in Florida, one in Arizona.

Curaçao-born Minor League-player Chris Pieters was added to the squad of Chicago Cubs today and contributed with a runscoring double. Pieters brings the total to 16 Dutch players who have so far participated in Spring Training this year.

Jonathan Schoop homered for Baltimore Orioles today, which was his second one this Spring Training.

The other Dutch player who played was Ozzie Albies with Atlanta Braves.

(March 10)

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At Phoenix, Los Angeles Dodgers played at home against a split-squad of Chicago Cubs and won 6-5. Trailing 5-2, Los Angeles came alongside in the bottom of the seventh inning, then won won in the ninth. With the bases loaded and no outs, the winning run was scored on a sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano.

...Chris Pieters...
...runscoring double...
(© Photo: Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)
Earlier in the day, outfielder Chris Pieters was one of six Minor League-players who were assigned to the Cubs, who played two games today. Pieters, who is from Curaçao, was added to the squad that played against the Dodgers. He doubled and batted in a run. Last year, Pieters played in three Spring Training-games for the Cubs.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Pieters entered the game for Peter Bourjos and became the new rightfielder for the Cubs.

With Chicago leading 4-2 in the top of the seventh, D.J. Wilson singled with two outs off of reliever Yimi Garcia. After he had stolen second base, Wilson scored when Pieters followed with a double in his lone at bat in the game. That led to a pitching change and lifted the lead to 5-2, but it was not enough.

Los Angeles came alongside in the bottom of the seventh when Kiké Hernández hit a 3-run homerun. The team then won the game in the ninth inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Pieters moved from rightfield to leftfield where he completed the game.

At Sarasota, Baltimore Orioles played at home against a split-squad of Pittsburgh Pirates and won 13-5. Leading 4-2, Baltimore rallied for seven runs in the third inning. Both teams collected 12 basehits.

Jonathan Schoop started at second base for Baltimore and was 2-for-4, which included his second Spring Training-homerun. He scored twice.

Trailing 2-0, Baltimore scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning off of starter Chad Kuhl. Colby Rasmus led off with a single and Trey Mancini followed with a homerun to make it a 2-2 tie. Hereafter, Manny Machado also homered to put Baltimore ahead. With one out, Schoop hit the third homerun in the inning to make it a 4-2 score.

In the third inning, Schoop singled with one out and moved on a wild pitch. The bases then got loaded when Pedro Alvarez walked and Tim Beckham singled. A 7-run rally followed. Schoop then scored when Chance Sisco also walked, which marked the end for Kuhl. New pitcher Tyler Eppler was greeted with runscoring singles by Anthony Santander and Colby Rasmus (2-run). Later in the at bat, a run was scored on a grounder by Manny Machado and two more on a single by Adam Jones. The long inning ended when Schoop flied out in his second at bat.

Schoop popped out in the fifth and was replaced in the top of the sixth by Engelb Vielma, who took over as short stop. Ruben Tejada entered the game as new second baseman.

At Bradenton, Atlanta Braves recorded a big 15-1 win against another split-squad of Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Park. Atlanta led 8-0 halfway the sixth inning when Pittsburgh scored its lone run, which was a homerun by Jordy Mercer. Atlanta then added a 7-run rally n the top of the seventh.

Ozzie Albies was the lead-off hitter for Atlanta and started at second base. He was 1-for-4 and batted in a run.

Albies led off the game with a flyout in the top of the first inning. He then lined out to short to end the third at bat. In the fifth, Albies popped out.

With a 5-0 lead, Atlanta added three runs in the sixth. With two runners on base, Rio Ruiz delivered a runscoring single and Chris Stewart followed with a sacrifice fly. With two outs and after a pitching change, Albies brought in the third run in the inning with a single.

In the bottom of the seventh, Albies was replaced by Sean Kazmar, Jr., who also took over as second baseman.

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