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Jonathan Schoop homers for Baltimore

KISSIMMEE / SARASOTA / TAMPA, Florida / SURPRISE, Arizona (USA) - On Monday (February 26), several players from the Netherlands got into action again in Major League Spring Training-games.

Jonathan Schoop hit a 3-run homerun for Baltimore Orioles, but his team lost 8-6.

The other Dutch players who played on Monday were Ozzie Albies, Didi Gregorius, Spencer Kieboom and Jurickson Profar.

(February 26)

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At Kissimmee, Atlanta Braves won 2-1 against Washington Nationals, playing at home in Champion Stadium, which is located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort.

Atlanta took an 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, then added a run in the sixth at bat. Washington scored its lone run in the top of the ninth inning.

Ozzie Albies started as second baseman for Atlanta and was 2-for-3. With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Albies singled off of starter Erick Fedde, then moved to third base on a single by Freddie Freeman, but a double play ended the at bat. Albies then led off the third inning off of new pitcher Brady Dragmire with his second single, but he was eliminated when the Nationals turned another double play. Albies struckout in the fifth, then was replaced by Sean Kazmar in the top of the sixth.

Spencer Kieboom was the designated hitter for Washington, hitting ninth in the line-up and played the entire game. Kieboom, who singled twice on Sunday, was 0-for-4 today.

In the top of the third inning, Kieboom led off and lined out to leftfield. He struckout in the fifth and flied out in the seventh. In his fourth at bat, in the ninth, Kieboom grounded out.

...Jonathan Schoop...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
At Sarasota, Baltimore Orioles lost 8-6 to Detroit Tigers playing at home in Ed Smith Stadium.

Baltimore took an 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Trey Mancini homered, but Detroit responded with a 5-run rally in the second at bat. Baltimore narrowed the deficit to 5-4 by scoring three runs in the fourth when Jonathan Schoop homered. Leading 6-5 after six innings, Detroit took some more distance in the seventh by scoring two more runs.

Detroit collected 15 basehits, including three by Cuban Leonys Martin, who also scored once and batted in a run. In 2009, Martin participated with the National Team of Cuba in the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam (Netherlands). Martin plays in the Major League since 2011. After five seasons with Texas Rangers, he played for Seattle Mariners (2016-2017) and Chicago Cubs (2017). In December, the outfielder signed with Detroit.

...Leonys Martin playing for Cuba at the 2009...
...World Port Tournament in Rotterdam...
...At right is Dutch 1B Mark-Jan Moorman...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Jonathan Schoop had a productive afternoon for Baltimore. He was the starting second baseman and batted 2-for-3, including the above mentioned 3-run homerun.

In the bottom of the second inning, Schoop grounded out in his first at bat. In the fourth inning, Spencer Turnbull took the mound for the Tigers. With one out, he gave up a single to Manny Machado, then walked Chris Davis with two outs. Hereafter, Schoop drove the ball over the leftfield-fence for a 3-run homerun.

With one out in the sixth inning, Adam Jones singled for Baltimore, then Schoop singled with two outs. Hereafter, Garabez Rosa replaced Schoop as pinch-runner at first base. A run was then scored when a throwing error followed an infield-hit by Mark Trumbo, but two runners were left behind when a flyout ended the at bat.

At Tampa, New York Yankees won 4-3 against Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a 2-out, walk-off homerun by Miguel Andujar. Earlier in the game, the 22-year old Dominincan delivered a pinch-hit runscoring double to tie the score at 2-2 in the seventh inning. Andujar made his Major League-debut last year playing in five games for the Yankees. The third baseman then batted 4-for-7 with two doubles and batted in four runs.

Didi Gregorius was the starting short stop for the Yankees, hitting in fifth place behind Giancarlo Stanton, who tonight was the designated hitter. Gregorius batted 0-for-2.

In the second inning, Gregorius led off with a grounder. In the fifth inning, he again led off and this time, he was struckout by new pitcher Francisco Rodriguez. In the top of the seventh inning, Kyle Holder replaced Gregorius as new short stop.

At Surprise, Texas Rangers was outscored 9-6 by visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Texas took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Los Angeles then scored three runs in the second, fifth and sixth inning to take a 9-2 lead and turn the game its way.

Jurickson Pofar started for Texas as short stop and was 0-for-3. In the bottom of the first inning, Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo opened with walks for Texas, but hereafter, Profar flied out. That moved DeShields to third base and he scored when next hitter Nomar Mazara singled. Choo later scored the second run in the at bat in a double-steal situation.

Profar struckout in the third inning, then got his next at bat with runners on first and second base with one out in the fifth. He faced Pat Venditte, who throws both right- and lefthanded, depanding the stance of the hitter. Throwing righthanded against Profar, he struckout the Curaçao-born player. Hereafter, Venditte turned to his lefthand and also struckout next hitter Nomar Mazara to close the at bat.

In the top of the sixth, Profar was replaced as short stop by Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

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