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Netherlands Team closes Premier12 with loss against Mexico in farewell-game Tom Stuifbergen

ZAPOPAN, Jalisco (Mexico) - The Netherlands Baseball Team closed Pool A of the Premier12 on Tuesday-evening (November 5) with a 10-2 loss against Mexico.

It was another big loss, but that could have been avoided this time. Mexico scored four of the runs in the first three innings, then was held scoreless in the middle three innings. The Mexicans then added six unearned runs in the seventh and eighth inning combined as a result of three costly errors. One of the first four runs also was unearned due to an error.

The Orange Team collected seven basehits, but only one of them was hit in the first six innings, which was a double in the second inning by Gilmer Lampe. The Netherlands left twelve runners behind, including nine in scoring position.

With this game, the tournament ended for the Netherlands, while Mexico now will travel to Japan for the Super Round.

The Netherlands Team could not convince in the first two games of the event and suffered two big losses. In the Opening Game on Saturday, the team was shutout 9-0 by the USA. The next day, the Orange-squad lost 14-4 in seven innings against the Dominican Republic. This was the first mercy-rule loss in a big tournament since 2013. Last week, the team also lost an exhibiton game with a 10-run difference, losing 12-2 to the USA.

Mexico opened the tournament on Saturday-evening with a 6-1 win against the Dominican Republic. The game started late due to rain and was halted definitively with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. On Sunday, Mexico recorded a convincing 8-2 win against the USA to claim first place and advance to the Super Round. Due to this win, the Netherlands was eliminated.

On Monday-evening, the USA won 10-8 against the Dominicans to become the second team to advance to the Super Round, which opens on November 11. The USA led 8-2 halfway the fourth inning.

On Tuesday-evening, the first two games were played in Pool B in Taiwan. There, host Chinese Taipei won 6-1 against Puerto Rico, while Japan outscored Venezuela 8-4. Pool C in South Korea opens on Wednesday.

The two best teams of each Pool advance to the Super Round. The highest ranked teams from the Americas and Asia/Oceania will qualify for next years Olympic Games in Japan. So far, host Japan and Israel have qualified. Israel qualified in September by winning the Africa/Europe Olympic Qualifier in Italy. There, the Netherlands also ended up short and finished in second place. With that, the Orange Team gets a second chance to reach the Olympics via a Global Olympic Qualifier in March next year in Taiwan.

...Tom Stuifbergen pitched in his final game for the Orange...
...On the photo, he pitches in the 2017 World Baseball Classic...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Tonight's game was the final one in the international career of Dutch pitcher Tom Stuifbergen. The righthander, who turned 31 in September, made his debut in the Netherlands Team in 2006 during the European Baseball Series when he was the starting pitcher in a 3-0 win against Italy. In the following seven years (2007-2013), Stuifbergen was not available for the National Team in the Summer, as he was playing professionally in the USA in the organization of the Minnesota Twins. Besides that, he missed most of the 2007 and 2008 seasons due to an injury.

Since 2009, Stuifbergen participated in most of the big international tournaments with the Netherlands. And he had a successful international career and was used as a starter, reliever and closer. In 2011, he was a member of the team that captured the title at the World Championship in Panama. Stuifbergen also participated in three World Baseball Classics (2009, 2013, 2017), reaching the Semi-Finals in the last two. He also participated in three European Championships, winning the title with the Orange Team in 2014 and this year.

Stuifbergen played in only two Haarlem Baseball Weeks (2006, 2016), but both times, the Netherlands ended up in first place. This year, Stuifbergen participated in his lone World Port Tournament, which also was won by the Netherlands. Last year, he pitched for the team which then won the first edition of the Super6. Stuifbergen also pitched in two Intercontinental Cups and in both the first (2015) and second (current) Premier12. In total, Tom Stuifbergen pitched in 48 games for the Netherlands.

(November 5)

Related Articles:
Netherlands eliminated for Super Round Premier12. (November 3)
Netherlands loses big vs. Dominicans in 2nd game Premier12. (November 3)
Netherlands suffers big shutout-loss in Premier12-opener vs. USA. (November 2)
Netherlands Team wins rainshortened exhibition game in Mexico. (October 31)
Netherlands Team plays first exhibition game in Mexico. (October 30)
Hensley Meulens returns as Orange-Manager for Premier12; Roster announced. (October 14)

Mexico took an early lead in the first inning, scoring two runs off of Tom Stuifbergen, who got the starting assignment from Manager Hensley Meulens, as this was his farewell-game in the Netherlands Team. Next year, the righthander will focus more on his study at the Police Academy.

In the bottom of the first inning, Stuifbergen gave up a lead-off single to Jonathan Jones (Mexican League). Next batter Noah Perio (Mexican League) then lined a single through the middle, which moved Jones to third base. While the ball was hit towards centerfielder Roger Bernadina, rightfielder Kalian Sams ran in front of him to field the ball, but then made a high throw to third base. The ball ended up in the stands, meaning both runners were awarded an additional base on the overthrow. Jones scored and Perio moved to third base, as he already had advanced on the throw. Moments later, Perio scored the second run on a grounder by Efrén Navarro (Released, Triple-A, Chicago Cubs), who played in the Major League for Los Angeles Angels (2011-2015), Detroit Tigers (2017) and Chicago Cubs (2018). Stuifbergen then struckout the next batter and made the third out himself on a grounder to second base in what was his final inning on the mound in an Orange-uniform.

The Netherlands had also reached base in its first at bat, but stranded two runners. With two outs, Chadwick Tromp reached on an error, then Sharlon Schoop was walked by starter Arturo Reyes (Triple-A, Tampa Bay Rays). But he then closed by striking out Kalian Sams, by the way made a rare move while hitting. When making a check-swing, he signaled himself to the first base umpire, instead what is normally done by the catcher. American 1B Umpire Jeffrey Macias raised his fist to signal a swing had been made, which gave Sams his second strike.

In the second inning, again with two outs, the next Orange-batter reached base. Gilmer Lampe then hit the ball in short rightfield. There, Noah Perio made a diving attempt, but barely missed the ball. And with that, Lampe ended up on second base with a double. But Reyes then closed the inning with a strikeout for Dwayne Kemp. Earlier in this inning, Mexican catcher Roman Sólis was his on his right-knee by a foul-ball from lead-off hitter Curt Smith. A 5-minute delay followed, but the 32-year old veteran stayed in the game.

In the bottom of the second, now facing new pitcher Juan Carlos Sulbaran, Sólis led off with a double. He moved on a grounder, but then stayed behind.

In the top of the third inning, with a full count on lead-off hitter Roger Bernadina, Sólis did leave the game out of precaution. Moments later, Bernadina walked, but he was forced out on a grounder by Ray-Patrick Didder. He then stole second base, but was left behind.

In the bottom of the third inning, Mexico added two runs off of Shairon Martis. He was greeted with a single by Jonathan Jones, who was then caught stealing. Next batter Noah Perio then also singled and scored on a following double by Efrén Navarro. With one out, Matthew Clark (Mexican League) walked and new catcher Jesus Araiza followed with a runscoring single to make it a 4-0 score.

...Gilmer Lampe's double in the 2nd inning was the lone...
...Orange-basehit in the first six innings...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The Orange Team also got into scoring position again in the top of the fourth inning off of new pitcher Manuel Barreda (Mexican League), but was unable to score. With one out, Curt Smith and Sicnarf Loopstok both walked, but were left behind.

In the bottom of the fourth, with a runner on first base and two outs, Orange-centerfielder Roger Bernadina made a great diving catch on a line drive by Noah Perio to end the at bat.

The Netherlands recorded its second basehit in the game with two outs in the top of the seventh off of Ryan Verdugo, the fifth Mexican pitcher in this game. The 32-year old, American-born lefthander plays in the Mexican League since 2016. With two outs, he gave up a single to Ademar Rifaela, who had entered the game in the fifth inning. That was followed by another pitching change. Jesus Rios took over, but gave up an infield-hit to Calten Daal (also in the game since the fifth), which was followed by a throwing error. That led to runners on second and third base, but the inning ended with a flyout. Rifaela's basehit was the first one for the Orange Team since Gilmer Lampe had doubled in the second inning. He also became only the second Dutch runner to reach third base.

After having scored twice in the third inning, Mexico got only two baserunners in the next three innings off of three pitchers. In the fourth, Kevin Kelly walked the lead-off hitter, but retired the next three batters. In the fifth, Lars Huijer gave up a lead-off single, but a double play followed. And in the sixth, Mike Bolsenbroek became the lone Dutch pitcher to retire the side.

In the seventh, Orsen Josephina became the seventh Orange-pitcher. He walked lead-off hitter Jorge Flores (Mexican League), then gave up a single to Jonathan Jones, which gave Mexico runners at the corners. That led to a pitching change, as Diegomar Markwell took over. After returning to the dug-out, Josephina got several advices from Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, who is the Dutch Pitching Coach. Blyleven also visited the young righthander on the mound after the lead-off walk. Markwell got a comeback-grounder from Noah Perio. As Flores took off to score, Markwell threw the ball to catcher Chadwick Tromp, who missed it while tagging the runner, leading to a run. After Markwell struckout the next batter, Manager Hensley Meulens came out again to make another pitching change. Franklin Van Gurp took over, but he got the bases loaded when he hit José Vargas (Mexican League) with a pitch. Van Gurp followed with a strikeout, but hereafter, a wild pitch led to a run. Moments later, Mexico added two more runs when third baseman Dwayne Kemp made a throwing error on a grounder by Jesus Araiza. Van Gurp closed with a strikeout, but Mexico had added four unearned runs on two costly errors to raise the lead to 8-0.

...Yurendell De Caster delivered a 2-run single...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The Netherlands finally was able to score in the top of the eighth inning. Gianfranco Wawoe and Kalian Sams began with singles, then both scored on a single by pinch-hitter Yurendell De Caster. After the next two batters were eliminated, another pitching change followed. Lefthander Justin Kelly took over, but he got the bases loaded when pinch-hitter Juremi Profar singled and Ademar Rifaela walked. But the three runners were left behind, as Calten Daal was called out at first base on a close play. The first baseman dropped the ball, but it was ruled as being on the transfer. But before that, Daal had reached the base in time, which was confirmed by replays and would give him a runscoring infield-hit. However, the Netherlands didn't ask for a challenge and so, the inning ended.

Mexico then scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Jim Ploeger, who was the tenth Dutch pitcher. Lead-off hitter Humberto Sosa (Mexican League) reached when new third baseman Juremi Profar made an error and moved to third base on a double by Jorge Flores. They then scored on a grounder by Jonathan Jones and a sacrifice fly by Noah Perio.

In the top of the ninth, Noel Salas became the eighth Mexican pitcher and retired the side to end the game.

In today's game, Manager Hensley Meulens used 25 players, including ten pitchers. The lone players who didn't play were pitchers Rob Cordemans, Jair Jurrjens and Orlando Yntema.

Playing for the Netherlands were:
Roger Bernadina (CF, 0-for-1, 2 walks), Ademar Rifaela (LF, 1-for-1, 1 walk), Ray-Patrick Didder (SS, 0-for-2, 1 strikeout), Calten Daal (PH-SS, 1-for-3), Chadwick Tromp (C, 0-for-5, 1 strikeout), Sharlon Schoop (2B, 0-for-1, 1 walk), Gianfranco Wawoe (2B, 1-for-3, 1 run), Kalian Sams (RF, 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts), Curt Smith (1B, 0-for-2, 1 walk, 1 strikeout), Yurendell De Caster (PH-1B, 1-for-1, 2 RBI's), Sicnarf Loopstok (DH, 0-for-2, 1 walk), Hendrik Clementina (PH-DH, 0-for-1), Gilmer Lampe (LF-CF, 1-for-4, double, 2 strikeouts), Dwayne Kemp (3B, 0-for-3, 1 strikeout), Juremi Profar (PH-3B, 1-for-1) and pitchers Tom Stuifbergen, Juan Carlos Sulbaran, Shairon Martis, Kevin Kelly, Lars Huijer, Mike Bolsenbroek, Orsen Josephina, Diegomar Markwell, Franklin Van Gurp and Jim Ploeger.

Mexico - Netherlands 10-2
pitchers Netherlandsinn.SOBBHRER
Tom Stuifbergen, L (0-1)11-221

Juan Carlos Sulbaran1--1--

Shairon Martis1-1422

Kevin Kelly111---

Lars Huijer11-1--

Mike Bolsenbroek11----

Orsen Josephina- (*)-112-

Diegomar Markwell0.11--1-

Franklin Van Gurp0.22--1-

Jim Ploeger1--12-
(*) - Josephina pitched to two batters in the seventh inning

pitchers Mexicoinn.SOBBHRER
Arturo Reyes3521--

Manuel Barreda, W (1-0)1.213---

Humberto Castellanos0.1-----

Adam Quintana1-1---

Ryan Verdugo0.21-1--

Jesus Rios11-422

Justin Kelly0.1-11--

Noel Salas11----

Umpires: HP-Aaron Roberts (Canada), 1B-Jeffrey Macias (USA),
2B-Maikol Tibabijo (Colombia), 3B-Tomohisa Yamahuchi (Japan).
Official Scorers-William Cogollo (Colombia), Andrés De León (Panama), Juan Cubillo (Nicaragua).
Technical Commissioners-Angelo Fanara (Italy), Edgar Estivenson (Panama).
Starting Time-7:01 PM (local time).
Time Played-3:17 hrs.
Site-Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco, Zapopan (Mexico).

Game Notes:
Game 3 Premier 12.
11th game in history against Mexico.
Seventh loss in history against Mexico.
5-minute injury-delay in top 2nd inning after Mexican catcher Roman Sólis was hit by a foul-ball.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 18,2° C (64,8° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 12 kmh (7,5 mph); wind force 1 Bft; humidity 77%.

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