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Netherlands wins against Chinese Taipei with good pitching

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - After having lost its previous two games, the Netherlands Baseball Team won 4-1 against Chinese Taipei on Day 5 of the 17th World Port Tournament Baseball in Rotterdam. On Tuesday-evening (July 16), five pitchers had a solid outing to lead the Netherlands to its second victory of the tournament. Starter Diegomar Markwell left with a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning, then four relievers gave up only one more basehit in the remainder of the game.

Two years ago, Chinese Taipei was the winner of the event. This year, the Asian team opened with two wins, before losing today against the Netherlands. With the win, the Netherlands can end up in the top of the ranking again. With a loss, the Orange Team could have finished in fifth place in the preliminary round. However, every team remains in the race for Sunday's Final, due to the system of the Play-Offs.

The preliminary round ends on Wednesday when the Netherlands has the day off. When Curaçao and Japan then should win, it would create a ranking in which all five teams are tied.

The Netherlands opened the tournament on Friday-evening with a come-from-behind victory against Japan, winning 6-5 in ten innings.

On Saturday, the Netherlands was shutout 5-0 by the mixed team of North America The Orange Team had no chance to do something and was held to only two basehits.

On Sunday, the Netherlands was left empty-handed again, losing 3-2 to Curaçao.

Chinese Taipei opened the event on Sunday with a 3-1 victory against the North American Team. On Monday-evening, the Asian squad outscored Curaçao with a 6-2 score.

Earlier on Tuesday-afternoon, the mixed American/Canadian Team won 7-2 against Japan.

(July 16)

The first four innings of the game remained scoreless, as both starting pitchers did very well.

The Orange-offense was limited to only one basehit by Yi-Sheng Chu. He retired the first ten batters in a row, striking out seven of them, including lead-off hitter Dwayne Kemp twice.

Diegomar Markwell started for the Netherlands and gave up two basehits in these four at bats. With one out in the bottom of the first inning, the lefthander gave up a single to Hao-Chen Chen, but the Dutch defense then closed with a double play.

In the second inning, Chinese Taipei got a runner in scoring position. With one out, Chun-Kai Liao singled and moved to second base on a grounder by Hsin-Chuan Wang. Hereafter, Markwell walked Chia-Wei Huang, but the two runners were left behind. Markwell retired the side in the third and fourth inning.

The Netherlands opened the score with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Denzel Richardson led off with a single, which was to be the start of a productive rally. Next batter Rodney Daal walked and then the bases got loaded when an attempt for a sacrifice bunt by Dudley Leonora ended in a bunt-single. Taipei-starter Yi-Sheng Chu then struckout Orange-rookie Delano Selassa, who made his first start. While being an infielder (short stop/second base), Selassa played in leftfield. In the previous three games, Dudley Leonora was the leftfielder for the Netherlands. Leonora also is a short stop (or first baseman). Tonight, Leonora played at first base, a position that was occupied by Bryan Engelhardt in the first game. On Saturday, veteran Yurendell De Caster started at first base in the game against the mixed team from North America. In that game, De Caster left the game after a collission with the batter-runner, who reached on an infield-hit on the first pitch of the game. De Caster dislocated his shoulder and will not return to action during this tournament.

Back to the fifth inning when the Netherlands has the bases loaded with one out. The first run was then scored when Stijn van der Meer singled. After being struckout in his first two at bats, next batter Dwayne Kemp now delivered a runscoring single. With the bases still loaded, a pitching change followed, as Wei-Fan Tsai took over. He saw the Netherlands score another on a sacrifice fly by Sharlon Schoop, which also enabled Van der Meer to advance to third base. Moments later, Kemp stole second base, but Tsai then closed by striking out Gilmer Lampe.

...Diegomar Markwell was the winning pitcher...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
After Taipei had stranded another runner in scoring position in the fifth inning, the Netherlands added its fourth run in the top of the sixth. That was done off of new pitcher Shuo-Cheng Wei. He walked lead-off hitter Gianison Boekhoudt, then got the bases loaded with one out when he gave up a single to Rodney Daal and also walked Dudley Leonora. Another pitching change followed, as Tsung-Hao Wang became the fourth Taipei-pitcher. He got a grounder from Delano Selassa that brought in Boekhoudt and lifted the lead to 4-0. The inning ended when Stijn van der Meer fouled out.

Chinese Taipei left a runner behind on third base in the fifth inning, but then scored in the sixth. Diegomar Markwell walked pinch-hitter Ching-Han Ko, then gave up a bunt-single to Hao-Chen Chen. After the two moved on a sacrifice bunt by Wei-Chih Chen, the Netherlands also went to the bullpen for the first time. Juan Carlos Sulbaran took over, began with a strikeout, but then uncorked a wild pitch that enabled Ko to score. Sulbaran closed with a strikeout.

In the seventh inning, Gilmer Lampe walked for the Netherlands with two outs, but stranded on first base. The Dutch offense was retired in order (two strikeouts) in the eighth.

Mike Bolsenbroek became the new Orange-pitcher in the bottom of the seventh. He hit Chia Wei Huang with a pitch, but his pinch-runner Wei-Ming Huang was left behind on first base.

In the eighth, Kevin Kelly took the mound for the Netherlands. With two outs, he gave up a single to Wei-Chih Chen, then walked pinch-hitter Po-Hao Huang. But he closed with a strikeout.

In the top of the ninth, it was the Netherlands that left two runners behind in scoring position. With one out, Stijn van der Meer reached on an error, then Dwayne Kemp singled. After a pitching change, the two runners executed a double-steal, but they were left behind.

Tom Stuifbergen closed the game for the Netherlands. Due to an error, the righthander got the bases loaded. He walked lead-off hitter Hsin-Chuan Wang and with one out, Yu-Wei Kao reached on an error by short stop Stijn van der Meer. Stuifbergen then followed with a strikeout, but got the bases loaded when he walked Ching-Han Ko. But Stuifbergen ended the threat by striking out Hao-Chen Chen, which ended the game.

Playing for the Netherlands were:
Dwayne Kemp (3B, 2-for-5), Sharlon Schoop (2B, 1-for-4), Gilmer Lampe (CF, 0-for-4), Gianison Boekhoudt (DH, 0-for-3), Denzel Richardson (RF, 1-for-4), Rodney Daal (C, 1-for-3), Dudley Leonora (1B, 1-for-3), Stijn van der Meer (SS, 1-for-4) and pitchers Diegomar Markwell, Juan Carlos Sulbaran, Mike Bolsenbroek, Kevin Kelly and Tom Stuifbergen.

...Left: The ceremonial first pitches are thrown before the game...
...Right: Yi-Sheng Chu started for Chinese Taipei...

...Left: Fans of Chinese Taipei support their team with drums and music...
...Right: Leftfielder Delano Selassa just misses making a running catch in the 8th inning...

...Left: Stijn van der Meer and Dwayne execute a double-steal in the 9th inning...
...Right: Manager Evert-Jan 't Hoen and Hitting Coach Sidney de Jong look on...

...Wei-Fan Tsai, Tsung Hao Wang and Chien-Lung Huang pitched in relief for Chinese Taipei...

...Mike Bolsenbroek, Kevin Kelly and Tom Stuifbergen pitched in relief for the Netherlands...
(© All Photos: Henk Seppen)

...Left: Students of Dance Studio KP perform before the game...
...Right: Photographers Jan Kruijdenberg and Henk Seppen have fun...

...Left: Umpires Roy van de Wateringen, Edwin Louisa, Peter de Haan and Simone Menicucci...
...Right: Managers Ying-Nan Li and Evert-Jan 't Hoen exhange line-ups with each other and with HP Umpire Peter de Haan...

...Left: Rightfielder Denzel Richardson makes a catch in the 3rd inning...
...Right: Taipei-rightfielder Chen-Yu Yang is unable to catch a double hit by Sharlon Schoop in the 4th inning...

...Left: Leftfielder Delano Selassa makes a catch in the 7th inning...
...Right: End of the game...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Chinese Taipei - Netherlands 1-4
Chinese Taipei000001000-151
pitchers Netherlandsinn.SOBBHRER
Diegomar Markwell, W (1-0)5.112411

Juan Carlos Sulbaran, H (1)0.22----

Mike Bolsenbroek, H (1)1-----

Kevin Kelly, H (1)1211--

Tom Stuifbergen, SV (1)122---

pitchers Chinese Taipeiinn.SOBBHRER
Yi-Sheng Chu, L (0-1)4.181533

Wei-Fan Tsai0.21----

Shuo-Cheng Wei0.1-2111

Tsung-Hao Wang3411--

Chien-Lung Huang0.2-----
Box Score
Umpires: HP-Peter de Haan (Neth.), 1B-Simone Menicucci (Italy),
2B-Edwin Louisa (Neth.), 3B-Roy van de Wateringen (Neth.).
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Technical Commissioners-Johan Brandsma, Henk van der Linde.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk-Kloos.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-7:03 PM.
Time Played-2:54 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
World Port Tournament 2019.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 19° C (66,2° F); wind direction west-northwest;
wind speed 15 kmh (9,3 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 65%.

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