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Starting Pitchers coming series

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - On Thursday-evening (June 30), the season in the Dutch big league will resume. The season has been interrupted in the past weeks, as the Netherlands National Baseball Team was in Mexico to participate in the WBSC Baseball Final Quaflier. There, the Orange Team lost to Venezuela and the Dominican Republic and was eliminated for the Olympic Games. The Dominicans won the event to become the sixth and final country to qualify.

Last week, one 3-game series was played between DSS/Kinheim and Twins Oosterhout. In that series, Twins won two of the three games to move into second place. After conclusion of this series, all eight teams in the Dutch big league have now played 18 games.

Also last weekend, HCAW and Quick Amersfoort faced each other in two exhibition games. HCAW won 6-0 and 6-4.

When the season resumes on Thursday, reigning champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates will have to do without its pitching-ace Tom de Blok. After conclusion of the Olympic Qualifier, the righthander signed a professional contract with Pericos de Puebla, which plays in the Liga Mexicana de Béisbol. So far this season, De Blok was the starting pitcher for Pirates the opening games of the 3-game series the team played. In six games, he was 3-2 with a 1.64 ERA and 45 strikeouts. On May 13, De Blok threw the fourth Perfect Game in the history of the Dutch big league. With that, Pirates not only will be shorthanded in its pitching in the remainder of the season, but also during the upcoming European Champions Cup-tournament, which will be played July 13-17 in Ostrava (Czech Republic). In the upcoming series against Hoofddorp Pioniers, righthander Gio de Graauw will make his first start of the season for Pirates.

Curaçao Neptunus-lefthander Diegomar Markwell gets another chance to record his 1,000th career strikeout. Markwell needs six strikeouts to reach the milestone. So far, Markwell has been the Game 1 starter for the team in a 3-game series, but not so this time. In the opener against Silicon Storks on Thursday, righthander Misja Harcksen will be the starter. The starters for the two games in the weekend have not yet been announced, which might have to do with the status of righthander Orlando Yntema. Almost a month ago, he left the mound in a game against L&D Amsterdam Pirates with an injury before the interruption of the season. Thereafter, he was selected for the Netherlands Team for the Olympic Qualifier and traveled with the team to Mexico. However, a few days before the tournament, he was replaced as he wasn't fit yet. The starters for the two games in the weekend were announced on Friday.

Coming Friday and also in the weekend, several exhibition games are scheduled to be played by teams from the First Division. Their season opens on Friday, July 9. Due to the measures against the coronavirus, all other leagues, besides the big league, had not started their season yet.

Beneath are the announced starting pitchers for the upcoming series in the big league. As always, these assignments can change on game-days.

(June 30)

Live play-by-play

RosterHOOFDDORP PIONIERS (6-12)vs. L&D AMSTERDAM PIRATES (11-6-1)RosterGame-info
#Starting Pitchers Pioniers G #Starting Pitchers Pirates Date, Time & Site
36RHP Scott Prins (0-1) 1 66RHP Naut Kragt (0-1) Th. July 1, 7:30 PM, Hoofddorp (1)
8LHP Ryan Huntington (1-3) 2 45RHP Juan Carlos Sulbaran (3-2) Sa. July 3, 2:00 PM, Amsterdam (2)
7RHP John Michael Halley (3-2) 3 31RHP Gio de Graauw (1-0) Su. July 4, 1:00 PM, Hoofddorp (1)
(1) - ETO Ballpark, Sportpark Hoofddorp Pioniers, Park21, Hoofddorp; (2) - Loek Loevendie Ballpark, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam

RosterCURAÇAO NEPTUNUS (17-1)vs. SILICON STORKS (4-14)RosterGame-info
#Starting Pitchers Neptunus G #Starting Pitchers Storks Date, Time & Site
19RHP Misja Harcksen (0-0) 1 25RHP Twan Naessens (0-3) Th. July 1, 7:30 PM, Rotterdam (3)
27RHP Kaj Timmermans (4-1) 2 to be announced Sa. July 3, 2:30 PM, The Hague (2)
35LHP Diegomar Markwell (5-0) 3 to be announced Su. July 4, 2:00 PM, Rotterdam (3)
(3) - Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam; (4) - Sportpark 'Kijkduin', The Hague

RosterTWINS OOSTERHOUT (13-5)vs. HCAW (12-5-1)RosterGame-info
#Starting Pitchers Twins G #Starting Pitchers HCAW Date, Time & Site
8RHP Koen Postelmans (1-1) 1 39RHP Lars Huijer (3-1) Th. July 1, 7:30 PM, Bussum (5)(*)
11RHP Simon Gross (2-1) 2 45LHP Jim Ploeger (1-1) Sa. July 3, 2:00 PM, Bussum (5)
to be announced 3 7RHP Dennis Burgersdijk (5-0) Su. July 4, 2:00 PM, Oosterhout (6)
(5) - Rob Hoffmann Vallei, Sportpark Zanderijweg, Bussum; (6) - Sportpark 'De Slotbosse Toren', Oosterhout
(*) - Thursday's home-game of Twins Oosterhout will be played at the site of HCAW in Bussum

RosterDSS/KINHEIM (6-12)vs. QUICK AMERSFOORT (2-16)RosterGame-info
#Starting Pitchers Neptunus G #Starting Pitchers Storks Date, Time & Site
3RHP Martijn Schoonderwoerd (0-0) 1 14RHP Jan-Willem Geerts (1-3) Th. July 1, 7:30 PM, Haarlem (7)
44RHP Tom Stuifbergen (0-2) 2 25LHP Maverich Lourens (0-2) Sa. July 3, 2:00 PM, Amersfoort (8)
12RHP Glenn Wassink (2-3) 3 to be announced Su. July 4, 2:00 PM, Haarlem (7)
(7) - Pim Mulier Stadion, Pim Mulier Sportpark, Haarlem; (8) - XL Lease Park 'Dorrestein;, Amersfoort

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