Grand Slam
Intercontinental Cup 2006
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Baseball Intercontinental Cup 2006
exhibition games
Dutch team shuts outs China. (November 3)
China beats Dutch team. (November 4)

Dutch open IC with small loss vs. Cuba. (November 9)
Dutch defeat Italy. (November 10)
Huge win Dutch vs. Philippines. (November 11)
Dutch scoreless against Japan. (November 12)
Dutch defeat Taiwan in 10 innings. (November 14)
Dutch win big and clinch semi-final. (November 15)
Dutch win thriller vs. Australia. (November 16)
Dutch Team in Intercontinental Final! (November 18)
Dutch Team wins silver. (November 19)

Dutch team shuts outs China
GUANGZHOU (China) - The Dutch National Team shutout the national squad of China, 12-0, on Friday-evening in the first of two games between the two countries. Both teams will meet again on Saturday. The two games are part of the preparations for the upcoming Intercontinental Cup-tournament in Taiwan, which opens next week.
The game was played in the baseball stadium of the Olympic Training Centre in Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton), where the Chinese national baseball-team already is together for a week. There, they practice and play under guidance of former Major Leaguers Jim Lefebvre (manager) and Bruce Hurst (pitching coach). Despite some smog, which hangs over the city, the circumstances to play were fine, as it was 27 degrees Celsius. Some 50 spectators showed up to watch the game. On Thursday, the Dutch squad practiced after arriving in China on Wednesday-morning. After Saturday's game, two more daily practices will follow, before the team leaves for Taiwan.
(November 3)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play China vs. Netherlands (Game One)

China beats Dutch team
GUANGZHOU (China) - On Saturday, the Dutch National Team lost the second of two exhibition games against the national team of China, 8-6. This marks the first time that China won an international game against the Netherlands after losing the first five games between the two countries.
The Dutch team now will practice on Sunday and Monday, then on Tuesday will fly to Taipei in Taiwan. A busride then follows to Taichung, where the Intercontinental Cup-tournament opens on November 9.
(November 4)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play China vs. Netherlands (Game Two)

Dutch open IC with small loss vs. Cuba
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - Despite leading twice, the Dutch National Baseball Team opened the Intercontinental Cup in Chinese Taipei on Thursday-morning with a small 3-2 loss against Cuba, which won the last edition of the event in 2002.

The Dutch team, which played a good game, took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Eugene Kingsale (fielder's choice) scored on a double by Sharnol Adriana, but Cuba came alongside immediately in its half of the third at bat when Michel Enríquez Tamayo scored. In the first inning, Cuba had left three runners behind. Dutch starter Rob Cordemans walked the first two batters he faced, but then the lead runner was caught stealing. A two-out single and another walk then loaded the bases, but Cordemans ended the at bat by striking out Yoandry Urgelles Romay.
(November 9)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Cuba vs. Netherlands (Game One)

Dutch defeat Italy
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - The Dutch Baseball Team on Friday-evening won 10-8 vs. Italy in their second game of the -tournament in Taiwan. A total of 30 basehits was registered, including 16 by the Italians, who failed to hold onto an early lead. The Dutch team had 14 basehits, with all nine players in the batting order collecting at least one. Veteran Sharnol Adriana had four hits and four RBI's.

Italy opened the score with a 2-out, 3-run rally in the first inning off starter Diegomar Markwell, but the Dutch team came alongside by scoring three runs in the second at bat. In the Italian first, Gino Lollio walked with two outs, then Massimiliano De Biasi singled, followed by an RBI-double by Mario Chiarini and a 2-run single by Giuseppe Mazzanti. In the home second, Italian starter Riccardo De Santis had problems with his control. With one out, he walked Ivanon Coffie, then gave up a single to Percy Isenia and loaded the bases by hitting next batter Danny Rombley. De Santis then also hit Michael Duursma, resulting in a run. A grounder by Eugene Kingsale and an infield-hit by Raily Legito then tied the score.
(November 10)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Italy vs. Netherlands (Game Two)

Huge win Dutch team vs. Philippines
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - The Dutch Baseball Team on Saturday-evening registered a huge 22-0 shutout-win vs. the Philippines for its second win in a row on the Intercontinental Cup-tournament in Taiwan.
The Dutch team had 26 basehits, including nine extra basehits (six doubles, two triples, one homerun). All eleven players used offensively had at least one basehit and scored at least one run. Sharnol Adriana again had a productive game, as he was 5-for-6. Eugene Kingsale, Kalian Sams, Raily Legito and Percy Isenia (who hit the homerun) all had three hits. Isenia almost hit-for-the-cycle, but missed the easiest to accomplisch basehit: a single.
(November 11)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Philippines vs. Netherlands (Game Three)

Dutch scoreless against Japan
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - After two victories, the Dutch Baseball Team was shutout 3-0 on Sunday-afternoon by Japan, which therefore remained unbeaten after four games in the Intercontinental Cup-tournament in Taiwan. Japan leads with Cuba, which is also unbeaten and shutout the Philippines on Sunday 24-0, scoring 15 runs in the first inning. No games are scheduled for Monday. The Dutch will play their next game on Tuesday against host Taiwan.

Rookie Leon Boyd started his first game for the Dutch team, after he had pitched 1 2/3 inning in relief last Thursday in the opener against Cuba. The righthander threw six solid innings, giving up only four basehits, but had to give up a run in the seventh. Before that, only one Japanese runner had reached third base. In the second inning, Kei Nomoto reached second base on an error by short stop Raily Legito and moved on a single, but stranded on third as a double play followed. With the double play, Boyd retired eight batters in a row, before giving up a single in the fifth inning.
(November 12)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Japan (Game Four)

Dutch defeat Taiwan in 10 innings
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - The Dutch National Team played another fine game on the Intercontinental Cup-tournament on Tuesday-evening and defeated host Taiwan 4-2 in 10 innings. In the morning, unbeaten tournament-leader Cuba handed Japan its first loss by winning 6-3.

The Dutch team broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the tenth inning. Sharnol Adriana led off with a walk, then moved on a sac-bunt by pinch-hitter Roel Koolen. Next, Sidney de Jong walked and the bases got loaded when Ivanon Coffie singled. The Dutch team took a 2-1 lead when Adriana scored on a sac-fly by Raily Legito, then increased the lead to 4-1 when Danny Rombley (who was 3-for-3) followed with a 2-run single. Michael Duursma then also reached base when he walked, forcing a pitching change, after which the inning ended with a flyout.
(November 14)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Taiwan (Game Five)

Dutch win big and clinch semi-final
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - The Dutch Baseball Team on Wednesday-afternoon won big vs. Korea, 13-2, and clinched a spot in the semi-finals of the Intercontinental Cup-tournament in Taiwan. The Dutch team finished the game in eight innings with this 10-run difference mercy-rule victory. This marks the first time that the Dutch team reaches the Intercontinental Cup semi-finals. On Thursday, the Dutch team closes the preliminary round against Australia, which has a chance of becoming the fourth team to reach the semi-finals. In the semi-final, scheduled for Saturday, the Dutch team will meet either Cuba or Japan. The final will be played on Sunday.
After playing the first five games in the old Taichung Baseball Stadium, the Dutch team today became the last team to play in the newly build Intercontinental Stadium.
(November 15)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Korea (Game Six)

Dutch beat Australia in thriller
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - The Dutch Baseball Team ended the preliminary round of the Intercontinental Cup-tournament on Thursday-evening with 4-3 win in a thriller vs. Australia, scoring four runs in the last four innings.

The game ended with a heated eleventh inning in which Australia filed a protest shortly after Dutch Manager Robert Eenhoorn had been ejected in another situation. That the Dutch team was a sure entry in the semi-final, wasn't so sure at all, as there were still theoretical possibilities that the Dutch would be eliminated.
When the Dutch team scored the winning run in then eleventh, Australia filed a protest against it. But, the protest was rejected, meaning the run was correct. As a result, the Dutch team finished in third place and will meet Japan in the semi-final, while Taiwan will meet Cuba again on Saturday, with Australia being left empty-handed.
(November 16)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Australia (Game Seven)

Dutch in Final!
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - The Dutch National Team has reached the Final of the Intercontinental Cup after a 3-0 shutout-win on Saturday-afternoon against Japan. The Dutch will meet Cuba in the Final, which will be played on Sunday. Cuba qualified after winning only 5-4 vs. Taiwan.

This was only the sixth Dutch victory vs. Japan in 32 meetings. Before 2000, the Dutch only won one game in 1978, but lost 20 other games. Since 2000, the two teams met eleven times with the Dutch team winning five, including today's. But before today, the Dutch team never had won against Japan on big global events, such as the Olympic Games, World Cup and Intercontinental Cup, losing all 17 games played against the Asians on these tournaments.
(November 18)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Japan (Game Eight)

Dutch team wins silver
TAICHUNG (Taiwan) - The Dutch National Team has won the silver medal in the Intercontinental Cup-tournament in Taiwan. In an exciting final, the team lost 6-3 to title-defender Cuba, which needed eleven inning to accomplish the feat.

Dutch first baseman Sharnol Adriana was named to the Tournament All Star Team afterwards and was the only Dutch player to win an award.
(November 19)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Cuba (Game Nine)

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