After being eliminated for the Super Round by falling to the Dominican Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will play in the Consolation Round. The first game was vs Germany. In a close game, the Dutch clinched a hard-fought 4-3 victory.
In the first inning, the Dutch took a 1-0 lead when Jurrangelo Cijntje, who had gotten on base on a double, scored when the German shortstop couldn’t get a grip on Donovan Antonia’s “hit”. The one run lead would last until the when the Germans tied the game when Moritz van Bergen tripled to left center field and scored on Ladislaus Landwehr’s single.
But the Germans even went a step further in the next inning. Justin Nijkamp gave up a leadoff walk and thanks to an error that runner advanced to second base. At that point, Nijkamp was replaced by Jamie Lippens who struck out the first batter he faced but then gave up an RBI single that gave Germany the lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Dutch would tie the game again. With Sebastiaan van der Horst at second base Emilson Haswell laid down a sac bunt that advanced Van der Horst to third base. First, the Germans could keep the Dutch from scoring the game-tying run when Raydley Legito also laid down a bunt as they tagged out Van der Horst at home plate but then Jesse Velders doubled to left field and drove in Legito for the tying run.
The Germans proved to be a tough opponent as the took another one-run lead in the sixth inning. But once again the Dutch countered in the bottom of the same inning.
Thanks to a double, a sac bunt and a single, the Kingdom of the Netherlands tied the game at three. But they did not stop there. With Luca Pastor at first base, Emilson Haswell singled to left field so Pastor could advance to third base from where he scored on an error by the German pitcher.
With this lead, the Dutch entered the seventh inning. After Marten Blijleven retired the first two batters on a strikeout, he walked the next one and was replaced by Gedionne Marlin, who struck out Paul Schmitz for the final out.
Thanks to the see-saw score, Marten Blijleven earned the win and Gedionne Marlin earned the save.
It was one of those games in which the winner collected less hits than their opponent. The Dutch collected just five while Germany got eight. Three batters went 1 for 2: Jurrangelo Cijntje, Gedionne Marlin and Emilson Haswell.
Of the four runs the Dutch scored, only on was earned.
Today, the Dutch will take on Brazil.
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