The Kingdom of the Netherlands took on team USA today. On the defensive side the Dutch played a solid game, but at bat, the team didn’t stand a chance against Cody Ponce and the US relievers. Good old Rob Cordemans could not stop the American offense as he gave up three runs in each of the first three innings. Eventually, the Dutch lost in an American slugfest 9-0.
The very first pitch that Cordemans fired disappeared in the right field stands. In the second inning, Mark Payton fouled out towards the area between first base and the outfield, where he was caught out by Juremi Profar with a spectacular catch. But he could not prevent Jacob Cronenworth scoring from third base. In the third inning, Jordon Adell hit a solo shot to left field to lift the score to 3-0.
Cordemans was replaced by Lars Huijer in the bottom of the fourth. Huijer managed to get through the fourth inning without any damage but in the fifth Huijer couldn’t get out of the inning and loaded the bases before Robert Dalbec dealt the final blow as he hit a grand slam to give the USA a 7-0 lead. This was too much for the Dutch team to overcome.
Despite his solid outing, Ponce was pulled after only seventy-one pitches in the top of the sixth inning. Noah Song took over on the mound and despite giving up a walk to Roger Bernadina, he cruised through the sixth as did Andrew Clayton through the seventh.
Despite the fact that the Dutch offense didn’t commit an error, the Dutch pitching wasn’t able to limit the American offense. The Americans clubbed four home runs of which a grand slam and two two-run homers.
The Dutch were limited to three base hits of which Hendrick Clementina, Calten Daal, and Sharlon Schoop hit one each.
The Dutch pitching was hit hard. Rob Cordemans gave up three runs on three hits in three innings. Lars Huijer lasted 1.2 innings and gave up four runs on as many hits. Diegomar Markwell and Mike Bolsenbroek both allowed a hit, Markwell in 1.1 innings, Bolsenbroek in one inning. Jim Ploeger surrendered two more runs on two hits in the eighth.
Tomorrow, the Dutch will face the number twelve of the WBSC rankings, the Dominican Republic. For the Dutch, it will be a must-win situation. The game will also start at 12:00 PM Mexican time (19:00 CET).