Last night, the Kingdom of the Netherlands faced Mexico in its final game of the tournament. As Mexico beat the USA on Sunday, the Dutch were eliminated already. Vs Mexico, the Dutch didn’t fare much better as they lost 10-2.
Manager Hensley Meulens started Tom Stuifbergen, who normally is a reliever. As Stuifbergen announced he would retire from international baseball, Meulens conceded him the honor of pitching in this game. Unfortunately for Stuifbergen, he could not keep Mexico from taking an early lead as Mexico scored twice, partially thanks to a fielding error by center fielder Roger Bernadina.
Meulens pulled Stuifbergen after one inning and used eight different pitchers in the remaining seven innings. Of the eight other pitchers, Shairon Martis, Orsen Josephina (, Diegomar Markwell and Franklin van Gurp all allowed runs. The Dutch played some sloppy defense as only three of the ten runs Mexico scored were earned.
Trailing 8-0 already, it took the Dutch until the eighth inning to get on the board. Thanks to three consecutive singles by Gianfranco Wawoe, Kalian Sams and Yurendell de Caster, the Dutch scored twice. But that was all they could. Nevertheless, the Dutch collected seven hits and drew as many walks but left a whopping twelve runners on base.
Of the Dutch batters, Yurendell de Caster was the best hitter as he went 1 for 1 with two RBI.
There is one thing that needs to be said. Have a look at the box score.
In the seventh inning, Mexico scored four runs. So how can one explain this?
Where is the fourth Mexican run?
Besides that; Mexico scored ten runs. When I look at the number of runs the Dutch pitchers allowed, I am missing two.
TheWBSC, the organization that boasts to promote the game of baseball is making a fool of itself.