Germany 22 – 5 The Netherlands
It was one of those games in which things didn’t go as planned/hoped. The Dutch pitching did not pan out the way it should, at critical moments, the defense committed errors and overall, the Germans excelled in the batters box and showed once more that they are a serious candidate for winning the championship. The Dutch lineup was kept in check rather well by the German pitching staff as well.
After one and a half inning, the situation looked rather gloomy for the Netherlands. After took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Germany had an offensive outburst in the top of the second. Jayvian Curiel was hit very hard as he gave up four singles but also did not get the much needed help of his offense as they committed two errors. Besides that, Curiel walked two and hit one with a pitch. The result was a seven-run inning for the Germans.
In the bottom of the second, the Dutch scored three runs thanks to a single followed by an error, an RBI single and a sac fly. But the Germans pressed the repeat button and rallied for another big inning in the top of the third. Thanks to a throwing error, a bases-clearing double and two RBI singles, Germany extended its lead by six runs.
Eventually, Germany rubbed some salt in the wound as it scored four runs in the fourth and another four in the fifth inning, resulting in a painful 22 – 5 loss for the Dutch.
Samuel Redle earned the win as he pitched 2.2 perfect innings in relief. Javyian Curiel took the loss. In 1.1 innings, he gave up eight runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks.
Samuel Redle helped his own case as he went 4 for 4 and was the best hitter for Germany. He drove in one run and scored four times.
Thanks to this win, Germany will face Italy in the semi finals tomorrow. The Netherlands will face the Czech Republic that finished on top of Group A.