Israel, Netherlands clinch spots in next round of WBC

In Pool A of the World Baseball Classic in Seoul, Korea the Netherlands came back to beat Chinese-Taipei, 6-5 in walk off fashion.

Logo-KingdomNL2After an error started the ninth of a tie game, two straight singles followed. That brought up Jurickson Profar, who worked a walk to drive in the winning run. That came after the Netherlands tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a Didi Gregorius double (he hit three of them).

The Netherlands victory put them at 2-0, tied with Israel for the top spot. They play each other tonight at 10pm ET, though both have already clinched spots in the next round of the WBC, which will be played in Tokyo. It will be a battle of veterans to start, as Rob Cordemans gets the start for the Dutch, while Jason Marquis makes his second start for Israel.

Chinese-Taipei and host Korea play each other at 5am ET.

 

Over in Pool B in Tokyo, Japan, Cuba beat China, 6-0 to improve to 1-1.

Former KC Royal Bruce Chen got the start for China and tossed 2.2 scoreless innings. The China coach wanted to keep him under 50 pitches so Chen could pitch again in this round, so on his 49th pitch, Chen induced a double play. He allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Unfortunately, China only collected one hit and that came with one out in the fifth. They had just three base runners the rest of the way (two walks and an error).

For Cuba, Yoelqui Cespedes got the scoring started with an RBI single in their four-run 4th inning.

 

Host Japan improved to 2-0 in pool play with a 4-1 victory over Australia.

The Aussies had a 1-0 lead as Allan de San Miguel hit a two out solo home run in the 2nd inning off Japanese starter Tomoyuki Sugano (de San Miguel went 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch).

Sugano allowed that one run on four hits while striking out four over 4.1 innings. Australia collected just one hit after Sugano left the game (that was a Tim Kennelly single with two outs in the sixth).

Japan tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth on a sac fly. That came after Australia starter Tim Atherton allowed back-to-back hits to start the inning (4IP, 4H, R, 0BB, 2K). The Aussies had the chance to re-take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, as they loaded the bases, but a double play ended the inning.

For Japan, former Royal Nori Aoki went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. They also hit two more homers.

 

Next up in Pool B, Cuba plays Australia at 5am ET. Then Australia plays China later tomorrow night at 10pm ET.

 

Pool C in Miami and Pool D in Jalisco begin tomorrow night. Canada plays the Dominican Republic in Florida at 6pm ET, while host Mexico plays Italy at 9pm ET.

 

*All games will be televised on MLB Network.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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