Today two Dutchies saw action in the Asian competitions.
Two Dutch players call he Japanese NPB their home and one is playing in the Taiwanese
Today Wladimir Balentien played with the Yakult Swallows. In a close game vs the DeNA BayStars from Yokohama, the Yakult Swallows stayed at the right side of the score.
Balentien struck out in his first at bat in the second inning. He got on second base in the fourth inning as the BayStars’ catcher failed to catch his pop up.
In the sixth inning Wladimir struck out again and he flied out to first base in the eighth inning. Thanks to the lack of basehits, Wladimir’s batting average dropped to .267.
Eventually the Swallows beat the BayStars 3-2.
In the CPBL Jair Jurrjens got his fourth start for the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions.
He did not fare that well as he gave up seven runs (six earned) in just five innings. And still Jair struck out nine hitters and walked just one.
The EDA Rhinos eventually won 8-4 as they took advantage of Jurrjens lack of sharpness. In the second inning three consecutive singles led to the opening run for the Rhinos. A sac fly and a basehit towards third base drove in two more. Jair wasn’t supported by his defense as a fielding error allowed the fourth run for the Rhinos.
In the third inning Jair gave up a two run homerun to Lin Che-Hsuan, who cleared the left field fence with the dinger. Eventually Jair gave up one more run in the fourth before being pulled after the fifth inning.
Tomorrow, Rick van den Hurk will make his third start vs the Orix Buffaloes. The Buffaloes are dead last in the Pacific League with a 3-7 record. The Softbank Hawks have a half game lead over the Buffaloes as they have won three, lost six and have two ties.