Another close game, another victory for Curaçao Neptunus. For five innings the team was kept in check by Kevin Heijstek as he limited them to one hit. The team needed only two innings to turn the tables and walk off the field with a 2-1 victory.
Until the third inning, neither team did not score a run even though Neptunus had a runner in scoring position but in the third, L&D Amsterdam Pirates broke the game open. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Max Clarijs, Roelie Henrique and Sharlon Schoop and a throwing error by Dwayne Kemp gave Pirates a 1-0 lead. But for the remainder of the game, the Pirates offense was kept in check by Orlando Yntema, who pitched a complete game, as he allowed six hits in total.
In the sixth inning, Kevin Heijstek allowed runners on first and second before Dudley Leonora doubled down the left field line to drive in Willie Johnson. One inning later, Heijstek gave up an RBI single to Willie Johnson that gave Neptunus the lead.
In the remainder of the game, not much happened. Neptunus put one more runner in scoring position in the eighth, but did not cash in.
Orlando Yntema earned the win, striking out four, walking one. Kevin Heijstek took the loss as he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks as he struck out two.
Dudley Leonora was the best hitter for Neptunus as he went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
Thanks to this win, Neptunus is in the driver’s seat, needing only two more wins to clinch its twentieth and seventh consecutive Dutch title.
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