In another close affair and a pitchers duel in which the runs didn’t come cheap, the Kingdom of the Netherlands stayed at the right side of the score.
Dutch starting pitcher Luuk ter Beek pitched a gem. In seven innings, he limited Spain to only two hits.
Until the third inning, neither team came close to scoring a run. But in the third frame, the Dutch opened the score thanks to singles by Ryson Polonius, Nathaniel Bentura and a force out at second base hit by Ruendrick Piternella on which Polonius could score.
In the following innings not much happened as the pitching of both teams was rather dominant. But in the eighth inning, the Dutch threatened with runners on first and second and thanks to a single through the left side by Leandro Anasagasti, Nathaniel Bentura could score from second base to extend the score by a run.
As written in the prologue, Luuk ter Beek had a very solid outing, allowing only two hits in seven innings and striking out six. After the seventh inning (and seventy-five pitches) he was pulled and replaced by Jiorgeny Casimiri, who immediately gave up a double. A sac bunt moved the runner over to third base from where he could score on a wild pitch. Casimiri struck out the the final two batters to limit the damage.
Another insurance run was added in the top of the ninth when Ryson Polonius hit a solo home run to deep right field.
Luuk ter Beek earned the win as Jiorgeny Casimiri earned the save.
Best Dutch hitter was Ryson Polonius, who went 3 for5 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored.
Tomorrow the Dutch will face South Africa, which is still without a win.