- Dirk van Clooster with a bases-loaded double, to put the Netherlands up 3-0.
- An error by Panama allows Dirk van Clooster to score, 4-0.
- Hainley Statia drives in another, 5-0. 2 outs (should be one out, 6-0, but Percy Izenia was thrown out at home a couple plays ago), guys on 1st and 3rd. Panama brings up their third pitcher of the inning.
- Bienvenido Cedeno (that's Spanish for "Welcome, Cedeno") strikes out Mark Duursma to end the threat. Middle of the 1st, Dutch up by 5.
- Bottom of the 1st: 18-year-old Shairon Martis takes 11 pitches to get three outs, walking one.
- Top of the 2nd: Sidney de Jong singles, but is erased by a Randall Simon double play.
- Bottom of the 2nd: 1-2-3 inning by Shairon Martis, 2IP, 25 pitches, no hits. In 2005, Baseball America rated him the #10 prospect in the Arizona League (he's in the Giants system). Dutch still lead, 5-0.
- Top of the 3rd: Dirk van Klooster is up to bat again. But the ESPN feed say his name is Dirk van't Klooster. Googling both suggests WBC has his name wrong. Weird.
- Dirk van't get on base. But three consecutive 2-out hits by Danny Rombley, Harvey Monte, and Hainley Statia (what boring names) bring the score to 6-0.
- Mark Duursma gets HBP, loading the bases, but Ivanon Coffie flies out to end the inning. In 3 innings the Netherlands have as many hits (10) and more runs (6) than they got total in their first two games, against Cuba and Puerto Rico. Tough division.
- Man, the stadium is empty.
- Damn, another 1-2-3 inning by Martis. 3 IP, 39 pitches, 0H, 1 baserunner. End of 3rd, Netherlands up by 6.
- Top of the 4th: Dirk van/van't Klooster singles in Sidney de Jong. 7-0 Dutch.
- Bottom of the 4th: Martis continues his dominance, retiring 3 more batters; that's 10 in a row. He's up to 47 pitches, so probably has only 1 inning left.
- Top of the 5th: Dammit, more name confusion. Which sucks because the cool names are the main reason I'm watching this. The WBC site says the guy at bat is Mark Duursma, ESPN says his first name is Michael. Why is this so difficult?
- Mark/Mike Duursma gets a hit; guys on 1st and 3rd with one out. Ivanon Coffie at the plate...And he gets a single, 8-0.
- Panama bringing in their 5th pitcher.
- Hey, where the hell is David Aardsma? That guy's gotta be Dutch.
- Sharnol Adriana pinch-hits for Randall Simon and gets a double. 9-0 Dutch, two in scoring position, with 2 out (de Jong struck out).
- Wild pitch! Ivanon Coffie scores, 10-0. Mercy rule is 15 until the 7th, so there's still much more baseball to be played.
- Here comes pitcher #6 for Panama. In the 5th inning. Why not, I suppose. And he gets the final out.
- Holy Crap. Shairon Martis gets through the bottom of the 5th in 5 pitches. Given 65 is his maximum, shouldn't the Panamanian team be a little more patient? I mean, if they just stood around without swinging he'd have to throw at least 9 pitches per inning, and would be gone after 6 at the latest. I don't see how this is the same team that nearly beat Cuba and Puerto Rico.
- Netherlands fails to score in the top of the 6th. Martis comes back out...
- ...and gets 3 more outs in 5 pitches. This is ridiculous. I can only assume the Panamanians have given up and just want to go home.
- And the game is over, mercy rule. Martis pitched a 7-inning no-hitter - not something you'd expect given he wasn't allowed to throw more than 65 pitches. Dutch score 10, and Andruw Jones wasn't even in the lineup. I sure can pick 'em.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Following my new favorite team, in their last game of the tournament. Here's hoping a lot of guys with cool names do important things.