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Andrelton Simmons goes 3-for-5 as Dutch shut out Korea

Mar 2, 2013, 12:28 PM EST

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After defending champion Japan barely survived Brazil’s upset bid, South Korea was dealt quite a blow in its attempt to return to the World Baseball Classic finals, losing to The Netherlands 5-0 in Pool B play.

Diegomar Markwell, Orlando Yntema, Leon Boyd and Mark Pawelek combined on the shutout for the Dutch. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-5 with two doubled from the leadoff spot, and Andrew Jones went 2-for-4 with a double as the DH.

Korea played an uncharacteristically sloppy game, committing four errors. The team also collected just four hits, all of them singles.

While The Netherlands has a nice lineup — the team also features Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina, Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien and top Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts — pitching figured to be its undoing. Korea, though, could get no handle on today’s journeymen, none of whom are employed by major league clubs. The 32-year-old Markwell pitched in the Blue Jays system from 1997-2003, going 5-7 with a 7.04 ERA in Double-A his final season. Pawelek was a 2005 first-round pick of the Cubs, but he never made it past A ball in the Cubs or Reds systems.

Korea will now likely have to come back and beat both Chinese Taipei and Australia in order to advance in the WBC. The Netherlands will be aiming to go to the second round for the second straight tournament. In 2009, the Dutch advanced on a tiebreaker as one of three Pool D teams to go 1-2.

  1. cktai - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    It’s good to see the Dutch having some offensive force for a change. They didn’t even need the Korean fielding errors, they had 10 hits with 4 doubles and 4 walks.

  2. blacksables - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    How do you figure the Dutch went 1-2 when they beat the Dominican Republic twice?

    Did you also just say yesterday that they had no chance to win a game?

    • cktai - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Oh I missed that, that is very, very sloppy reporting, three errors in a single sentence.

      The Netherlands went 2-2 in Pool D.
      Panama went 0-2 so there was only one team to go 1-2 in that pool.
      There were no tiebreakers in the previous format, it was a double elimination bracket.

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