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The Netherlands advance to Round 2 of WBC

Mar 5, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

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The Kingdom of the Netherlands held on to defeat Australia 4-1 on Tuesday to advance to the Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic.

The Dutch know they’re moving on because of a tiebreaker advantage; should Chinese Taipei and Korea both join them at 2-1. Chinese Taipei (2-0) will advance if it beats Korea (1-1) or loses by five runs or fewer in the Pool B finale. Korea would have to rout Chinese Taipei in order to get the spot.

Australia went 0-3 in the tourney.

The Netherlands did their scoring early today, getting one run in the first and three in the second. Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop homered for the final two runs.

As they had been all tournament, Australia’s bats were quiet, though the team finally made it interesting in the end by threatening in each of the last three innings. The Aussies got their lone run in the seventh, collected two more hits in the eighth and then barely missed tying it in the ninth when former Phillies prospect Brad Harman’s bid for a three-run homer was hauled in at the warning track. 7-foot-1 closer Loek Van Mil was able to escape afterwards and pick up the save for The Netherlands.

38-year-old Robbie Cordemans, a four-time Olympian and three-time rep for The Netherlands in the WBC, got the win after throwing five scoreless innings.

  1. vipdeportes - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Great Blog, you should follow to all the latest news

    • blacksables - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      No, it’s not a great blog. Matthew forgot to mention his previous post where he stated that he doubted if the Netherlands would even win a game.

      Yet here they are advancing to the second round for the second tournament in row.

  2. mybrunoblog - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Yeah the netherlands is known as a real hotbed of baseball talent and fandom.

    • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Thee of the top 100 prospects are Dutch: Jurickson Profar, Jonathan Schoop and Xander Bogaerts. Add Andrelton Simmons and Roger Bernadina to that, and yeah, they have quite some talent.

      • paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        Well, yeah, if you want to consider people from Curaçao (which is now it’s own country rather than a territory) to be “Dutch”…..I guess that mean people from India used to be British. There really isn’t much Dutch talent….as the Dutch are people from the Netherlands (and their descendants), which does not include Profar, Schoop, or Bogaerts.

      • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Actually it’d be more like calling people from Scotland British. Which most people actually do.

        As for Dutch talents, well we had Rick van der Hurk, the late Greg Halman, Loek van Mil, Rob Cordemans, David Bergman, Tom Stuifbergen, Deigomar Markewell. Does Leon Boyd count, as he spend his entire childhood in the Netherlands.

      • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a sovereign state with four constituent countries. All citizen of the four countries are citizens of the Netherlands, and thus hold both the Dutch and the European citizenship.

        This is not the case for former colonies that have since left the Kingdom, such as Surinam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, or New York. Although many Surinam players such as Clarence Seedorf, Edson Braafheid, Edgar Davids, and Jarrel Hasselbaink have played for the Dutch national football team.

      • albertmn - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Hey, we have a Hall of Famer that was born there, Bert Blyleven. More than some countries may be able to claim.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Cktai 1, Paper 0. Not that paper will ever admit defeat…

      • locustfarm - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Those guys are from Curaçao, which is off the coast of Venezuela. NOT the Netherlands. They may be partially ethnically Dutch, but some may not be. They’re considered Dutch because Curaçao is a constituent country of the Netherlands.

      • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Actually Bogaerts is from Aruba.

        Other than the fact that Curaçao is indeed part of sovereign state known as the Netherlands as you later corrected yourself; I don’t see how your comment changes anything I said here before.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        It doesn’t. Which is laughable, it’s like saying citizens of Latin-american descent in California aren’t “American” because they weren’t bred in the true and proper northeast coast towns.

      • paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        No, it wouldn’t be like calling the Scottish British, as each of those peoples have very similar lineages. It really is more like calling someone from India, British or someone from St. Barts French.

        Puerto Rico is just as much a part of the US (Probably more so, as it is not it’s own country, as Curacao is), yet PR has its own WBC team.

      • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Someone from St Barts is French actually. Ask them. The distance from Hawaii to New York is about the same as the distance from Amsterdam to Willemstad.

        India however, is not part of the sovereign state of the United Kingdom, hence someone from India would not be British. This is not a matter of lineage, or the United States would be full of Dutch people. No it is a matter of political divides. If you are born in one of the countries of the sovereign states of the Netherlands, or born to a citizen of the Netherlands, you are for all purposes Dutch. You can freely travel inside the Netherlands and all the European countries which constitute the Shengen.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Paper, seriously, just stop. You just keep digging a bigger hole for yourself. Now you’re saying people from St. Barts aren’t French! LOL.

      • jwbiii - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        ” it’s like saying citizens of Latin-american descent in California aren’t “American””

        Adrian Gonzalez, born in San Diego, is playing 1B for Mexico. Of course he’s American. He’s just eligible to play for another team.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        And that invalidates my comment how?

    • stex52 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I worked for a while in the Netherlands. Where I was, there wasn’t a lot of baseball. Women’s softball was popular, though.

      • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Where were you located? There are baseball clubs spread throughout the Netherlands, but the nucleus is around Haarlem, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam.

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    A 7 foot 1 closer? How hard does he throw?

    • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      93 mph…

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        Thank You!

      • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        That was actually quite disappointing btw. You see this enormously tall guy step on the mount who looks like he is standing on stilts, with the commentator talking about how length helps you throw harder, and he only hits 93.

        Look at those legs though. Unnatural

  4. bat42boy - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Who cares?

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