Dutch big leaguers hit hard… Defeat Cuba

The first win in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) was the Netherlands. The Netherlands, ranked 7th in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), defeated Cuba (8th) 4-2 in the first match of Group A of the 5th WBC group stage held at Zhouji Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan on the 8th.

The Netherlands, which reached the semifinals twice in a row in 2013 (three times) and 2017 (fourth times), secured a bridgehead to advance to the quarterfinals with this victory. As the 1st and 2nd place in Group A and the 2nd and 1st place in Group B will face each other in the quarterfinals, there is a high possibility that Korea in Group B will compete with the Netherlands for advancement to the semifinals. Cuba still has a good chance of advancing to the quarterfinals. 온라인바카라

Leading the Dutch victory on this day were former and current “big leaguers” such as Didi Hrehorius (33), Josh Palacius (28), and Chadwick Tromp (28). Hrehorius hit a tie, Palacius hit a reverse hit, and Tromp hit a wedge. Sander Bohartz (31), a colleague of Ha-seong Kim (28) of San Diego in the American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB), also helped the team win with a stable shortstop defense. Roger Bernardina (39), who played under the name “Bernardina” in the Korean professional baseball KIA in 2017 and 2018, also appeared as the second batter in the Netherlands and recorded 2 hits and 1 walk in 3 at-bats.

Cuba, which reigned as the strongest in Amaya, selected an overseas exile player as its representative from this tournament to reinforce its strength, but it only scored three hits that day. Yoann Moncada (28) and Louis Robert (26), who play for the Chicago White Sox, were placed in the 2nd and 3rd batting order, but the two players only combined for 1 hit in 7 at-bats. The Netherlands will play the next match (9th) against Panama and Cuba against Italy.

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