The Netherlands baseball team ended pool play with a loss to surprise team Israel. Although this game had no real meaning record wise it did decide the winner of the group. Israel finishes Pool A with a surprising 3-0 record while team Netherlands falls to 2-1 in the tournament. Both teams will advance to Tokyo where they will meet the two winners from pool B.
The Netherlands cam out swinging in the first inning after Jurickson Profar singled and Xander Boegarts walked, then Netherlands right fielder hit a deep fly ball to the warning track that was caught by Israel center fielder Sam Fuld. Profar tagged from second and got greedy as he tried to score. He was tagged out half way between 3rd and home, and Israel was able to get out of an early jam. Israel was able to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st on hits by Nate Freiman and Ryan Lavarnway. Zach Borenstien also had an RBI groundout.
The score would stay that way until the top of the third when Xander Boegarts grounded out to third and Randolph Oduber scored to make it 3-1. Both teams would bear down as the score would stay 3-1 into the 6th.
The top of the 6th seemed to be off to a good start as Jurickson Profar ripped a double but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Team Israel would tack on another run in the bottom half of the frame, after loading the bases with no one out, Zach Borenstein grounded into a double play which allowed Ty Kelly to score.
In the top of the 8th the Netherlands was able to load the bases with 1 out Jonathan Schoop drove in his brother Sharlon to make the score 4-2. The next batter DiDi Gregorious would ground into a double play to end the inning.
The Netherlands would go 1-2-3 in the top of the 9th and Team Israel would finish pool play a surprising 3-0. The Netherlands finish pool play 2-1. Both teams are off again until next Sunday when they will open up second round pool play at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
Jonathan Schoop will look to rebound in the second round after going 2 for 12 with 1 RBI in the opening round.
In the bottom of the 8th, 7 foot 1 inch Netherlands picther Loek Van Mil faced 6 foot 8 inch Israel first basemen Nate Freiman in the tallest match up in World Baseball Classic history
Jonathan and Sharlon Schoop became the first set of brothers to play together in the World Baseball Classic.
First pitch was at 12:08 PM KST
The game took 3:12 to complete
Pool A wraps up at 4:30 EST when host Korea takes on Chinese Taipei for 3rd place.