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.