European Championship 2010, Day 6, July 28:
Netherlands – Germany 3-0
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The Dutch team has clinched the number one seed in Group A after the preliminary round at the European Championship with a 3-0 shutout over Germany on Wednesday in a rainy Heidenheim. The game was interrupted by a lengthy rain delay in the seventh inning. While the Netherlands waited in the dugout, the German bench players supported the efforts of the ground crew.
Leon Boyd (W 1-0) and Arshwin Asjes combined to allow just three hits and a pair of walks during nine scoreless innings to lead their team to the win. The offense scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third, when Sidney de Jong walked on four pitches with two outs and the bases loaded. After the rain delay, they added two more runs on RBI singles by Bryan Engelhardt and Sidney de Jong. Germany had a chance to come back in the eighth, when Cedric Bassel and Sascha Lutz reached base with no outs. However Jendrick Speer’s groundball to third led to a double play. They also had runners on the corners later in the frame, but a Ludwig Glaser struck out to end the threat.
Tim Henkenjohann (L 0-1) was a little bit wild, but did a great job to keep Germany in the game, giving up just two runs on four hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings. Both starting pitchers didn’t return to the mound after the rain delay. Asjes replaced Boyd in the top of eighth, Eugen Heilmann Henkenjohann with one out and one man on in the bottom of the seventh.
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