Kansas City’s Sidney Ponson made his second start of the season on Wednesday and pitched six solid innings in a 4-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The Dutch World Baseball Classic hurler gave up two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out three. He threw 89 pitches, 50 for strikes. Ponson left with the game tied at 2-2, but reliever Kyle Farnsworth allowed three runs in the seventh and the Royals lost.
In Washington, D.C. the start of fellow Dutch pitcher Shairon Martis was rained out. He is now slated to pitch on Thursday in the series final against the Philadelphia Phillies (7.05pm ET).
However the Nationals brought back another former member of the Netherlands National Team. Outfielder Roger Bernadina was called up on Wednesday to replace the disappointing Lastings Milledge on the active roster. Bernadina, who hit .250 during Major League spring training had just three hits in 18 at bats so far for Syracuse in the International League (Triple-A). The 24-year-old made his big league debut last year, being called up two times. Bernadina is not going to start with the Nats, as Elijah Dukes, Austin Kearns, Josh Willingham and Adam Dunn will play every day in the outfield with Kearns and Willingham splitting time.