When German starting Pitcher Tim HENKENJOHANN stepped on the mound in the 1st inning he seemed everything but ready for the strong Dutch lineup. The 27 year old right hander who pitched for the Minnesota Twins organisation a couple of years ago gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in the 1st and also had no defense behind him (3 errors). The key hit was a single by Sidney DE JONG that scored DECASTER and STATIA.
The Netherlands started their ace pitcher Leon BOYD who looked strong during his 7 innings of work.
Germany got a run back in the 2nd with 2B by Mitch FRANKE that scored Kai GRONAUER who also got on with a double.
The Netherlands scored one run in the 3rd and another one in the 4th to make it 6-1 on a single by DECASTER and a wild pitch that scored DE JONG.
After Mirko HEID came in to pitch for Germany in the 4th the German team played better baseball. The powerful Dutch offense was held scoreless from the 5th to the 9th inning. Offensively Germany scored two more runs in the 8th to make it 6-3 which was also the final score in this game. The fact that Germany stranded 2 baserunners in the 7th, 1 in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th shows that there was a chance to tie the game up.
Best batting performances today have been Sidney DE JONG (2 for 2, 2 RBI, 1 R) for the Netherlands and Kai GRONAUER (2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B) for Germany. The wining pitcher for Holland was the starter Leon BOYD (7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) and the loss went to Tim HENKENJOHANN (4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO).
The Netherlands took advantage from a weak 1st Inning by the German defense and pitcher to decide the game with a big inning. But after that both teams played at the same level. Germany recorded 11 hits while the Dutch team only had 7.
Our conclusion is that Germany has given the Netherlands the toughest game so far. But to beat the Dutch you have to play 9 excellent innings – not 8.