The 2019 World Port Tournament 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands started on Friday with the Netherlands defeating Japan 6-5 in the opener. Japan took a 3-1 lead after four innings, but the Dutch came back to tie the contest with runs in the sixth and eighth. In the tenth inning the extra inning tie breaker rule was used and the Netherlands answered Japan’s two runs in the top of the frame with three in the bottom.
Gilmer Lampe had the game-winning hit with a walk-off RBI single. Yurendell De Caster hit a solo home run. Dwayne Kemp scored three runs. Lars Huijer pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, three runs and two walks to start the game. Tom Stuifbergen earned the win in relief. Ryuma Seki had three hits and three RBI for Japan. Koki Kajiwara scored twice. Takumi Matsukawa got charged with the loss.
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