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RECAP: Netherlands Embarasses Cuba In Seven Innings With Second Straight Run-Rule Win

Netherlands offense stays hot, hammers Cuba 14-1 in seven innings.

After laying waste to Israel, the Netherlands high octane offense stayed hot, putting up 14 runs in route to an easy win over Cuba. The Cuban side, who doesn't have several of their national stars due to their illegal immigration, had no answer for the bats of the Dutch, nor could they solve their pitching.

As a result, the Cuban side has been eliminated, going 0-3 in the second round with losses to Netherlands, Japan and Israel. One more game remains in Pool E, as Israel takes on Japan in a few hours.

The Netherlands wasted little time before striking on the scoreboard. A Xander Bogaerts walk, followed by a Jurickson Profar infield single and finally a Wladimir Balentien home run led to a quick 3-0 Dutch lead. From there, the runs just kept coming. Andrelton Simmons added a run-scoring single in the second, before Balentien went deep again, once again to left field.

Later in the inning, Yurendell De Caster hit another home run, a 409-foot bomb to center, opening up the score to 7-0. Entering the fourth inning, it seemed that the Netherlands already had enough runs, but they felt like adding more. Run-scoring singles by Profar, Jonathan Schoop and De Caster coupled with a wild pitch to score Shawn Zarraga pushed the score to 12-0.

Balentien would add another run batted in, his fifth, in the fifth inning, extending the lead to 13-0, but the scoring ended at 14-1. Cuba's only run came on a Victor Mesa double in the fifth.

As mentioned above, the Cubans are out of the tournament after going 0-3 in Group E. There is still a lot of interest for Netherlands however, as they await the result for Japan and Israel. Netherlands beat Israel 12-2 on March 13, but fell to them earlier in the tournament, 4-2. The Dutch and the Japanese met on March 12, with Japan winning the game in 11 innings. Since then, the Dutch have been red hot though, outscoring their opponents 26-3 in the last 15 innings.

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