We had a bit of a rough one today. We lost 5-0 to Chinese Taipei.
We were good, they were strong. They had only 3 more hits then us, but they were very timely strikes, and they capitalized on our errors and free passes.
We need to play our top baseball tomorrow facing the tough task in the USA. They are comprised of future major leaguers all playing the highest level of minor league ball. It will be a good test, and I think if we play our game we should have no problem playing with them if not even winning the game.
Again tomorrow, we play bright and early. I don't think it affected us today, as we were all up by about 6:30. It will be even earlier tomorrow because we are the home team so our batting practice is 45 minutes earlier.
I didn't have any action today, Bergman started and went 4 1/3, Cordemans relieved for 3 2/3, the Draijer threw the 8th. Taiwan being the home team did not need their at bats in the 9th.
Hopefully we come out a little hotter tomorrow and play a good game. Wish us luck!
Kingsale, our centerfielder, stretching and taking in the pregame festivities. They had these mini dragons and monkeys (people in costume of course just so that you don't think there were really monkeys on the field). It was entertaining, and very different. Chinese culture coming through in the baseball games
David Bergman (todays starter) preparing to deliver a pitch early in the game. We had a crowd of about 1500-2000 fans, about 98% of them cheering for the opposition
Some of the guys watching the ballgame in the dugout
Sharnol Adriana (first base) at bat against their starter, Chen. A lefty throwing 89-92 MPH, he kept us at bay all game
L -> R... Micheal Duursma (shortstop), Brian Englehaart (left field) and Yurendell deCaster (first base) all taking in the first Olympic game for us
Kind of a different scoreboard here, They show KMH, and MPH, also batters name and number, along with balls strikes and outs
Sidney getting the signs with one of their big guys at the plate
This is about the best artwork you'll see out of me in photographs, sorry.
Doping tests. They randomly select 1 or more guys after each game to test for banned substances. Raily was chosen today. The crappy part is, when they choose you, you cannot leave their sight until you pee for them. So these fella's were standing right next to Raily until he went with them finally
Final scoreboard, tough game, but we were never out of it