We played our 3rd game since being here in Florida, and came up with our second indecisive though helpful game. We tied 4-4 against the University of South Florida Bulls in Tampa, Florida. They came out hungry and knocked in 3 runs in the first inning off Sydney Ponson (from Aruba, pitched for the Yankees last season). They added another in the 4th, but we were able to keep their scrappy, left-handed dominated and quick offence. I threw the 9th inning facing only 3 hitters, and almost being decapitated by my catcher Kenley Jansen during a throw down to second gunning out a potential base stealer. We came back and rallied for 4 runs in the 7th inning to tie it up. Yurendell DeCaster was our offensive force today having 4 solid at bats including 3 hits. Overall, a quality game, and I was happy to see the fight, teamwork, unity, defence and hunger we showed in the second half of the game.
All the 16 countries participating in the World Baseball Classic had to input their rosters yesterday, and they were released to the public today here on MLB.com. Our roster is solid. We have 13 pitchers, 2 catchers (Sharlon Schoop is a short stop), 8 infielders, and 5 outfielders.
Our starting lineup should be strong enough to knock in a few runs a game, so I believe if our pitching staff can hold the ridiculously hard hitting teams we're playing to around 2-4 runs, we have a chance, yes a chance to upset and move on in this tourney... Oh, that would be Amazing!! Cheer your arses off, and keep your fingers crossed we play some awesome baseball (honkbal for all your dutchies)!
Here's a link to the dutch baseball federations' website, if you can read dutch (or you can easily copy and paste at google translate here) check it out. Our press officer Loet is the writer of these updates, and if you can read dutch or fell like spending a solid 10 minutes copy and pasting definitely hit up this site to follow our trip from another persons eyes.
Here's Sydney making his first start down here and us facing USF...