Panama loses to the Netherlands 3-1 in the World Baseball Classic

With the result, the national team was left with a 1-1 mark in group A of the international tournament.

In a match in which pitching predominated, the Panamanian team lost 3-1 to the Netherlands early Thursday morning and left with a 1-1 record in Group A of the World Classic, which is based in Taichung, Taiwan. .

After deploying an explosive offense against Taiwan on Wednesday, the Panamanian offense was controlled by pitching from the Netherlands, which limited them to seven isolated hits. The defense made a mistake. The Netherlands had eight hits and flawlessly played the infield.

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Panama’s only run came in the top of the sixth inning when designated hitter Erasmo Caballero grounded out to third and shortstop that drove in Jose Ramos who was on third base.
The best at bats for Panama were Luis Castillo 3-2 (one walk) and Erasmo Caballero 4-1 (one RBI) and José Ramos 4-1 (one run scored and two strikeouts).
The Panamanian pitching worked relatively well but a couple of errors cost two home runs, although fortunately they were solitary.
The first came in the bottom of the third inning when San Diego Padres shortstop Xander Bogaerts dribbled it to left field against Jaime Barría’s deliveries, while the second homer came in the fifth inning through Jurickson. Profar, who put it over the wall in right field before a pitch from Alberto Guerrero.
Netherlands’ third run came in the bottom of the eighth inning on the legs of Xander Bogaerts, who doubled, then advanced to third on Didi Gregorius’s sacrifice bunt and then scored on Alberto Baldonado’s wild pitch.

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The game-winning pitcher was starter Shairon Martis, who threw 3.1 innings, did not allow runs, had three hits, walked two and struck out four. Wendell Floranus, fifth and last pitcher used by the Netherlands, was credited with the save.
The defeated for Panama was the opener Jaime Barría, who worked 2.2 innings, allowed one run, was given four hits (one home run), walked two and struck out one. Alberto Guerrero, Severino González and Alberto Baldonado also worked.
Panama’s next game will be today Thursday at 11:30 pm against Cuba, a match in which the left-handed player from Chiriquica Andy Otero has been designated to start.

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