It was a 16 seed over a 1 seed when it happened over the weekend. But who would have thought the Netherlands would have had it in ’em to do it again? The Dutch knocked off the Dominican Republic in the WBC last night 2-1 in 11 innings.
After the Dominicans scored in the top of the eleventh on a misplayed fly ball, the Dutch answered with two in the bottom half for the win. From ESPN.com…
[“How the hell did we come back in the 11th?” Netherlands reliever Rob Cordemans said. “I don’t know how we did it. I don’t even remember. I was just running all over the place. I don’t even know what I’m saying.”
What else was there to say? Instead of trying to explain, they danced and yelled at the top of their lungs. They hugged each other and poured water and soda and anything else they could find on each other. Soon each player was drenched or splattered with shaving cream.
“This is as exciting as winning a World Series,” pitching coach Bert Blyleven said.]
“These guys, they did it,” David Ortiz said. “They beat us. I tell you, the whole world is shocked now. Even in Japan, they’re like ‘What the heck?’ in Japanese…Oh, God, thank God I don’t have to go back home for a while,” Ortiz said. “I’m telling you right now, in the Dominican, there had to be a blackout right now.”
Australia, which features three former BlueClaws (Brad Harman, Joel Naughton, Drew Naylor) faces Mexico today in an elimination game. Naughton and Naylor are yet to get into a game, but Harman, who made his Phillies debut last year, is 3-7 with four runs scored in their two games.
The will also play today, against Venezuela. Winner takes the pool.