Taiwan upset Netherlands in the opening game of the World Port tournament 2-1. Yao Tso Kao pitched the first five innings for Taiwan, allowing just two hits and one unearned run. Chih Hung Cheng pitched the last four innings giving up just one hit to tame the Dutch bats.
The Netherlands scored their only run in the first inning after an error and walk put two runners on to start the inning. A double play ground out moved the runner to third where he later scored on a wild pitch. The Netherlands failed to advance a runner to third in the next eight innings.
Diegomar Markwell made that one run stand out through the first seven innings. He did not allow a Taiwanese runner to reach third before turning it over to the bullpen. He scattered five hits.
Berry Van Driel retired Taiwan in the eighth. Netherlands turned it over to their closer Loek Van Mil to pitch the ninth. The seven footer struggled. Chia Wei Huang led the inning off with a single. A bunt moved Chia to second and a passed ball advanced him to third. Chun Kai Liao tied the game with a single to center. A single by Yi Chen advanced Chun to third. Tzu Chieh Lin scored Chen with a fly to right. Two walks, one by reliever Mike Bolsenbroek loaded the bases but Taiwan could not add an insurance run.
The Netherlands were retired in order to start the tournament with a loss.
Cuba 3 Curacao 2
A young Cuban team squeaked out a game against Curacao. Yoalkis Cruz worked eight innings scattering eight hits and giving up one unearned run. Curacao collected three hits off Alexander Rodriguez in the ninth inning to score one run and put the tying run at second but Cuba escaped with the win.
Cuba scored their first run created by the wildness of Marverich Lourens, who walked three, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch that set up a sacrifice fly by Osvaldo Vazquez. Marverich lasted only 1.1 innings before being relieved by Temesh Lourens. Cuba scored additional runs in the third and fifth created by the errors by the Curacao infielders.
Cuba’s next game is against Japan while Curacao plays Netherlands.