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Cuba downs Netherlands

Big fifth inning breaks game open for Cuba

August 18, 2008 · MT Athletic Communications
BEIJING - The Netherlands and former Blue Raider baseball player Tjerk Smeets fell 14-3 to Cuba in its fifth preliminary game of the 2008 Olympic games.

The Netherlands had 10 hits in the game against Cuba and led 2-1 going into the fifth inning. Cuba broke it open in the bottom of the fifth scoring five runs and then added four more runs in the sixth and eighth innings.

Smeets did bat in the game but did have two putouts after relieving Martijn Meeuwis who pinch hit for starting catcher Sidney de Jong.

Designated hitter Percy Isenia led the Netherlands at the plate going 2 for 3 with a home run. Leftfielder Bryan Engelhardt hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the Netherlands the 2-1 lead.

Cuba's Alexei Bell led Cuba going 4 for 5 at the plate with three RBI and scoring two runs.

The Netherlands will be back in action on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Beijing time and 9:30 p.m. CDT when it faces Canada.

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