Australia, Netherlands get wins in World Baseball Classic
TOKYO (AP) — Robbie Perkins hit one of Australia’s three homers to beat South Korea 8-7 on Thursday in Group B at the Tokyo Dome.
Australia, leading 5-4 in the top of the eighth, put the game away with a three-run shot by Perkins. The blast came off Hyeon-Jong Yang, who had entered in relief in the inning and made only seven pitches and got no one out.
Australia went ahead 2-0 in the fifth, but South Korea rallied with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. That came on Euiji Yang’s three-run, line-drive home run to left field.
South Korea added another run in the sixth. But Australia scored three in the seventh to take the lead.
The seventh inning also featured a three-run homer from Robbie Glendinning, with Australia living off its power game.
South Korea scored three runs in its eighth — on five walks and a hit batter — to cut the lead to 8-7 but could not break through in the ninth.
NETHERLANDS 3, PANAMA 1
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP) — The Netherlands, after beating Cuba in the opener, won its second game in two days in Group A.
Xander Bogaerts homered in the third to give the Dutch a 1-0 lead. Jurickson Profar added to the lead in the fifth with another one-run home run.
Panama’s Erasmo Caballero cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth on an single that scored Jose Ramos.
The Netherlands picked up its final run in the eight when Bogaerts scored on a wild pitch by Alberto Baldonado.
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