New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had himself a day on Wednesday as he ignited the Dutch offense in the World Baseball Classic.When the Dutch faced off against Chinese Taipei in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday morning at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius came to play.
First, he cranked a pitched up-and-in during his first at-bat in the second inning down the right field line and cruised into second on a double. He later scored on a Dashenko Ricardo single to make it 1-0, Netherlands.
Two innings later with the Dutch down 2-1, Didi smacked another double down the left field line off left-hander Chih-Hao Chang to score Wladimir Balentien and Jonathan Schoop to thrust his home country ahead yet again.
But, none of those was bigger than his two-out, game-tying double in the eighth inning while the Netherlands trailed Chinese Tapai by one. Facing Chang again, Gregorius lined a rope down the left field line with Xander Bogaerts on third to tie the ballgame at five.
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The Dutch got the win on a walk-off walk by Jurickson Profar in the ninth, and Didi’ 3-for-4 day with three doubles, three RBI’s and two runs scored during Wednesday’s contest certainly made it possible.
New York’s 27-year-old shortstop went 1-for-4 in the Dutch team’s 5-0 win over Korea in its opening game on Tuesday and will suit up next on Thursday, March 8, as his squad will square off against team Israel at 10:30 p.m.