New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had himself a day on Wednesday as he ignited the Dutch offense in the World Baseball Classic.
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.
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.