TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Pitchers Diegomar Markwell and Orlando Yntema combined to help shut out favored South Korea and lead the Netherlands to a 5-0 win at the World Baseball Classic on Saturday.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-5, including two doubles, for the Dutch team. South Korea had an uncharacteristically sloppy performance that included four errors, while seven pitchers combined to give up 10 hits — including two to former Atlanta Braves slugger Andruw Jones.
Host Taiwan beat Australia 4-1 in the other Group B game earlier Saturday.
The Netherlands and Taiwan face off Sunday.
The top two teams in the group advance to the WBC's next round later this month in Tokyo.