The NT lost 3-2 to the Netherlands on Saturday. Chien-Fu Yang of the Sinon Bulls started the game and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits over 5 IP. A costly hit-batsman thrown by MC Hsu in the 9th inning would come around to score in the 9th, proving to be the difference in the game.
Coach Kuo is now expected to make an impending decision on his final 24 man roster for the WC. Aside from the 4 Lions playing in the Konami Cup, Chung-Shou Yang of the Nippon Ham Fighters won't be playing in the WC, as he is participating in the Phoenix Instructional League. Cobras slugger Chia-Hsien Hsieh is also not 100% health-wise and DNP in the 4 warm-up matches. Pitchers Chih-Lung Huang and Yu-Cheng Liao are expected to make a push for one spot on the team, while OF Kuo-Hui Lo has pretty much cemented his status on the roster. See original NT roster here.