On day two of the European Championship in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, the following games were played: Sweden vs Russia, Spain vs Greece (the second mercy rule victory for the Spaniards), Czech Republic vs Great Britain, Italy vs France, Croatia vs Belgium and the Netherlands vs Germany.
Greece 1 – 12 Spain
Another mercy rule victory for the team from the Iberian peninsula.
The Spanish pitching allowed only two hits of which one was a homerun down the left field line hit by Max Gouoren.
Spain outhit Greece 13 -2. Five of those thirteen hits were doubles and Jesus Ustariz hit a three run homerun.
The two errors that Greece committed did not lead to any unearned runs. The Spanish defense was flawless.
Spain scored four runs in the first inning on two singles and a homerun and never looked back.
Jorge Balboa earned the win after five innings of work. He gave up just one hit, walked one and struck out seven. Dimitros Kourtis took the loss. In four innings he gave up five runs on seven hits. He walked just one and struck out four.
Best hitter for Spain was Vancarlo Franco. He went 3 for 3 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored.
Russia 1 – 8 Sweden
The second game of Sweden also laste the full nine innings. Nevertheless the game vs Russia ended with an easy victory. Without big innings the Swedes cruised to a 8-1 win.
A run in the first inning, two runs in the third, a run in the fifth, two runs in the sixth and two in the eighth were enough to secure the win.
Russia scored its sole run in the fifth inning on a fielding error by Swedish shortstop Nicholas Filice.
Four Swedish hitters went 2 for 4: Joel Johnson with two doubles and three runs scored, Johan Klarberg with two singles, two RBI and one run scored. Matthew Merrifield drove in two runs on two singles and Leonard Baeckstroem doubled once, drove in a run and scored three times.
Winning pitcher for Sweden was Emil Sahlin. In seven innings he gave up one unearned run on five hits. He walked six and fanned five. Despite the error that Sweden committed, the pitcing was backed by its defense that turned three double plays.
Andrey Lobanov lasted 5.2 innings in which he allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits. Lobanov walked three and struck out six.
Great Britain 1 – 4 Czech Republic
Another game, another win for the Czech Republic and another loss for Great Britain. For the Czechs it wasn’t a blow out score as it was yesterday vs Russia and for the Britisch it wasn’t a punishment like it was yesterday vs the Netherlands.
A one run first inning, a one run second inning and a two run fourth inning was enough for the Czechs to clinch the victory. The British scored their only run in the sixth inning when Zach Wiley singled with two outs, followed by a single down the left field line hit by Maikel Azcuy. Wiley advanced to third on the hit. When Brett Rosen singled up the middel, Wiley put the British on the board.
Both teams collected seven hits but with four runs, the Czechs were more clutch than the British.
Martin Schneider earned the win for the Czech Republic. In five innings he allowed three hits, one walk and struck out three.
Cody Chartrand took the loss for Great Britain. He lasted four innings in which he gave up four runs on five hits. He walked one and fanned four.
Best hitter for the Czech Republic was first baseman Petr Cech, who went 2 for 3 with two runs scored.
Belgium 5 – 1 Croatia
After Belgium had taken a 1-0 lead over Croatia in the first inning, it took them four innings to score again. In two of the three scoreless innings, Belgium had runners in scoring position but could not take advantage of it.
Eventually in the fifth inning, Belgium flexed its muscles. It started with Dennis Ribbens at third base who could score on a sac fly to right field, hit by Benjamin Dille. Then Thomas de Wolf doubled to right center field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hans Heyrman came throug with a single to left field on which De Wolf could score. Then Steven de Lannoy tripled to right center field to drive in Heyrman for the third run of the inning.
In the ninth Belgium scored an insurance run but that was not really necessary as Croatia had only scored one run in the eighth. Tomic Andrija led off the inning with a triple down the right field line and was driven in on a single to second base by Kruno Gojkovic.
Terrence Antonacci went the distance and earned the win for Belgium. He gave up one run on eleven hits, walked none and struck out one.
James Summers lasted seven innings and allowed four runs on twelve hits. He walked one and didn’t strike someone out.
Best hitter for Belgium was Hans Heyrmans who went 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored.
France 3 – 6 Italy
For one inning France may have hoped for a surprise as the team overcame a three run deficit in the sixth inning. Eventually Italy stepped on it and walked away with the win.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Maxime Lefevre doubled to left field, followed by 5-3 ground out, hit by Leonel Cespedes on which Lefevre advanced to third. After France got runners on the corners when Felix Brown was hit by a pitch, Rene Leveret hit a bases clearing double. When Frederic Hanvi singled to center field, Leveret scored the game tying run.
But Italy bounced back in the very same inning. With Alessandro Vaglio on second, Marco Sabbatini singled to left field and advanced to third on a fielding error by France’s left fielder. Vaglio scored on the play. Sabbatini scored when Sebastiano Poma singled to right field on a ground ball. Italy would score one more time in the seventh inning and kept France at bay as the French did have runners in scoring position in each of the last three innings but could not cash in.
Tiago da Sivla earned the win for Italy. In two innings of relief, he allowed two hits and struck out five. Nicholas Pugliese earned the save. In the ninth inning he issued a hit and struck out one.
Maximin Monbeig (how do you pronounce that?) took the loss. In 2.1 innings he gave up three runs on three hits and two walks.
Best hitter for Italy was Alessandro Vaglio who went 2 for 2 with a double and a homerun, one RBI and four runs scored.
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