On the third day of the European Championship the follwing games were scheduled:
Czech Republic vs Sweden, Spain vs Croatia, Great Britain vs Germany, France vs Greece and Italy vs Belgium.
Croatia 0 – 6 Spain
In the first game of the day, Spain’s victory never was in danger. Pitcher Lowuin Sacramento lasted seven innings and gave up four hits and struck out a whopping ten batters.
Spain’s first run was scored in the second inning when Jesus Martinez scored from second base on a single hit by Lesther Galvan.
A double to left center by Luis Guillorme drove in two runs for a three run lead.
Spain would score two more runs for a 6-0 victory.
Spain colleted eight hits and Croatia got five. Spain clearly hit better when it mattered most.
Despite the six runs that he gave up, Marin Tadic pitched a complete game. No surprise that he took the loss.
Best hitter for Spain was Lesther Galvan who went 2 for 4 with three RBI.
Sweden 1 – 6 Czech Republic
No blowout score but the Czechs never had any trouble to secure the victory.
A four run first inning proved to be enough for the central Europeans. A fielding error by Swedish third baseman Sjoers led to the first run for the Czechs. The second run was scored on a throwing error by pitcher Albin Sivard. Tomas Junec’ single to center field drove in two runs for the 4-0 lead.
The Czech Republic walked away as they scored two more runs. It took Sweden until the eighth inning to get on the board. Joel Johnson doubled to left center field and scored on Matthew Merrifield’s double to left field.
Boris Bokaj earned the win after six innings in which he issued four hits, walked two and fanned six. Albin Sivard ,who recorded only one out in the first inning before he was pulled, took the loss. He gave up four runs (one earned) on no hits.
Best hitter for the Czech Republic was Tomas Junec, who went 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Greece 1 – 7 France
Unexpectedly Greece took the lead in this game. Dimitrios Koutris doubled down the right field line, advanced to third on a 3-1 ground out and scored on Alexandros Gounaris’ sac fly to center field.
But it didn’t take long before France would take the lead. In the fourth inning, France had tied the game and in the fifth, les bleus would score four. With the bases loaded, Frederic Hanvi hit a bases clearing double to give France the lead.
The French would score two more runs, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Marc-Andre Habeck earned the win after seven inings. He gave up one run on three hits, walked two and fanned five.
Theodor Bournadiotis took the loss for Greece. In 6.1 innings he gave up seven runs (six earned) on ten hits and five walks.
Best hitter for France was Frederic Hanvi, who went 3 for 3 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.
Great Britain 2 – 3 Germany
A close win for Germany vs Great Britain. After the Germans took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Ludwig Glaser’s single to center field.
But the British would take the lead in the third inning. A single by Spencer Kreisberg, a triple hit by Nateshon Thomas and a double hit by Richard Klijn drove in two runs for the British lead.
After Germany tied the game in the fifth inning, the British pitcher Conrad Cornell committed a throwing error in the seventh inning when Philip Schulz laid down a bunt. Eventually this would lead to the winning run for the Germans as Max Boldt singled to right field.
Maurice Wilhelm would pitch 2.2 innings for the win as he gave up only two hits.
Cornell took the loss after three innings. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk and struck out one.
Best hitter for Germany was Max Boldt who went 3 for 4. He drove in a run and scored one.
Belgium 0 – 15 Italy
For Belgium this was a calculated loss. But Belgian manager Sven Hendrickx kept pitcher Kenny van den Branden in the dugout, which was greeted with some cheer by the Italians. Last year with the European Cup, Van den Branden kept Fortitudo Bologna in check and led Curacao Neptunus to the European Cup win.
But even though this was a calculated loss, the numbers Belgium lost with must have been quite a blow.
Belgian pitcher Robbe de Jongh took the loss after 2.0 innings and two pitchers faced in the third. He gave up six runs on eight hits and a walk.
Carlos Richetti pitched a five innings “complete” game in which he gave up only four hits and struck out six.
Best hitter for Italy was Stefano Desimoni who went 3 for 3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
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