What appeared to become a game in which L&D Amsterdam Pirates did not have much of a chance to close the gap as they trailed 5-2, turned into a nail biter. The Amsterdam based team managed to tie the game in the final inning, so extra innings were needed.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 6 – 5 Curacao Neptunus
Last week during the European Championship, Rob Cordemans was pretty sharp but today he was hit hard in the first inning already. Back-to-back-to-back singles, a muffed throw and a sac fly gave Curacao Neptunus a 3-0 after the first inning.
In the top of the second inning, Pirates got on the board on a single by Rashid Gerard to left field and a fielding error by left fielder Randolph Oduber that allowed Danny Rombley to score.
Curacao Neptunus starter, Diegomar Markwell was practically unhittable. In six innings he only gave up two runs on three hits and three walks and struck out one. After Berry van Driel, who had replaced Markwell in the seventh, was replaced by Kevin Kelly, Pirates started to hit. Kelly managed to record only one out and loaded the bases before he was replaced by Loek van Mil. Danny Rombley then hit through the left side to drive in two runs, so Pirates got within one run of Neptunus.
In the ninth inning, Pirates managed to score the game tying run when, with Michael Duursma at second and two outs, Nick Urbanus singled through the right side.
Neptunus came very close to scoring the walk off run as Dwayne Kemp singled to right field and his brother Urving was sent home from second by the third base coach of Neptunus. But a stong throw from right fielder Danny Rombley nailed Kemp at home plate for the second out of the inning. Neptunus loaded the bases once more but Rien Vernooij grounded into a 6-4 force out for the final out of the inning.
In the tenth and eleventh inning, neither team did score but in the twelfth, Misja Harcksen, just released by the Dodgers, took the mound as he replaced Loek van Mil.
Harcksen struggled a bit and eventually, Kenny Berkenbosch scored from third on a passed ball. When Dennis Burgersdijk replaced Tom de Blok on the mound, he retired the first two batters before giving up a triple to Shaldimar Daantji. But Burgersdijk retired Christian Diaz on a 4-3 ground out for the save.
Tom de Blok earned the win as he lasted three innings in relief in which he gave up three hits, walked two and fanned three.
Misja Harcksen took the loss as he pitched one inning and gave up the game winning run on one hit and two walks.
Best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates was Michael Duursma, who went 1 for 2 with one RBI and two walks.
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