Mainz Athletics one win away from championship

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor baseball bundesligaAfter beating up the Regensburg Legionaere 13-2 in game one, the Mainz Athletics won game two at their home ballpark, beating Regensburg 5-0. Next Saturday in Regensburg can be the decisive game for Mainz. If they win that game they can raise the championship banner. 

Despite the 5-0 win, the Athletics did not quite outhit the Legionaere. Mainz collected eight hits and Regensburg six. But Mainz was simply more effective.

The pitching of Mainz was superior. Eric Massingham pitched 7.2 innings and limited Regensburg to five hits, walked one and fanned four. His successor on the mound, Tim Stahlmann pitched the final 1.1 inning and gave up one hit and a walk.

On the side of Regensburg, Clayton Voechting pitched 6.2 innings in which he gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits, walked four and struck out six. Jonathan Eisenhuth pitched 1.1 inning and gave up one homerun.

When in the eighth inning, after Massingham was replaced by Stahlmann, Regensburg loaded the bases, the Legionaere had a glimpse of hope but Stahlmann got out of the jam without any damage.

At that point the offense of the Athletics had done some damage already. The Athletics scored their first run in the first inning when Thomas de Wolf drove in Kevin Kutowski with a ground ball single. In the third inning Peter Johannessen hit a homerun. Thomas de Wolf then scored on Lennard Stoecklin’s single. Peter Johannessen scored once more in the fifth, this time on a sac fly by Max Boldth. Trey Stover hit a solo shot in the eighth inning to reach the final score.

Eric Massingham earned the win and Clayton Voechting took the loss.

Best hitter for Mainz was Peter Johannessen, who went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Here is another summary of the game. Play by play announcer is Tim Collins.

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