European Champions Cup 2017: Day 1

Next, to the two games in which the two Dutch representatives played, there were two other games featuring the Mainz Athletics and the Rouen Huskies and the Buchbinder Legionnaere from Regensburg and the Rimini Pirates.

Mainz Athletics  7  –  17  Rouen Huskies

In a crazy game, the Mainz Athletics blew a 3-1 and a 5-3 lead to lose in eight innings against the Rouen Huskies. Tim Stahlmann struggled through five innings as he threw about 50 pitches in the first two innings. In total he threw 131 pitches in the five innings he lasted. But the entire pitching staff of Mainz was hit hard. Lennard Stoecklin allowed four runs, Ben Briggs allowed six and Max Boldt didn’t record an out in the eighth inning as he gave up the game-ending run which led to a mercy-rule shortened game.
The Huskies’ starting pitcher Jean Granado also struggled when he gave up seven runs (five earned) on eleven hits, but he lasted long enough (7.1 innings) for the win. He also threw an unlikely number of pitches: 144.
Gabriel Fromental was the best hitter for the Huskies. He went 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, three RBi and three runs scored.

A.S.D. Rimini Pirates  5  –  2  Buchbinder Legionaere

A bitter loss for Mike Bolsenbroek. The Dutch pitcher of the Legionaere pitched a gem in 7.2 innings in which he kept the Italians limited to five hits and kept them from scoring until he gave up a two-run home run in the eighth. Bolsenbroek threw 122 pitches. 

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Mike Bolsenbroek: 7.2 strong innings (photo: Dutch Baseball Hangout)

After Bolsenbroek gave up the home run, he was replaced by the very young Daniel Mendelsohn (19 years old). Mendelsohn had problems in finding the strike zone in the eighth inning but he managed to get out of the inning without further damage.
After giving up back-to-back walks, a balk and another walk, Mendelsohn gave up a double to Juan Carlos Infante that drove in two more runs. A sac fly drove in the final run for the Italians.
Regensburg managed to do something back in the ninth to make the result a bit more bearable. With runners on first and second, Elias von Garsen doubled through the left side to drive in Jeffreiy Arndt. Alexander Schmidt scored from third base on a sac fly hit by Jannis Muschik. 
Jose Rosario earned the win after seven strong innings in which he gave up two hits, walked four and fanned ten. Mike Bolsenbroek took the loss as he gave up only six hits and struck out six.
Best hitter for A.S.D. Rimini Pirates was Juan Carlos Infante, who went 3 for 5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.



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