European Champions Cup 2017: Easy victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

In the second matchup vs an Italian opponent in as many days, L&D Amsterdam cruised through nine innings for an easy win. Rob Cordemans pitched six innings in which he gave up only one run. At bat, Pirates was more efficient than their opponent, as they beat A.S.D. Rimini Pirates 9-2.

After a scoreless first inning, the bats of L&D Amsterdam Pirates woke up. With Linoy Croes on first base, Rachid Gerard hit a sharp double to left field that allowed Croes to score all the way from first base. After Zerzinho Croes singled to center field, Rashid Gerard could score on the fielding error by center fielder Carlos Duran. Nick Urbanus’ single up the middle drove in Max Clarijs for the third run.
In the third inning, another fielding error by Carlos Duran allowed Kenny Berkenbosch to score after he reached base on a walk. A sac bunt laid down by Max Clarijs drove in Linoy Croes for the fifth run for L&D Amsterdam Pirates.
In the remaining innings, L&D Amsterdam Pirates would score two runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth and one run in the ninth.

After Rob Cordemans was pulled after the sixth inning, he was replaced by Nick Veltkamp. Veltkamp pitched two innings in which he gave up a run on three hits and a walk.
Dennis Burgersdijk shut the door for the A.S.D. Rimini Pirates in the ninth. He gave up one hit and struck out two.

Rob Cordemans earned the win as he gave up just one run on seven hits and a walk and struck out five. Luca di Raffaele took the loss. He lasted four innings six runs (five earned) on five hits and seven walks.

Best hitter for L&D Amsterdam was Rachid Gerard, who went 3 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.

Even though both teams collected as many hits, the Dutch were far more clutch than their Italian opponent.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates celebrates the victory (photo: Dutch Baseball Hangout)



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