Eurpean Champions Cup 2017: L&D Amsterdam Pirates unbeaten to semis

In a game in which manager Charles Urbanus did not field his strongest lineup, L&D Amsterdam Pirates stayed at the right side of the score as they beat the Buchbinder Legionaere from Regensburg 9-6.

Manager Charles Urbanus made some changes compared to his regular lineup. Instead of Max Clarijs behind the dish, he fielded Rashid Gerard, who normally plays at third base. At third base, Jesse Aussems filled in. At second base Norbert Jongerius replaced Nick Urbanus, who was moved to shortstop to replace Zerzinho Croes. And Urbanus sent Hidde Brocken to the mound. Brocken normally plays in the second team of Pirates. 

Hidde had a rough start as he gave up a two-run homerun to Maik Ehmcke. But from there, Hidde pitched a decent game and with some duct tape and rubber bands he kept the Legionaere from scoring in his remaining innings on the mound.
In seven innings, Brocken allowed two runs on six hits and five walks as he struck out one. 

It took L&D Amsterdam Pirates until the fourth inning before the team got on the board; a towering home run hit by Remco Draijer to center field, cut Regensburg’s lead in half. One inning later, L&D Amsterdam Pirates tied the game on a sac fly to center field, hit by Remco Draijer, on which Patrick Bok scored. 

After scoring a run in the seventh, Pirates pushed in the eighth inning to score four more runs.

After Hidde Brocken was replaced by Pim Walsma, things went fine defensively in the eighth inning as Walsma had a 1-2-3 inning. But in the next inning, Walsma struggled mightily. Back-to-back walks, an HBP and a wild pitch, allowed Regensburg to score their third run. A 4-3 ground out, hit by Nino Sacasa drove in another run. Another wild pitch allowed Jannis Muschik to score the fifth run for Regensburg. At that point, manager Urbanus had seen enough. It was clear he did not want to go to the bullpen anymore, as Amsterdam had clinched a semi-final spot with the win over Rimini, so he sent second baseman Norbert Jongerius to the mound, moved Jesse Aussems to second base and put Kenny Berkenbosch at third base. Jongerius allowed Regensburg to score one more run on a sac fly to right field, but after giving up a walk, he retired Jonathan Heimler on a fly out to right field.

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L&D Amsterdam Pirates celebrates the 9-3 victory over Regensburg

Hidde Brocken earned the win. Kevin Vance who kept Pirates in check rather well for five innings took the loss. In six innings, he gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks and struck out three.

Best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates was Remco Draijer, who went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored.

Tomorrow, Pirates will take on Fortitudo Bologna in the semi final.

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