2019 European Championship, day 2

On another day plagued by rain, the following games were scheduled: Belgium @ Spain, Sweden @ Israel, France @ Austria, Czech Republic @ Netherlands, Croatia @ Italy and Great Britain @ Germany.

  Belgium  5  –  13  Spain 
Belgium was no match for Spain. Three home runs in the first inning set the tone for this slugfest (five home runs for Spain, two for Belgium). After Belgium had three up and three down in the first inning, Engel Beltre, Jesus Ustariz and Jesus Martinez homered to give Spain a 4-0 lead. Martinez’ home run was even this high and far, it cleared the trees outside the outfield fence. Belgium’s starter, Ben van Nuffel, kept struggling as he hit the first two batters of the second inning with a pitch. For manager Hendrickx, this was the sign to replace his starting pitcher with reliever Jeremy Voets. Voet could keep Spain from scoring for 3.1 innings but in the fifth, he gave up his first run when he served up a pitch that was hit for a towering solo home run to left center field by Lesther Galvan. In the fifth, Spain started to get a grip as they hit Voets hard all of a sudden. After that home run by Glavan, he gave up five more runs. In the top of the fourth, Belgium finally got on the board when Thomas de Wolf hit a huge solo home run to right field.  Even though Venezuelan-born Lowuin struggled at times, he kept the Belgian lineup in check as they hardly managed to get the ball out of the infield. But just when you thought the life was sucked out of the Belgian lineup, three consecutive base hits by Dennis de Quint, Benjamin Goffaux (double) and Jamie Verheyleweghen drove in two runs for the Red Eagles. A seventh-inning home run by Sam Boers, that just cleared the center field fence, added two more runs to Belgium’s total. Eventually, Spain beat Belgium 13-5.
Lowuin Sacramento earned the win after six innings. Best hitter for Spain was Jesus Martinez, who went 2 for 3 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored.

  Sweden  3  –  4  Israel  Vlag van Israël
In an agonizing slow game, the pitching on both sides had a hard time to find the strike zone. Strangely enough, they kept their opponent limited to just two runs until the start of the fifth inning. Israel had to go very deep to win this game. After Israel took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Sweden bounced back in the top of the fourth thanks to a solo home-run by Nicolas Filice and a balk that allowed Leo Bäckström to score the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the same inning, Israel tied the game on a single down the right field line that drove in Mitch Glasser.
When Niklas Melin relieved Elvis Hammarstedt in the bottom of the sixth, Sweden had a 1-2-3 inning for the first time in the game.
With the bases loaded and one out, Peter Johannesen hit a sac fly to right field that gave the 3-2 lead to Sweden in the seventh inning.
But the Swedish manager made the mistake to bring in Jakob Syrén in the bottom of the ninth. Not that he is a bad pitcher, on the contrary. But as he tops 90mph and the American players of team Israel feast on fastballs, he was hit well. With lack of defensive support, as the ball was thrown way past first base on a sac bunt, Israel got runners in scoring position with no outs. The poor weather conditions certainly did not help Syrén as he loaded the bases on a walk and threw a wild pitch that allowed Israel to score the game-tying run. After walking the next batter intentionally to load the bases, Jakob also walked the next one to hand Israel the walk-off win.
Jon Moscot earned the win after two innings of no-hit ball in which he walked two and fanned one. Israel’s best hitter was Mitch Glasser who went 1 for 2 with a run scored.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor France flag  France  12  –  6  Austria  Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Austria flag
It took France to the third inning to break open the score. Leading 1-0 already, Frederic Hanvi hit a grand slam home run to give France the 5-0 lead. But Austria would not go down without a fight. The team loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth and Felix Zimmerle singled through the left side to drive in two runs. When Moritz Scheicher singed to the shortstop, Felix Zimmerle scored from second base on what was a questionable call by the home plate umpire as Zimmerle was nearly thrown out at home plate on a throw from left field that was right on the money.
In the bottom of the fifth, Moritz Hackl singled up the middle and drove in Samuel Hackl from second base to bring Austria within a run from France. When Moritz Hackl was caught in a rundown, he avoided being tagged out long enough to let Ferdinand Obed score from third base. In the sixth, Bastien Dagneau gave France the lead again on a solo home run to left field. Thanks to a bases-loaded walk and a ditto double France walked away to a 9-5 lead. When Frederic Hanvi hit his second homer of the game, France extended its score by three runs. After Austria scored their sixth run, nothing much happened in the remainder of the game, so France clinched its first victory of the tournament. Camou Daniel earned the win for France with a perfect inning as he struck out two. Frederic Hanvi was the best French hitter as he went 2 for 5 with two home runs and seven (!) RBI and two runs scored.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Czech Republic flag  Czech Republic  –  Kingdom of the Netherlands  Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Dutch flag
The Czech Republic was looking for its second win vs the Netherlands ever. The Dutch were looking to win their first game of the tournament.

Here is the link to the game report.

  Croatia 1   –  2  Italy  Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Italy flag
Italy didn’t play their best game today. Perhaps Croatia did play their A-game. But nevertheless, Italy clinched a walk-off win in ten innings.
In the fourth inning, Croatia took a 1-0 lead when Andrija Tomic grounded out 4-3 but drove in Slobodan Gales for the lead. The lead did not last long as Italy tied it in the fifth inning. With two outs, Andrew Maggi used the long ball to tie the game at one.
Both teams had their opportunities to force a decision but neither team cashed in in the regular nine innings.
In the top of the tenth inning with runners placed on first and second, Alex Bassani struck out the side. The Italians did a lot better as John Andreoli singled to right field to drive in Andrew Maggi for the walk-off run.
Bassani earned the win after his perfect tenth inning. Andrew Maggi was the best Italian hitter with two hits out of four at-bats with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored.

  Great Britain  0  –  1  Germany  
In one of the closest games of the tournament so far, the runs did not come cheap. In the first four innings, both teams had a runner at second but failed to push through to take the lead. But that would change in the bottom of the fifth when Marco Cardoso gave Germany the lead with one blow as he hit a 1-2 offering over the fence in right center field. In the top of the sixth, Great Britain had an opportunity, though with two outs, as it had runners on the corners but Jordan Serena hit into a forceout at second to end the inning.
Both starting pitchers had solid outings. German starter Sascha Koch lasted seven innings, gave up four hits and struck out seven. His opponent, Michael Roth, pitched eight innings in which he allowed one run on three hits and a walk and struck out two. But Roth was much more efficient with his pitches than Koch as he threw 97 pitches in eight frames and Koch needed 101 in seven.
As Great Britain did not score in the ninth, Germany clinched its second win of the tournament. Sascha Koch earned the win, Michael Roth took the loss and Sven Schueller earned the two-inning save.
In a game in which Germany collected only three hits of which Marco Cardozo got two in three at-bats.

Standings after two days:

Standing Pool A
Pos
Team
GP
WO
LO
AVG
GB
1
    GERMANY
2
2
0
1000
0
2
    ISRAEL
2
2
0
1000
0
3
    CZECH REPUBLIC
2
1
1
500
1
4
    GREAT BRITAIN
1
0
1
0
1.5
5
    NETHER-
LANDS
1
0
1
0
1.5
6
    SWEDEN
2
0
2
0
2
Teams tied appear in alphabetical order until the end of each round

 

Standing Pool B
Pos
Team
GP
WO
LO
AVG
GB
1
 ITALY
2
2
0
1000
0
2
    SPAIN
2
2
0
1000
0
3
    BELGIUM
2
1
1
500
1
4
    FRANCE
2
1
1
500
1
5
    AUSTRIA
2
0
2
0
2
6
    CROATIA
2
0
2
0
2

 

 

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