HR Vasquez, loss Ruzic; Bolsenbroek's Legionäre beaten
GROSSETO / PARMA (Italy) / REGENSBURG (Germany) -
On Thursday-evening, Wuilliams Martin Vasquez homered to lead T&A San Marino to a victory, while Dushan Ruzic threw seven innings for Telemarket Rimini and became the losing pitcher in the first games of the second round in the Italian Baseball League.
Last week, in the 1.Bundesliga in Germany, the Buchbinder Legionäre split with Mainz Athletics with Dutch starter Mike Bolsenbroek ending up with a no-decision.
At Grosseto, San Marino scored three runs in the first inning vs. Montepaschi Grosseto to set the tone.
First, Anthony Granato walked and scored on a wild pitch.
Then, Carlos Duran walked and scored when Wuillians Martin Vasquez followed with a homerun.
San Marino went on to win 5-0 and Vasquez batted 3-for-4.
For former HCAW-player Vasquez, this was his second homerun, as he also homered last week in the second game vs. Danesi Netunno.
San Marino swept that series and won 3-0, 5-1 and 9-6.
At Parma, Dushan Ruzic threw seven innings against Cariparma Parma, struckout six, walked two and gave up five hits and two runs to become the losing pitcher.
Ruzic gave up his two runs in the first at bat.
He walked lead-off hitter Stefano Desimoni, then gave up a double to veteran Davide Dallospedale.
A grounder by Marco Yepez and single by Alex Sambucci then made it 2-0.
In the following innings, Ruzic recovered, while Rimini got one run back in the second at bat, but the team was unable to come back.
In the eighth inning, Czech lefthanded pitcher Jan Řeháček relieved Ruzic, but ran into problems right away.
He walked Dallospedale, who was then awarded second base on a balk.
With one out, Sambucci and Rodney Medina singled to bring in a run and that marked the end for the Czech, who was relieved by Chris Di Roma.
At Regenburg, Mike Bolsenbroek started for the Legionäre in the first game vs. Mainz last week.
With his team leading 1-0, the righthander gave up three unearned runs in the fifth inning and almost ended up as the losing pitcher.
In the fifth, with two outs, Bolsenbroek gave up a single, then walked the next batter and loaded the bases when a strikeout ended in a passed ball.
A single by Swedish player Peter Johannessen then gave Mainz the lead.
Regensburg answered with runs in the seventh and eighth inning, meaning the loss for Bolsenbroek ended in a no-decision.
However, Mainz reacted with two runs in the ninth to win 5-3.
Regensburg won the second game a day later, 3-2.
Bolsenbroek threw five innings, struckout seven, walked two and gave up six hits.