First home victory for ADO
THE HAGUE / AMSTERDAM / ROTTERDAM / HAARLEM (Neth.) -
ADO failed to hold onto a lead twice on Thursday-evening, but went on to defeat Vaessen Pioniers 7-5 to end three losing streaks.
For ADO, this was its first home game of the season, as the team was 0-15 at home before tonight.
The win also ended ADO's 13-game losing streak, as well an 0-9 losing streak in night games.
Coming Saturday, league-leaders L&D Amsterdam Pirates and DOOR Neptunus can become the first two teams to secure a spot in the Play-Offs.
On Thursday, both teams won, as did Corendon Kinheim, as all home teams won tonight.
At The Hague, ADO opened the score in the first inning on an RBI-double by Gyenuar Lopez, then added a run in the second inning on a single by Quensley Bazoer.
In the sixth inning, Pioniers came alongside off starter Carlos Tabares Castro, scoring two unearned runs on a 2-out error.
With runners on first and second base, Nick Martin took over the pitching for Tabares and ended the inning with a groundout.
Martin, who was the scheduled starter for Saturday's game, completed the game and became the winning pitcher, ending a personal losing streak, as the lefthander was 0-10.
Because Martin pitched in relief tonight, he will be unable to start on Saturday.
Not only because he threw 3 1/3 inning tonight, but also because of the rule that a foreign pitcher can either be a starter or reliever in one 3-game series.
After Pioniers had come alongside, ADO came back immediately with three runs in the home of the sixth on singles by Jaïr Roseburg and Enrique Tromp, plus a force play-grounder by Gino Hersilia.
However, Pioniers then also scored three runs in the seventh inning.
A 2-run double by Nik Gumeson and single by Norbert Lokhorst tied the score at 5-5.
But in the eighth inning, ADO was able to come back again, scoring two runs when Enrique Tromp hit a 2-run homerun.
At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout Sparta-Feyenoord 6-0, but failed to expand a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
In the first at bat, Amsterdam registered four hits and scored four runs, appearing it was off to a big victory.
But in the remainder of the game, the team added only four more hits and two runs.
Amsterdam-starter Rob Cordemans dominated, as he struckout 15 batters and gave up only three basehits.
A throwing error and wild pitch led to the first two runs in the first inning, then two sacrifice flies doubled the lead to 4-0.
In the seventh inning, Amsterdam added two runs on a triple by Sidney de Jong and single by Percy Isenia.
At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus won 3-1 vs. UVV in a game that started 20 minutes later due to rain.
Neptunus scored all three runs in the fifth inning off Orlando Yntema, who went the distance for UVV.
A single by Dwayne Kemp and 2-run triple by Mike Bazuin led to the three runs.
UVV had only one basehit, an one-out single by former Neptunian Rutger Veugelers in the second inning off Diegomar Markwell.
Veugelers also was the lone baserunner Markwell allowed in the six innings he pitched.
In the eighth inning, UVV scored its lone (unearned) run off reliever Berry van Driel.
At Haarlem, Corendon Kinheim shutout Mr. Cocker HCAW, 3-0.
Kinheim scored its first run in the first inning on an RBI-single by Bryan Engelhardt.
Two runs were added in the third on a double by Engelhardt and a force play-grounder by Rodney Michel.
HCAW had only three basehits, all off starter David Bergman, who threw six innings.
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