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Amsterdam hands Neptunus big loss in Game 2
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - After winning 5-0 in the opener on Saturday, L&D Amsterdam Pirates today (Sunday, September 28) handed reigning champion DOOR Neptunus a big 17-7 loss in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Holland Series. For Neptunus, this is its 20th appearance in a Holland Series, which was played for the first time in 1987. The final now shifts to Amsterdam for the next two games, and if needed three. Game 3 will be played Thursday-evening, starting at 7:30 PM, followed by Game 4 on Saturday. When a fifth game is needed that will be played on Sunday.

In 19 of the previous 26 Holland Series, the team that won the first game went on to capture the Championship-title.

Today was the first 10-run difference loss for Neptunus in a Holland Series since it was shutout 10-0 by Mr. Cocker HCAW on September 25, 1998. It also was the fourth 10-run difference loss Neptunus suffered in Holland Series-history and the second against Pirates, which won 11-1 on September 22, 1990.

Amsterdam collected 18 basehits today, including four by Roelie Henrique, and led 11-1 after the top of the fifth inning. At that time, the game already had seen four ejections in the previous at bat! In the top of the fourth inning, Amsterdam increased its lead to 6-0 on an RBI-double by Percy Isenia and a runscoring error on a grounder by Rashid Gerard. Next, Henrique reached on a bunt-single to put runners on first and second base with one out. That brought Michael Duursma in the batter's box for Amsterdam to face starter Orlando Yntema. During this at bat, an exchange of words began, which emptied both benches, resulting in some pushing back and forth. After order was restored, the umpires ejected Diegomar Markwell (Neptunus' starting pitcher on Saturday) and Chris Mowday (who hadn't pitched yet for Amsterdam). Duursma's at bat continued and he then flied out, followed by a force play-grounder by Bas de Jong that ended the inning. Moments later, in the bottom of the fourth inning, lead-off hitter Kalian Sams was called out on strikes. Sams, who is one of the professional players who captured the European Championship-title a week ago with the Netherlands Baseball Team, argued the call by Home Plate Umpire Winfried Berkvens and was ejected. Neptunus' Head Coach Evert-Jan 't Hoen then joined the discussion concering's Sams' strikeout and also was ejected. After the two had left the dug-out, the game resumed and Neptunus went on to score its first run to make it a 6-1 score.

Amsterdam then rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth off of Yntema's relievers Kevin Kelly and Berry van Driel to lift the lead to 11-1. In the bottom of the fifth, Neptunus scored five runs of its own, highlighted by a grand slam homerun by Dwayne Kemp. Kemp's fourbagger brought Neptunus back into the game, then a run was added in the sixth to narrow the deficit to 11-7. But that was all the Amsterdam-pitching would allow. Offensively, Pirates had more in store and added three more runs in both the seventh and ninth inning to make it a big 17-7 final score in a game that lasted three hours and 52 minutes. And that made it the longest 9-inning game in Holland Series-history. The previous longest 9-inning game took three hours and 25 minutes, which was Game 1 of the 1996 Series between HCAW and Kinheim.

15 or more Runs given up by Neptunus, single game
22May 20, 1984Haarlem Nicols12-22 L
18July 8, 1990Sparta19-18 W, 11 inn.
April 30, 1996ADO6-18 L
April 26, 1997Hoofddorp Pioniers18-7 L
17August 18, 1984Amstel Tijgers12-17 L
17September 28, 2014Amsterdam Pirates7-17 L, Holland Series
16July 28, 1984Haarlem Nicols6-16 L
June 4, 1990Amsterdam Pirates16-12 L
May 26, 1996HCAW8-16 L
August 10, 1996Twins16-17 W, 11 inn.
15June 11, 1983Haarlem Nicols1-15 L
August 15, 1986Amstel Tijgers9-15 L
September 8, 1996ADO15-19 W
May 31, 1998Twins15-14 L, 11 inn.
(thanks to Judith de Heide for additional information)
The 17 runs scored today by Pirates resulted in several milestones.

The 17 runs were the second-highest total scored in Holland Series-history. Exactly 18 years ago, on September 28, 1996, Mr. Cocker HCAW scored 20 runs in Game 2 of their Series vs. Kinheim. HCAW won the then best-of-five, 3-2.

The 17 runs scored today were the most scored in a Holland Series-game since Neptunus scored 16 on August 20, 2009 vs. Hoofddorp Pioniers.

The 17 runs were the most scored ever by Pirates in a game against Neptunus.

The 17 runs were the most Neptunus gave up since May 4, 2013, when it gave up 12 against Vaessen Pioniers.

The 17 runs were the highest total given up by Neptunus since giving up 18 on April 26, 1997, which back then were also scored by Pioniers.

The 17 runs given up are the third highest total given up by Neptunus in one game. It was the second time, Neptunus gave up 17 runs. In three other games, Neptunus gave up 18 runs. The record was set on May 20, 1984, when Neptunus gave up 22 runs against Haarlem Nicols.

The last time Neptunus gave up 15 or more runs in one game was on May 31, 1998 when Twins scored 15 in a 15-14 win in 11 innings.

The most runs Neptunus gave up in one game since 2005 was 12, which were recorded on May 4, 2013 and scored by Vaessen Pioniers.

Amsterdam Pirates opened the score with four runs in the second inning off of Orlando Yntema, who started the 80th game for Neptunus in Holland Series-history. With one out, Bas Nooij walked and Remco Draijer singled to put runners on first and third base. After the latter stole second base, Percy Isenia walked, but the fourth ball ended in a wild pitch enabling Nooij to score the first run. Next, Jesse Aussems was more successful with a bunt than the day before. With runners on first and third, his sacrifice bunt was fielded by Yntema, who tried to eliminate Draijer at home, but he scored. Rashid Gerard then doubled in the next run and a grounder by Roelie Henrique made it 4-0.

Amsterdam-starter Rob Cordemans gave up an one-out single to Benjamin Dille in the first inning, but he stranded at second base. A 2-out single by Daniel Fernandes followed in the second at bat, but after stealing second base, he stranded there when Cordemans ended the inning by striking out Shurman Marlin.

...Amsterdam-starter Rob Cordemans...

...Neptunus-starter Orlando Yntema...
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)
Yntema then retired the side in the third and Neptunus appeared to do something back in the home of the third. Shaldimar Daantji led off with a single and Benjamin Dille singled with one out, but this time Cordemans struckout Raily Legito and Gianison Boekhoudt to end the at bat.

In the top of the fourth inning, Remco Draijer led off for Pirates with a walk and scored on a following double by Percy Isenia. The latter advanced to third base when Jesse Aussems flied out, then scored when short stop Dwayne Kemp made an error on a grounder by Rashid Gerard. Pirates then got runners on first and second base thanks to a bunt-single by Roelie Henrique. And that brought up Michael Duursma in the batter's box. A whether or not strike or ball triggered an exchange of words and cleared the bases. As mentioned, pitchers Diegomar Markwell and Chris Mowday were ejected for their part in the bench clearing and the game continued. Duursma flied out and a force play ended the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, lead-off hitter Kalian Sams was called out on strikes and that led to the next ejections. Sams argued the strikeout and was ejected by Home Plate Umpire Winfried Berkvens, who then also ejected Neptunus' Head Coach Evert-Jan 't Hoen after he also disputed the strikeout-call. When the game resumed again, Dwayne Kemp singled. Next, Daniel Fernandes also singled, which was followed by an error by leftfielder Roelie Henrique, which enabled Kemp to score. Fernandes tried to advance to third base, but was eliminated there and a grounder ended the inning.

Amsterdam then put the game almost certainly out of reach of Neptunus by adding five runs in the top of the 5th inning. The bases got loaded when Kenny Berkenbosch, Bas Nooij and Remco Draijer all singled and that brought in new pitcher Kevin Kelly. With one out, he walked Jesse Aussems to bring in a run, then gave up a baseclearing, 3-run double to Rashid Gerard that made it 10-1. Gerard then moved to third base on a single by Roelie Henrique and that led to another pitching change. Berry van Driel took over, but he saw another run being scored on a force play-grounder by Michael Duursma.

Trailing 11-1, Neptunus got back into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Jos de Jong, who took over the pitching for Cordemans. With one out, Adrian Anthony and Benjamin Dille singled, then the bases got loaded when Gianison Boekhoudt singled with two outs. A walk for Urving Kemp (who had replaced Sams) then led to a run and his brother Dwayne Kemp then connected for a grand slam homerun that made it a 11-6 score. Jurrian Koks was brought in to relief De Jong and saw the inning end with a foul-out.

Amsterdam was retired in order in the top of the sixth, then Neptunus narrowed the deficit to 11-7 in the home half of the at bat. Shurman Marlin led off with a walk, but was forced out on a grounder by Shaldimar Daantji. The latter then raced to third base on a single by Adrian Anthony and scored on a force play-grounder by Benjamin Dille. But this would be the last run Neptunus scored in this game.

Amsterdam had six more runs left.

Now leading 11-7, Amsterdam immediately took more distance by scoring three runs in the seventh inning off of Van Driel. With one out, Jesse Aussems singled, then an error was made on a sacrifice bunt by Rashid Gerard and the bases got loaded when Roelie Henrique singled. A walk for Michael Duursma then brought in a run, as did following singles by Bas de Jong and Kenny Berkenbosch. It also brought in Jorian van Acker as new pitcher and he ended the inning with a strikeout and flyout, but Amsterdam was now leading 14-7.

Floris Timmer became the fifth pitcher for Neptunus when the ninth inning began, but he gave up three more Amsterdam-runs. Bas de Jong led off with a double and Kenny Berkenbosch singled. Next, Bas Nooij also singled to bring in a run and the bases got loaded again when Remco Draijer walked. Hereafter, Berkenbosch scored on a sacrifice fly by Percy Isenia. With this, Amsterdam scored its 16th run to equal its team-record for most runs scored ever against Neptunus, which was set 24 years ago on June 4, 1990. Moments later, that record was broken when Nooij scored the 17th run on a basesloaded walk for Roelie Henrique, which came after a walk for Rashid Gerard (who had five RBI's) that had loaded the bases.

In the ninth inning, Jurrian Koks retired the side and ended the game with a strikeout for Gianison Boekhoudt to become the winning pitcher.

...Percy Isenia slides safely into 3rd base in the 4th inning...

...The benches clear in the top of the 4th inning...

...Players pushed each other and exhanged words...

...The four umpires discuss the situation and eject two players...

...Amsterdam Head Coach Charles Urbanus gives signs...
...Standing at right is bat-boy Mathijs Coorengel...

...Kalian Sams was back in a Neptunus-uniform this weekend...
...But he was ejected after a strikeout in the bottom 4th...
...Neptunus' Head Coach Evert-Jan 't Hoen argues with HP Umpire Winfried Berkvens in bottom 4th and is also ejected...
...Catcher Bas Nooij and 3B Rashid Gerard go after a foul-ball in the 5th inning and collide...

...Adrian Anthony advances to 3rd base in the 4th inning...

...Moments later, leftfielder Roelie Henrique has no chance...
...catching Dwayne Kemp's grand slam in the 4th inning...

...Neptunus didn't had much to celebrate this afternoon...

...Remco Draijer (18) scored three runs for Amsterdam...
(© Photos: Henk Seppen)

(September 28)

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