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Amsterdam Pirates records big shutout against Neptunus

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout Curaçao Neptunus 12-0 in seven innings on Thursday-evening (July 13) in the opener of their 3-game series. The next game will be played coming Saturday in Amsterdam and the series closes on Sunday in Rotterdam. This series is the lone one on the schedule as the season resumes after being interrupted for the World Port Tournament, which ended last Sunday. The other teams in the Dutch big league resume their season coming Thursday.

The last time Amsterdam Pirates and Neptunus met before tonight was on April 23 in Amsterdam. Back then, Neptunus won 12-2 in eight innings. Tonight, it was Amsterdam that registered a mercy-rule victory in seven innings.

The last time that a regular season game between Amsterdam and Neptunus ended in seven (or less) innings was on June 27, 2010 when Neptunus won at home with a 14-0 score in 6½ inning.

The last time that Neptunus suffered a mercy-rule loss in the regular season was on July 4, 2015 when it ended up short at home against Hoofddorp Pioniers 19-2 in seven innings. That also were the most runs Neptunus gave up in a home game before tonight.

The last time that Neptunus suffered a 10-run difference loss at home was against Amsterdam Pirates was on September 28, 2014 during the Holland Series when it lost 17-7 in nine innings.

Neptunus collected only three basehits tonight, which its the fewest since the team hit two on May 24, 2014 in a 2-0 loss at Amsterdam Pirates.

Amsterdam collected 12 basehits, including three by Nick Urbanus, Gilmer Lampe and Danny Rombley. Urbanus hit a grand slam homerun, Lampe and Rombley both hit two doubles. Rombley batted in six runs, while Urbanus and Remco Draijer both scored three runs.

Winning pitcher Rob Cordemans, who closes in on the All-Time StrikeOut-record, raised his record to 8-0.

(July 13)

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Amsterdam Pirates opened the score with two unearned runs in the top of the first inning off of starting pitcher Diegomar Markwell. In the opening at bat, the lefthander didn't get all the calls he would have liked and a few times, he showed his dissatisfaction. Fact is that the inning began with a throwing error, which in the end led to the two runs. In following innings, Markwell gave up some hard basehits to Amsterdam, which had a productive evening offensively. And it got a dominating Rob Cordemans, who struckout six batters, gave up only two hits in six innings and raised his record to 8-0. Trailing 2-0, Neptunus was unable to do something back and only got into scoring position in the first and third inning.

In the top of the first inning, Amsterdam lead-off hitter Remco Draijer reached on a throwing error, then moved on a grounder and a bunt-single by Nick Urbanus. With two outs, the bases got loaded when Kenny Berkenbosch walked and Danny Rombley followed with a hard 2-run double down the leftfield-line to open the score.

Markwell retired the side in the second inning, but gave up three more runs in the third bat. Nick Urbanus and Gilmer Lampe began with singles, then the bases got loaded when a sacrifice bunt by Kenny Berkenbosch ended in an error. The bases were then cleared when Danny Rombley drove the ball into leftfield for a 3-run double to lift the lead to 5-0. With that, Rombley had batted in all runs so far.

Amsterdam added another run in the fourth inning. Diegomar Markwell hit lead-off hitter Remco Draijer with a pitch, who then advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a 2-out double by Gilmer Lampe.

After tonight's game, Lampe is the league's second best hitter with a .417 batting average, trailing Benjamin Dille of Neptunus, who hits .431 and tonight had one of the three hits the home team recorded. Danny Rombley, who was 3-for-4, moved into third place with a .413 average. Neptunus-rightfielder Christian Diaz, who led the league in hitting in the past two seasons, is currently in fifth place with a .365 batting average. Despite being in the top-5 of the league's best hitters, Lampe and Diaz were not selected for the Netherlands National Team this time for participation in the World Port Tournament. For that event, nine young talented players were added to the Orange-roster, as the coaching staff looked ahead to the future, which includes the European Championship (which also is the Olympic Qualifier) in 2019 and the Olympic Games in 2020. The nine rookies were all members of the preliminary roster of the Netherlands Under-23 Team, which will take part in the European Under-23 Championship in the Czech Republic next month.

...Nick Urbanus...
...3-for-4, grand slam...
...3 runs, 4 RBI's, walk...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Markwell retired the side for the second time in the fifth ining, but gave up five more runs in the sixth when Amsterdam staged a 6-run rally. Norbert Jongerius led off with a walk, then the bases got loaded when Remco Draijer and Zerzinho Croes both singled. Next batter Nick Urbanus then connected well on the first pitch he saw and drove the ball over the rightfield-fence for a grand slam homerun. Hereafter, Gilmer Lampe again doubled, which led to a pitching change. Czech righthander Jan Tomek took over, but was greeted with a single from Kenny Berkenbosch, then gave up a runscoring single to Danny Rombley. Tomek got the bases loaded when he walked Rashid Gerard. The Neptunian defense then turned a double play on a grounder by Max Clarijs, but that also brought in the twelfth run.

Rightfielder Christian Diaz pitched the seventh inning for Neptunus. He got the bases loaded with one out, but Neptunus then turned another double play.

Veteran Amsterdam-righthander Rob Cordemans got the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, but held Neptunus scoreless. Cordemans got two quick outs, then Christian Diaz reached on an error. The bases got loaded when Dwayne Kemp singled and Gianison Boekhoudt walked. The inning ended when Kemp was forced out on a grounder by Gregory Muller.

From the second inning on, Cordemans encountered no problems. The 43-year old righthander allowed only two batters to reach base in the second through sixth inning. He struckout the side in the second inning. In the third at bat, Benjamin Dille singled for Neptunus with one out and moved to second base when an outfield-error followed. The Belgian player was the last player to get into scoring position for Neptunus.

After giving up the single to Benjamin Dille, Rob Cordemans retired 11 of the next 12 batters he faced, throwing three hitless innings. After having retired seven consecutive batters, Cordemans walked Stijn van der Meer with two outs in the fifth, but he stranded on first base.

In the six innings he pitched, Cordemans struckout six batters. With that, he is now 40 strikeouts away from tying the All-Time StrikeOut record of Bart Volkerijk. However, Cordemans will have three more starts in the regular season and with that, the record will almost surely not be broken this year.

In the seventh inning, Dennis Burgersdijk completed the game for Amsterdam. With two outs, he gave up a single to Daniel Fernandes, but a comeback-grounder then ended the inning and the game.

Curaçao Neptunus - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 0-12 (7 inn.)
L&D Amsterdam Pirates2031060-12122
Curaçao Neptunus0000000-032
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (8-0)6622--

Dennis Burgersdijk11-1--

pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Diegomar Markwell, L (6-2)5 (*)-310118

Jan Tomek1-1211

Christian Diaz1-3---
(*) - Markwell pitched to five batters in the sixth inning

Homerun: Pirates: Nick Urbanus (1)(6th,grand slam,off Markwell).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-Edwin Louisa, 3B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Technical Commissioner-Willem Broertjes.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-7:32 PM.
Time Played-2:19 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 17,8° C (64° F); wind direction north;
wind speed 13 kmh (8,2); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 68%.

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