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Amsterdam Pirates again strikes late

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates trailed 2-0 on a chilly Thursday-evening (May 3), but went on to win 3-2 against De Glaskoning Twins to move into second place.

Twins took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, but was unable to take more distance and failed to hold onto it. Amsterdam Pirates then came alongside in the sixth and scored what would be the deciding run in the eighth.

In its first three games against DSS, the Amsterdam-offense also needed some innings before becoming productive. Amsterdam won two of the three games against the Haarlem-squad. In its first series of the season, Twins won twice against Silicon Storks.

(May 3)

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In tonight's game, Twins opened the score with two runs in the top of the second inning, but failed to hold onto the lead. Amsterdam Pirates came alongside in the sixth, then scored the deciding run in the eighth.

After being retired in order in the top of the first inning, Twins scored twice in the next at bat off of starter Kevin Heijstek. In this inning, the righthander gave up four basehits. He would give up only one more basehit in the next five innings.

In the second inning, Dennis De Quint led off with a double, moved on a single by Shurman Marlin and scored when next hitter Bram Grooten also singled. Moments later, Marlin (on 2nd base) and Grooten (on 1st base) tried to advance when catcher Max Clarijs lost control of a pitched ball. However, Clarijs got the ball back in time and was able to eliminate Grooten at second base, while Marlin moved to third base. He then scored on a 2-out single by Max Kops, who was caught stealing shortly thereafter to end the inning.

In the third inning, Heijstek gave up a lead-off single to Dave Janssen. Hereafter, Heijstek retired the next 15 batters in a row! Janssen was the last runner of Twins to get into scoring position, as he stranded on third base.

Amsterdam Pirates was silenced in its first five innings by debuting righthander Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez. He retired the side in the first inning, then hit lead-off hitter Kenny Berkenbosch with a pitch in the next at bat, but his defense then turned a double play.

In the third inning, Martínez began with two strikeouts, then gave up singles to Niels van Weert and Remco Draijer, but closed with another strikeout.

A weird moment followed in the fourth at bat. Nick Urbanus led off with a single, then Berkenbosch again was hit by a pitch. Hereafter, Linoy Croes flied out to leftfield. After the ball was caught, Urbanus advanced to third base. When the ball had returned to Martínez on the mound, he turned and was about to throw the ball to second base for an appeal-play, as Twins thought that Urbanus had left too soon. While doing so, Urbanus took a daring chance trying to score with a stolen base. Martínez broke off his throw to second base, turned around and got the ball in time to catcher Dave Janssen, who tagged out Urbanus at the plate. After this play, Martínez again stepped off to continue the appeal-play at the second base, while the runner concerned (Urbanus) already had been eliminated moments earlier in the caught stealing-situation! In the meantime, Berkenbosch was still at first base and he stranded there, as two flyouts ended the inning.

Martínez retired the side in the fifth, then ran into problems in the sixth. He walked lead-off hitter Remco Draijer, who moved into scoring position on a grounder by Zerzinho Croes. Amsterdam then got the bases loaded when Nick Urbanus and Kenny Berkenbosch both walked. That led to a pitching and Jakob Syrén took over from Martínez. The Swedish righthander was greeted with a 2-run double by Linoy Croes that made it a 2-2 score.

In the top of the eighth inning, Twins reached base again for the first time since the third. 17 consecutive hitters were retired in order, 15 by Kevin Heijstek and two by reliever Maickel Rietel. With two outs in the eighth, Rietel gave up a single to Dave Janssen, but then closed with a strikeout.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Linoy Croes hit another double. With two outs, he scored what would be the winning run on a single by Rashid Gerard. And so, Croes batted in two runs and scored the decisive run, which earned him the Man of the Match title, which is handed out after every home game by Amsterdam Pirates.

With a 3-2 lead, Jim Ploeger threw the ninth inning for Amsterdam. He got two quick outs, then hit Dennis De Quint with a pitch, but closed the game with a strikeout. With that, he earned his second save.

...It was a nice, but chilly, evening to play baseball in Amsterdam...

...Left: Stefan Slinger was the Official Scorer tonight...
...Right: Amsterdam Pirates decided the game in the eighth inning...
(© All Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - De Glaskoning Twins 3-2
De Glaskoning Twins020000000-260
L&D Amsterdam Pirates00000201X-370
pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez5.143322

Jakob Syrén, BS (1), L (1-1)2.211411

pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek73-522

Maickel Rietel, W (1-0)11-1--

Jim Ploeger, SV (2)12----
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Rob Has, 1B-Jeroen Rekveld.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Technical Commissioner-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Public Address Announcer-Leo Markies.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-7:32 PM.
Time Played-2:24 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez (Twins) makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 12,4° C (54,3° F); wind direction northwest;
wind speed 13 kmh (8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 45%.

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