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Amsterdam Pirates completes sweep; Rob Cordemans closes in on record

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates completed a 3-game sweep against De Glaskoning Twins on Sunday (May 6) by winning 7-1.

In the opener on Thursday-evening, the win didn't come that easy. Amsterdam trailed 2-0, but went on to win 3-2 by scoring runs in the sixth and eighth inning. On Saturday, Amsterdam won with a 5-2 score.

In today's game, veteran righthander Rob Cordemans made his first appearance of the season. He threw the fifth and sixth inning in relief of starter Kyle Ward and became the winning pitcher.

In this two innings on the mound, Cordemans struckout four hitters to raise his career-total to 1,931. With that, he is now 17 strikeouts shy of tying the all-time career-record of 1,948 of Bart Volkerijk. Furthermore, Cordemans has the chance to become the first pitcher in the big league-history to reach the 2,000 strikeout-mark in regular season-games. To do so, he needs 69 more strikeouts. Last season, Cordemans struckout 68 hitters in 74 innings.

(May 6)

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Amsterdam Pirates struck early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of starting pitcher Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro. With one out, Zerzinho Croes reached on a bunt-single and was able to advance to second base when an error followed. After Nick Urbanus walked, an infield-fly accounted for the second out, but the bases then got loaded when Linoy Croes walked. Rodney Daal followed with a 2-run single and with that, Pirates set the tone for today's game.

Amsterdam left two runners behind in the second inning, which also saw a pitching change, as Mic van de Ven took over from Sarmiento with runners on first and second base and one out.

In the third inning, Amsterdam Pirates added three runs with two outs to lift the lead to 5-0. Van de Ven encountered some problems and hit three hitters with a pitch. He first hit lead-off hitter Kenny Berkenbosch, who advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Linoy Croes. Hereafter, Rodney Daal was hit by a pitch and the two runners moved on a grounder by Rashid Gerard. The bases then got loaded when Van de Ven also hit Niels van Weert with a pitch. The three runners all scored when Max Clarijs followed with a baseclearing, 3-run double. When next hitter Remco Draijer walked, another pitching change was made by Twins Head Coach Kevin Knollenburg. Jan Evertse took over from Van de Ven. He began with a wild pitch, but then the inning ended with a pop-fly.

Amsterdam scored another run in the fourth inning. Nick Urbanus led off with a single and scored on a double by next hitter Kenny Berkenbosch.

Amsterdam increased the lead to 7-0 by scoring a run in the fifth. With two outs, Max Clarijs walked and scored on a double by Remco Draijer.

For Amsterdam, this would be it last run in this game, despite getting four runners into scoring postion. In the sixth, the home-team got the bases loaded off of Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez, who was the starting pitcher for Twins in the opener on Thursday-evening. With one out, he walked Kenny Berkenbosch and Linoy Croes. With two outs, he also walked Rashid Gerard to load the bases. Centerfielder Nick Peels was then brought in as new pitcher and he got a force play that ended the at bat.

In the seventh, Peels gave up singles to Max Clarijs and Remco Draijer, but retired the next three hitters. And in the eighth, Rodney Daal hit his second double in the game, but stranded on second base.

...Rob Cordemans pitched in relief...
...After today, he needs 17 more strikeouts... tie the All-time StrikeOut-record...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Twins got only one runner in scoring position in the first four innings off of starter Kyle Ward. The lefthander retired the side in the first two innings. In the third inning, lead-off hitter Max Kops reached on an error, but was caught stealing after a pick-off. Ward gave up a lead-off single to Jarreau Martina in the fourth. With two outs, he was awarded second base on a balk, but then was left behind.

In the top of the fifth inning, Ward was relieved by Rob Cordemans, who made his first appearance of the season. The righthander had thrown only a few innings during the exhibition season, but retired the side (two strikeouts) in his first inning on the mound in the regular season.

In the sixth inning, Twins scored its first run off of Cordemans. He walked lead-off hitter Dave Janssen, who moved on a wild pitch and scored on a 2-out single by Brian Biezen. Twins then got runners at the corners when Sam Kennelly also singled, but Cordemans closed with another strikeout.

The last time that Cordemans pitched in relief was on July 14, 2013, also at home in Amsterdam. Back then, he threw the final three innings against Kinheim of what was the remainder of a game that originally was played on April 20. Kinheim won 7-4, but Amsterdam Pirates filed a protest in the top of the sixth inning, which was allocated. The game had to be replayed from that moment on, which was done almost three months later before another home-game against Kinheim. When the game resumed, Jurrian Koks (who now pitches for Silicon Storks) pitched the remainder of the sixth inning, then Cordemans completed the game. Amsterdam won the game with a 7-4 score, Koks was the winner and Cordemans earned a save.

Back then and now, Efrem Silvania was one of the umpires and Linda Steijger was one of the official scorers. Efrem Silvania was at 1st base in the original game on April 20 and today, he was the 3B Umpire. Linda Steijger was the scorer in the original game and did the play-by-play in the part of the game that had to be replayed. Today, she also was the play-by-play scorer, while not originally being assigned for this game. She initially was assigned as official scorer for the Golden League softball double-header between Sparks Haarlem and the Talent Team Holland in Haarlem. The assigments were changed when originally assigned play-by-play scorer Dennis Duin was called away from the game in Amsterdam due to very sad family circumstances. Linda Steijger's spot in Haarlem was filled in by Jeanette van Drunen, who had the day off. With that, Linda Steijger accompanied another debuting Official Scorer. After sitting besides Melanie Dijkhuizen on Saturday, she now guided Brigitte Brands during this game.

Only three players from the 2013 game also played in today's game, being Kenny Berkenbosch, Remco Draijer and Rashid Gerard. Back then, Draijer played for Kinheim. Kevin Heijstek started the 2013 game as pitcher and today looked on from the Amsterdam dug-out.

When the 2013 game would not have been split into two parts, Cordemans almost surely would not have pitched in relief. His last relief-appearance in a 'normal' game came on April 25, 2010, also in Amsterdam in what was his first season with Pirates. Eight years ago, he threw the sixth, seventh and eighth inning of a 3-2 victory against Hoofddorp Pioniers and also was the winning pitcher.

From that game, four players also played in today's game: Kenny Berkenbosch, Linoy Croes, Rashid Gerard and Nick Urbanus. Croes then played for Pioniers.

Twins was held scoreless in its final three innings by three different pitchers. Nick Veltkamp, Maickel Rietel and Jim Ploeger all retired the side.

...Kyle Ward (left) and Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro were the starting pitchers for Amsterdam Pirates and Twins...

...Left: Rodney Daal batted in the first two Amsterdam-runs with a double in the first inning...
...Right: Remco Draijer had two hits (one double) and walked twice for Amsterdam Pirates...

...Kenny Berkenbosch (left) reaches 3rd base and Linoy Croes (right) moves to 2nd base in the 6th inning...
...3rd baseman Sam Kennelly and short stop Dennis De Quint cannot avoid that...

...Left: Max Clarijs was 2-for-3 with a double, scored once and batted in three runs for Amsterdam...
...Right: Jim Ploeger closed the game for Amsterdam Pirates...
(© All Photos: Henk Seppen)

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - De Glaskoning Twins 7-1
De Glaskoning Twins000001000-132
L&D Amsterdam Pirates20311000X-791
pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro, L (0-1)1.114222

Mic van de Ven1.1-1133

Jan Evertse2.121322

Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez0.2-3---

Nick Peels2.11-3--

pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kyle Ward44-1--

Rob Cordemans, W (1-0)241211

Nick Veltkamp1-----

Maickel Rietel1-----

Jim Ploeger11----
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Edwin Louisa, 1B-André Ficken, 3B-Efrem Silvania.
Official Scorer-Brigitte Brands.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Linda Steijger.
Public Address Announcer-Hans Jansen de Vries.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:45 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Brigitte Brands makes her debut as Official Scorer in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 22,1° C (71,8° F); wind direction east-northeast;
wind speed 14 kmh (8,7 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 41%.

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