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Amsterdam Pirates records comfortable win against Neptunus

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates opened the 3-game series against Curaçao Neptunus on Thursday-evening (September 6) with a comfortable 10-3 victory. The series continues on Saturday in Amsterdam.

A week ago, Neptunus opened its 3-game series against HCAW also with a big loss at home. Then, the team was shutout 13-0 in seven innings.

The game was the lone one that was played on Thursday-evening. Three other games were cancelled due rain and field conditions. All three games were re-scheduled for Friday-evening.

Amsterdam Pirates collected 16 basehits in tonight's game, while Neptunus was held hitless for 6 2/3 by the Amsterdam-pitching. Remco Draijer and Rodney Daal both recorded three basehits. Daal also scored three runs.

(September 6)

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Neptunus was held scoreless and hitless in 6 2/3 inning. Veteran righthander Rob Cordemans started for Amsterdam Pirates and struckout six hitters. Despite having thrown only 64 pitches and while pitching a No-Hitter, Cordemans was relieved after five innings. Lefthander Robin Schel took over in the sixth and retired the side. With two outs int the seventh, Schel gave up a single to Dwayne Kemp, which ended the No-Hitter.

Trailing 8-0,Neptunus scored its three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning after another pitching change. Maickel Rietel took the mound for Amsterdam, but ran into problems. He gave up singles to Dudley Leonora and Darryl Collins, which was followed by a 2-run double by Quintin De Cuba and a runscoring single by Greg Muller. Hereafter, Rietel was replaced by Jim Ploeger, who retired the next three hitters. The lefthander also retired the side in the ninth and closed with two strikeouts.

The eighth inning was the lone one in which Neptunus got into scoring position. Cordemans allowed only two hitters to reach base in the five innings he threw. Cordemans walked lead-off hitter Stijn van der Meer in the first inning, but he was eliminated in a double play after next hitter Benjamin Dille flied out to rightfielder Linoy Croes. Cordemans then struckout the side in the second inning and added two more strikeouts in the third at bat. With one out in the fifth, he walked Dudley Leonora, but he was caught stealing.

After having left a runner on third base in the second inning off of starter Diegomar Markwell, Amsterdam opened the score with three runs in the third inning. Max Clarijs led off with a double and Victor Draijer followed with a single. A single by Remco Draijer, sacrifice fly by Nick Urbanus and 2-out double by Linoy Croes then accounted for the runs.

One run was added in the fourth when Rodney Daal led off with a homerun.

Amsterdam enlarged its lead from the seventh inning on. In that at bat, Amsterdam scored its fifth run off of Elton Koeiman, who had taken over from Markwell in the previous inning. He gave up an one-out double to Niels van Weert, who then scored on a following single by Nick Urbanus. With two outs, Linoy Croes also singled and another pitching change followed. Koeiman was relieved by Kevin Kelly, who made his first appearance of the season for Neptunus. A few days ago, the righthander had returned from Italy where he played this season for Pirati dei Rimini.

Kelly gave up three more runs in the eighth inning. He walked lead-off hitter Rodney Daal and then gave up a single to Max Clarijs. An RBI-double by Victor Draijer, runscoring infield-hit by Remco Draijer and sacrifice fly by Niels van Weert brought in three runs and lifted the lead to 8-0. It also brought in a new pitcher, as Taylor Clemensia took over. The lefthander got a force play-grounder from Nick Urbanus, but then uncorked a wild pitch and got the bases loaded when he walked Kenny Berkenbosch and Linoy Croes. With three runners on base, Jiorgeny Casimiri became the new pitcher for Neptunus and got an inning-ending foul-out. As Kelly is now back with the team, he also put on his shirt again with number 33, which was worn this season by Casimiri. Tonight, he played with number 7, which was used by a back-up catcher this season.

With an 8-3 lead, Amsterdam scored two more runs in the top of the ninth inning. Rodney Daal led off with a single and moved on a wild pitch, then scored with one out on a sacrifice fly by Victor Draijer. Hereafter, Remco Draijer doubled. That led to another pitching change, as Berry van Driel became the sixth pitcher in this game for Neptunus. He was greeted with a runscoring single from Niels van Weert, that made it a 10-3 score.

Curaçao Neptunus - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3-10
L&D Amsterdam Pirates003100132-10160
Curaçao Neptunus000000030-350
pitcher Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (3-0)562---

Robin Schel21-1--

Maickel Rietel- (*)--433

Jim Ploeger22----
(*) - Rietel pitched to four batters in the eighth inning

pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Diegomar Markwell, L (1-2)552644

Elton Koeiman1.2--411

Kevin Kelly0.2-1333

Taylor Clemensia0.1-2---

Jiorgeny Casimiri1--222

Berry van Driel0.1--1--

Homerun: Pirates: Rodney Daal (1)(4th,solo,off Markwell).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-René Ras, 1B-John Beltman, 3B-Henri van Heijningen.
Official Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Brendy De Smet.
Technical Commissioner-Paul Bokern.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:48 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 16,9° C (62,4° F); wind direction west-northwest;
wind speed 13 kmh (8,1 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 83%.

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