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Kinheim wins record-setting game, but Storks takes lead

HAARLEM (Neth.) - On Saturday (October 6), Kinheim and Silicon Storks completed their suspended second game of the best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Series. Last Sunday, the game was halted after 12 complete innings due to darkness with the score tied at 2-2. The game resumed at 11 AM and seven more innings were needed to get a winner. It was Kinheim that won 3-2 in the 19th inning in what was a record-setting game. With that, the Haarlem-club forced a fourth game.

In the afternoon, the regularly scheduled third game was played. In that game, Storks shutout Kinheim 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five.

Game 4 will be played on Sunday in The Hague. When a fifth game is needed, that will be played next Saturday in Haarlem.

A week ago, Storks opened the Series with a 5-1 win, breaking an 1-1 tie with a 4-run rally in the eighth inning.

(October 6)

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Game 2

As mentioned, the second game resumed in the top of the 13th inning with the score tied at 2-2.
Go here for the recap of the first twelve innings

When the game was halted last Sunday, Al Morales Gomes was pitching for Kinheim, while Jurrian Koks was on the mound for Storks. With that, they were the pitchers-of-record at that moment. When today's game ended, two other pitchers were credited with the win and loss.

Morales didn't return on the mound for Kinheim. He was replaced by Glenn Wassink, who was the intended starter for the third game. It was thought that when the remainder of Game 2 was not taking that long and when Wassink didn't need that many pitches, he also could have start Game 3. But that changed, as seven more innings were needed to come to a decision. All seven innings were pitched by Wassink. The righthander threw 89 pitches and so, his day ended after this game. But he had done his job and became the winning pitcher.

For Storks, Koks picked up where he ended last week. A week ago, the righthander had pitched four innings. Today, he added 5 1/3 inning, before being relieved in the 18th inning. José Moreno then took over and gave up the deciding run in the 19th at bat.

During the remainder of the game, Kinheim's Head Coach Michael Crouwel had to look on from the stands today. In the original game last Sunday, he was ejected in the sixth inning for making some remarks after a decision. On Friday, Crouwel was handed a 2-game suspension, but the club appealed and so, the suspension is upheld until the case is looked after by the Jury of Appeal coming week.

When the game resumed, Kinheim got on base with two outs. Veteran player René Cremer was then inserted as pinch-hitter and singled, but he was forced out. Cremer retired after the 2014 season, but was added to the roster again. Storks also reached base with two outs in its 13th inning when Quinlan de Windt singled, but he stranded on first base.

...Marcel Tolenaars...
...GameWinning RBI...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Storks got several baserunners in the 14th inning, but the Kinheim-defense prevented them from scoring. Five consecutive batters reached base for Storks, but none of them scored, as there were three force play-grounders. Jurriaan Dijk led off with a walk, but was forced out on a bunt by Kenny George. Hereafter, Sem Petit walked. That was followed by two more force play-grounders with the runner at third base being forced out.

In the top of the 17th inning, it was Kinheim that close to deciding the game, as it got the bases loaded off of Jurrian KoksSven van de Sanden walked, then Marcel Tolenaars reached on a sacrifice bunt-fielder's choice. The bases got loaded when Jenk Lemmink singled, but hereafter, Koks struckout the next two batters to end the inning.

Two innings later, Kinheim did score a run off of José Moreno, who had taken over from Koks with one out in the previous inning. Wesley van Hemert led off with a walk, then was awarded second base on a balk. Van Hemert moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Sven van de Sanden and scored on a following sacrifice fly by Marcel Tolenaars.

After Storks was unable to score in the 14th off of Glen Wassink, the righthander encountered no more problems in the following innings. In the 15th, he gave up an one-out single to Tijani Dunlop, but he was caught stealing. Hereafter, Quinlan de Windt singled, but he stranded. Wassink then retired the side in the next three innings. After having retired twelve batters in a row, Wassink got a baserunner in the bottom of the 19th inning. With two outs, Sem Petit reached on an error and represented the tying run. But he stranded, as next batter Tyron de Windt grounded out to end the marathon-game. Last week, the first twelve innings were played in four hours and two minutes. Today, one hour and 51 minutes were added. With that, the total playing time was five hours and 53 minutes, making it one of the longest (if not the longest) games in Dutch baseball history.

Wesley van Hemert was 5-for-8 in the game, while Quinlan de Windt was 4-for-8 for Storks.

It was a record-setting game, as it was the longest in history in innings played. On September 20, 2008, the first game of the Promotion/Relegation Series between Euro Stars and ADO needed 18 innings to complete. Back then, ADO won 2-1 in Capelle a/d IJssel.

...The players of Kinheim congratulate each other with the win...
(© Photo: Rob Schuurman)
In that game, which lasted five hours and one minute, the two starting pitchers kept on throwing for their respective teams. American Alex Smith threw 17 (!) innings for ADO, struckout twelve batters, gave up only four hits and became the winning pitcher. For Euro Stars, Erik de Rijcke threw 13 1/3 inning and struckout 19 (!) batters, but also gave up 15 basehits. De Rijcke's successor Jorian van Acker struckout six more batters in 4 2/3 inning. Despite striking out a total of 25 batters, Euro Stars ended up emtpy-handed.

In today's game, Kinheim got 67 official at bats, while Storks got 71. Both passed the record of 65 set by ADO ten years ago. The total of 138 at bats also is a record.

In the Euro Stars vs. ADO game, there were four players who got eight at bats. That also was broken today, as Bram Blokker (Kinheim), Kenny George and Tyron de Windt (both Storks) all got nine at bats.

In 2008, Rodrinov Faries, Dimitri Leon and Dave Steward (all ADO) all got nine plate appearances (so including walks, hit batter, sacrifice flies and sacrifice bunts). In the Storks vs. Kinheim game, ten players tied that record. Thomas Bos, Bram Blokker, Wesley van Hemert, Sven van de Sanden, Marcel Tolenaars, Jenk Lemmink (all Kinheim), Runai Coran, Jurriaan Dijk, Kenny George and Tyron de Windt (all Storks) all stepped up to the plate nine times.

In the Euro Stars vs. ADO game in 2008, Aldrian Martis was the first baseman for Euro Stars and batted 1-for-7. This season, Martis initially was the 3B Coach of Storks, assisting Head Coach Aldric Dunlop. On July 18, Storks separated with the two coaches after the team was 3-26 with one tie.

The recap of Game 3 begins under the Line Score of Game 2.

...An overview with Sem Petit hitting for Storks against Kinheim...
(© Photo: Rob Schuurman)

Silicon Storks - Kinheim 2-3 (19 inn.)
Silicon Storks0100100000000000000-2151
(Game halted after 12 complete innings due to darkness on Sunday, September 30)
(Game completed on Saturday, October 6)
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Martijn Schoonderwoerd5.13-822

Calvin Andringa0.1-11--

Rick Timmermans2.2-11--

Al Morales Gomes3.25-2--

Glenn Wassink, W (1-0)7223--

pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Martin Kram5.2816--

Nick Winkel, H (1)1-2211

Gijs Timmer, H (1)1.12----

Jurrian Koks, BS (1)9.1102611

José Moreno, L (0-1)1.2-1-11
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires September 30:
HP-Rob Has, 1B-Yme van der Lugt, 3B-Mario Blaauw.
Umpires October 6:
HP-Rudsel Schoobaar, 1B-Jos van Eijsden, 3B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer September 30-Brigitte Brands.
Official Scorer October 6-Melanie Dijkhuizen.
Play-by-Play Scorer September 30-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer October 6-Alex van den Berg.
Technical Commissioner September 30-Jan Kuipers.
Technical Commissioner October 6-Johan Brandsma.
Public Address Announcer September 30-José Moreno Sr. (Storks).
Public Address Announcer October 6-Kitty van Gilst (Kinheim).
Scoreboard Operator September 30-(Storks).
Scoreboard Operators October 6-Wouter Creighton & Nick Andringa (Kinheim).
Starting Time September 30-2:28 PM.
Starting Time October 6-11:00 AM.
Time Played September 30-4:02 hrs.
Time Played October 6-1:51 hrs.
Overall Time Played-5:53 hrs.
Site September 30-Sportpark 'Kijkduin;, The Hague (site Storks).
Site October 6-Pim Mulier Stadion, Pim Mulier Sportpark, Haarlem (site Kinheim).

Game Notes:
Game 2, best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Series, Series tied at 1-1.
Game halted after 12 complete innings, due to darkness on Sunday, September 30 in The Hague.
Game completed on Saturday, October 6 in Haarlem before Game 3.
Michael Crouwel (Head Coach Kinheim) ejected in top 6th inning by 1B Umpire Yme van der Lugt for arguing (Sept. 30).
Weather conditions at game time (Sept. 30): Partly cloudy, 15,5° C (59,° F); wind direction northwest;
wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 65%.
Weather conditions at game time (Oct. 6): Sunny, 16,8° C (62,2° F); wind direction southwest;
wind speed 14 kmh (8,7 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 78%.

Game 3

Despite the lengthy extra innings of the previous game, the third match-up between Kinheim and Storks went underway only minutes later than the scheduled time.

Storks immediately opened the score in the top of the first inning off of starter Martijn Schoonderwoerd. The team from The Hague scored one run, but left three runners behind.

Schoonderwoerd struckout the first two batters he faced, but then gave up four consecutive basehits. First, Boudewijn van Elswijk and Joost van den Bergh singled to put runners on first and second base. Hereafter, Kenny George also singled to bring in Van Elswijk. The bases got loaded when next batter Quinlan de Windt also singled, but three runners stranded when Schoonderwoerd closed with another strikeout.

Schoonderwoerd retired the side in the next two innings. In the fourth, the righthander walked two batters, but the first was caught stealing and the second was forced out.

After having retired the side again in the fifth, Schoonderwoerd gave up his second run in the sixth at bat. Boudewijn van Elswijk led off with a single, advanced on a grounder and reached third base on a single by Kenny George. Moments later, Van Elswijk scored his second run, this time on a single by Quinlan de Windt. After striking out the next batter, Schoonderwoerd was relieved by Calvin Andringa, who closed the inning.

When Andringa walked lead-off hitter Philipp Brandl in the seventh, he was replaced by Rick Timmermans, who retired the next three batters.

Another pitching change followed in the eighth when Finn Blokker took over. With two outs, he gave up a double to Quinlan de Windt, but he stranded on second base.

Storks added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Blokker walked Philipp Brandl and Runai Coran. Hereafter, Joeri Kesseler became the fifth pitcher for Kinheim. He enabled both runners to advance on a wild pitch. Kesseler then threw another wild pitch, which brought Brandl across home plate to make it a 3-0 score.

...Juan Carlos Sulbaran...
...10 strikeouts...
...winning pitcher...
(© Photo: Fred Reuling)
Kinheim faced former professional pitcher Juan Carlos Sulbaran for the second time. In the opener a week ago, the righthander struckout 13 batters in six innings and ended up with a no-decision. Today, Sulbaran struckout 11 batters and gave up only three hits in seven innings to become the winning pitcher.

Kinheim got some scoring opportunities, but stranded five runners in scoring position. The team first got into scoring position in the bottom of the second inning. Sven van de Sanden and Marcel Tolenaars then both walked, but Sulbaran retired the next three hitters, two of them with a strikeout.

In the fourth, Van de Sanden led off with a double and this time, Sulbaran followed with three strikeouts.

In the sixth, now trailing 2-0, Kinheim got its next runner in scoring position. Bram Blokker led off with a walk, then Marcel Tolenaars singled with two outs, but hereafter, Sulbaran struckout his tenth batter in the game.

In the bottom of the eighth, Marcel Kram took over the pitching from Sulbaran and got the bases loaded. The righthander, who made only two relief-appearances this season, gave up singles to Thomas Bos and Bram Blokker, who then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Wesley van Hemert. With first base open, Sven van de Sanden was walked intentionally. With only one out and the bases loaded, Kinheim had the chance to do some scoring and maybe even take the lead. However, the inning ended when Marcel Tolenaars lined into an unassisted double play to first baseman Kenny George.

Kinheim got one more baserunner in the bottom of the ninth. Jenk Lemmink led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Mart Wedman. But he stranded on first base, as two flyouts and a groundout ended the inning and the game.

...Martijn Schoonderwoerd and Juan Carlos Sulbaran were the starting pitchers for Kinheim and Storks...

...Kinheim Head Coach Michael Crouwel coaching at third base (left)...
...Head Coach Youri Visser (center) and Pitching Coach Jurrian Koks (right) coaching at 3B and 1B for Storks...

...The 3rd basemen had a good day with their bats...
...Quinlan de Windt (left) was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Storks, Bram Blokker (right) was 2-for-3 for Kinheim...

...Left: Kinheim Pitching Coach David Bergman has a talk with pitcher Martijn Schoonderwoerd...
...and catcher Wesley van Hemert in the 6th inning...
...Right: Kinheim-rightfielder Nick Hofer makes a catch...

...Left: Bram Blokker dives back during a pick-off attempt while 1B Kenny George gets the ball in the 6th inning...
...Right: Philipp Brandl steals 2nd base in the 7th inning, while short stop René Cremer waits for the ball...

...Left: Storks-catcher Jurriaan Dijk has a painful moment...
...Right: Storks 2nd baseman Eduardo Guerra had five assists...
(© All Photos: Henk Seppen)

Kinheim - Silicon Storks 0-3
Silicon Storks100001001-380
pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Juan Carlos Sulbaran, W (1-0)71133--

Martin Kram, SV (1)2-13--

pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Martijn Schoonderwoerd, L (0-1)5.272722

Calvin Andringa0.1 (*)-1---

Rick Timmermans1-----

Finn Blokker1.122111

Joeri Kesseler0.2-----
(*) - Andringa pitched to one batter in the 7th inning
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Rob Has, 1B-Rudsel Schoobaar, 3B-Jos van Eijsden.
Official Scorer-Melanie Dijkhuizen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Technical Commissioner-Johan Brandsma.
Public Address Announcer-Kitty van Gilst.
Scoreboard Operators-Wouter Creighton & Nick Andringa.
Starting Time-2:06 PM.
Time Played-2:36 hrs.
Site-Pim Mulier Stadion, Pim Mulier Sportpark, Haarlem.

Game Notes:
Game 3, best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Series, Storks leads, 2-1.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 18° C (64,4° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 11 kmh (6,8 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 75%.

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