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Amsterdam Pirates wins big vs. Storks; Cordemans adds five strikeouts

THE HAGUE (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates recorded a big 11-2 win against Silicon Storks in Game 2 of their series on Saturday (May 19). With that, Amsterdam extended its winning streak to ten games.

Amsterdam Pirates shutout Storks 4-0 in the opener on Thursday-evening.

Rob Cordemans made his first start of the season for Amsterdam Pirates. The 43-year old righthander threw four innings and left after having thrown 54 pitches. Cordemans gave up only one basehit, but he also struckout five more hitters. With that, he increased his career-total to 1,939 strikeouts. Cordemans now needs only nine more strikeouts to equal the all-time record of 1,948, which has been held by Bart Volkerijk since 1996.

In the fifth inning of today's game, Amsterdam lost third baseman Rashid Gerard. He was hit in his face by the ball after a bad-hop single and had to leave the game. Gerard was transported to a local hospital. There, it was thought that he might have broken his nose, but that couldn't be determined yet due to the swelling. Gerard needs further treatment on Tuesday when new x-rays will be made.

Amsterdam collected 17 basehits, including five by Kenny Berkenbosch and four by Zerzinho Croes. Nick Urbanus and Rodney Daal both batted in three runs, while Croes and Urbanus both scored three runs. Urbanus also homered.

Storks produced only two basehits, which were both hit by Joost van den Bergh.

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Initially, it took some innings for Amsterdam Pirates to do the scoring. The team took an 1-0 lead in the first inning, then took more distance from the fifth inning on.

In the top of the first inning, Amsterdam opened the score off of starting pitcher Martin Kram. With one out, Zerzinho Croes reached on a bunt-single and scored on a 2-out double by Kenny Berkenbosch.

After being retired in order, Amsterdam got into scoring position again in the third at bat. Victor Draijer then led off with a single in his first at bat for Pirates. Draijer, the brother of centerfielder Remco Draijer, returned home from the USA a few days earlier and today, he made his debut in a Pirates-uniform after having joined the team in the off-season. Draijer advanced to second base on a grounder by his brother, but then was left behind.

In the top of the fourth, Amsterdam Pirates got the bases loaded with two outs. Rodney Daal then walked, Rashid Gerard singled and Max Clarijs also walked, but they all stranded.

In the meantime, Storks was silenced in its first four innings by Amsterdam-starter Rob Cordemans. After having retired the side in the first and second inning, Cordemans gave up a lead-off single to Joost van den Bergh in the third at bat. Hereafter, Nick Nefs walked, but Cordemans retired the next three batters, the first two with a strikeout. The righthander retired the side again in the fourth.

After having left three runners behind in the fourth inning, Amsterdam scored three runs in the top of the fifth. Remco Draijer led off with a walk and Zerzinho Croes singled. An attempt for a sacrifice bunt by Nick Urbanus ended in a force out at third base, but hereafter, Kenny Berkenbosch delivered an RBI-double. With runners on second and third base and two outs, both scored on a single by Rodney Daal to make it a 4-0 score.

In the bottom of the fifth, Storks cut the deficit in half by scoring two runs off of new pitcher Robin Schel. This also was the inning in which Amsterdam third baseman Rashid Gerard got injured. First, lead-off hitter Philipp Brandl reached on an error. Hereafter, Joost van den Bergh singled down the leftfield-line. Near third base, the ball took a bad hop and ended up in the middle of Rashid Gerard's face, who immediately fell to the ground. Gerard was attended and luckily, he was able to leave the field on his own force, accompanied by some teammates and the team's physical therapist. Niels van Weert took over as third baseman, while Gerard went to the hospital for a check-up. When the game resumed after the injury delay, Brandl and Van den Bergh advanced on a wild pitch. The two moved on another wild pitch, which led to a run, then the second run was added on a sacrifice fly by Nick Nefs. Schel recovered, struckout the next hitter, then a flyout ended the inning.

In the remainder of the game, Storks was both held scoreless and hitless and got into scoring position only one more time. In the sixth, Imco Rudolph and Runai Coran both walked, but a double play and flyout followed. In the next two innings, Storks was retired in order.

In the top of the sixth, Amsterdam rallied for five runs on six hits with two outs. Remco Draijer (fielder's choice) then was on first base. He stole second base and scored on a single by Zerzinho Croes. Hereafter, Nick Urbanus followed with a 2-run homerun. Kenny Berkenbosch then singled and scored on a double by Linoy Croes, which led to a pitching change. José Moreno took over, but was greeted with a runscoring triple by Rodney Daal, which lifted the lead to 9-2.

Amsterdam added another run in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Mikey De La Cruz Santana then reached on an error, moved to third base on a single by Zerzinho Croes and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Urbanus.

In the top of the ninth, Amsterdam scored its final run off of new pitcher Kendrick Delima. With two outs, Nick Urbanus singled and moved on the fifth basehit in this game by Kenny Berkenbosch. He then scored when Linoy Croes reached on an error.

In the bottom of the ninth, Storks got one more baserunner when Aldi Guzman walked with two outs, but a grounder then ended the game.

...Left: Martin Kram (left) and Rob Cordemans were the starting pitchers for Storks and Amsterdam Pirates...
...After today, Cordemans needs nine more strikeouts to even the all-time strikeout-record...

...Left: Kenny Berkenbosch had five hits (2 doubles), scored twice and batted in two runs for Amsterdam...
...Right: Joost van den Bergh dives to 1st base during a pick-off to 1B Kenny Berkenbosch in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Nick Urbanus reaches 3rd base in the 5th inning while 3B Gino Gil tries to avoid that...
...Right: Robin Schel was the winning pitcher for Amsterdam Pirates...

...Amsterdam 3B Rashid Gerard is hit in his face by a bad-hop in the 5th inning, while pitcher Robin Schel follows the ball...
...Gerard is accompanied off the field by teammates and the team's physical therapist...

...Left: Victor Draijer dives back to 1st base where 1B Kendrick Delima waits for the ball in the 6th inning...
...Right: Nick Urbanus is greeted after his homerun in the 6th inning...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Silicon Storks - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 2-11
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Silicon Storks000020000-223
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans4511--

Robin Schel, W (2-0)322121

Daan Hendrix221---

pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Martin Kram, L (0-2)5.2231299

José Moreno1.1-231-

Ricky Voorn1-1---

Kendrick Delima11-21-

Homerun: Pirates: Nick Urbanus (1)(6th,2-run,off Kram).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Rob Has, 1B-Henny Jansen.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Tineke Has.
Public Address Announcers-José Moreno Sr., Abby de Windt.
Scoreboard Operator-.
Starting Time-2:30 PM.
Time Played-2:57 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'Kijkduin', The Hague.

Game Notes:
6-minute injury delay in bottom 5th inning after Amsterdam Pirates 3B Rashid Gerard was hit in his face by a bad-hop single.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 12° C (53,6° F); wind direction northwest;
wind speed 14 kmh (8,7 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 84%.

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