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Second game Storks vs. Kinheim halted by darkness

THE HAGUE (Neth.) - The second game of the best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Series between Silicon Storks and Kinheim was halted on Sunday (September 30) after 12 complete innings due to darkness with the score tied at 2-2. The home-site of Storks in The Hague has no light-installation. The game will be completed coming Saturday (October 6) in Haarlem before the third game between the two teams.

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

As mentioned, Game 3 will be played on Saturday in Haarlem. When a fourth game is needed, it will be played on Sunday in The Hague.

Storks is one of two teams playing in the highest league without a light-installation on its home-site, the other being De Glaskoning Twins. Storks, which made its comeback in the big league this season, played its evening home-games at the site of Curaçao Neptunus in Rotterdam. Twins, which played in its third big league-season this year, played its evening-games at several sites. In 2016, Twins played in the evening at the site of The Hawks in Dordrecht. Last year, it played its evening-games at the site of the opponent. This season, Twins used the site of Gryphons in nearby Rosmalen. In the past, there had been a rule that big league-teams needed to have a light-installation at its home-site.

According to the rules, postseason-games will continue until there is a winner. While these rules are also known to the clubs, the game in The Hague started at 2:30 PM, which is the regular starting time for home games of Storks. It also could have been determined by the League's commissioner to start all these deciding games at 2 PM, especially because of the extra-inning rule and especially on a non-light field.

After having played more than four hours today, the game was tied at 2-2 after twelve innings. Due to the darkness, it was decided not to start the 13th inning and the game was halted. It was initially announced that game was to resume on Monday-evening, October 1 on a field with a light-installation, but where that was to be was not known yet. Later on Sunday-evening, it was announced and confirmed that the game will resume coming Saturday at 11 AM before the start of the third game, which will be played in the Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem.

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Like on Saturday, it was another low-scoring game. With that, it was another attractive and exciting match-up between these two teams. Unfortunately, there was no decision today, as it was necessary to halt the game after twelve complete innings due to the darkness. The game will now be completed on another site, as the remainder will be played coming Saturday in Haarlem.

In the opener on Saturday, Storks struck in the eighth inning after a pitching-change. Today, it was Kinheim that did its scoring after a change of pitchers.

Both teams got into scoring position early, but only Storks was able to do some scoring.

In the top of the first inning, Thomas Bos led off the game for Kinheim with a single off of starter Martin Kram. The righthander struckout the next two batters, but Bos then stole second base to get into scoring position. This season, Kram was 1-10 in his big league-debut in the regular season, then was 0-2 in the following Relegation Pool. Today Kram had a fine outing, as he struckout eight batters in 5 2/3 inning, giving up six basehits. With Bos at second base, Kram closed the inning with a strikeout.

Storks also got into scoring position in its first at bat off of starter Martijn Schoonderwoerd. He gave up one-out singles to Jurriaan Dijk and Kenny George, but they stranded on first and second base.

In the top of the second inning, Kinheim left a runner behind on third base. Marcel Tolenaars led off with a single and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Jenk Lemmink. With one out, he moved to third base on a flyout by Cris Herkemij, but then stranded.

Storks opened the score in the bottom of the second inning. Martijn Schoonderwoerd hit lead-off hitter Gino Gil with a pitch. With one out, he moved on a sacrifice bunt by Tijani Dunlop and a single by Quinlan de Windt, then scored on a single by Runai Coran. Schoonderwoerd closed with a strikeout and with that, two runners were left behind.

...Quinlan de Windt singled and doubled for Storks today...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In the top of the third inning, Kinheim got another scoring opportunity. With two outs, the Haarlem-team got the bases loaded. Bram Blokker and Wesley van Hemert singled, then Sven van de Sanden was hit by a pitch. But three runners were left behind when the latter was forced out on a grounder by Marcel Tolenaars.

Storks then doubled its lead in the fifth ining. Runai Coran led off with a single, stole second base and scored on a following single by Jurriaan Dijk. With two outs, Tyron de Windt also singled, but the home team stranded two runners.

In the sixth, the defense of both teams again avoided giving up runs.

In the top of the at bat, Kinheim again got the bases loaded. Wesley van Hemert led off with a double. With two outs, Jenk Lemmink walked and Cris Herkemij reached on an infield-hit to load the bases. That marked the end for Martin Kram, who was replaced by Nick Winkel, who on Saturday played in rightfield for Storks. The inning ended when Herkemij was forced out on second base on a grounder by Nick Hofer.

Storks left two runners behind in its sixth. The at bat began with Juan Carlos Sulbaran entering the game as pinch-hitter. On Saturday, Sulbaran threw the first six innings for Storks. Now, he flied out and stayed in the game as rightfielder. Hereafter, Kinheim also went to the bullpen, as Calvin Andringa took over from Martijn Schoonderwoerd. He got a grounder, but then gave up a double to Quinlan de Windt and walked Runai Coran, which led to another pitching change. Rick Timmermans took over and got an inning-ending flyout. With that, two runners were left behind and the score remained 2-0.

It was a matter of time for Kinheim to also do some scoring and that happened in the top of the seventh inning, but the team failed to take the lead. With one out, Thomas Bos walked and stole second base. With two outs, Kinheim cut the deficit in half when Bos scored on a single by Wesley van Hemert. The bases got loaded when Sven van de Sanden also singled and Marcel Tolenaars walked. And so, Storks also made another pitching change, as Gijs Timmer was brought in. He closed with a strikeout, meaning Kinheim left the bases loaded for the third time.

...Sven van de Sanden batted in the tying run for Kinheim...
...On the photo, he plays for Kinheim in the big league in 2014...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
With Storks leading 2-1, righthander Jurrian Koks took the mound in the top of the ninth inning to close the game. The veteran threw the final three innings on Saturday and then became the winning pitcher. But today, he was credited with a Blown Save, as he saw Kinheim come alongside. With one out, Koks gave up singles to Bram Blokker and Wesley van Hemert (who was 4-for-6). Sven van de Sanden followed with the third consecutive basehit, which tied the score. Storks avoided giving up more runs, as a double play ended the at bat.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jurriaan Dijk walked with one out for Storks. Hereafter, Al Morales Gomes became the new pitcher for Kinheim. The veteran righthander ran into problems on Saturday, but today, he had a strong outing. With Dijk on first base, Morales struckout the next two hitters and so, the game went into extra innings.

Kinheim left a runner behind on first base in the top of the tenth inning, while Storks was retired in order by Morales. In the eleventh, Koks retired the Kinheim-side. Morales gave up a lead-off single in the bottom of the eleventh, but his defense then made two force outs.

And so, while the sun started to set and it was getting somewhat darker, the twelfth inning went underway. Kinheim was retired in order in its twelfth, while Storks got into scoring position. With one out, Kris Morris singled and moved to second base on a grounder. But hereafter, Morales closed with a strikeout.

That also ended the game, as the umpiring crew halted the game due to the darkness.

To be continued!

...Today's closers Jurrian Koks (left) and Al Morales Gomes were teammates in 2011-2012...
...when both pitched in the big league for L&D Amsterdam Pirates...
(© Both Photos: Henk Seppen)

Silicon Storks - Kinheim 2-2 (12 inn., halted)
Silicon Storks010010000000-2121
(Game halted after 12 complete innings due to darkness; will be completed on Saturday, October 6)
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Martijn Schoonderwoerd5.13-822

Calvin Andringa0.1-11--

Rick Timmermans2.2-11--

Al Morales Gomes (*)3.25-2--
(*) - Pitcher-of-Record at the moment the game was halted

pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Martin Kram5.2816--

Nick Winkel, H (1)1-2211

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

Jurrian Koks, BS (1) (*)431311
(*) - Pitcher-of-Record at the moment the game was halted
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Rob Has, 1B-Yme van der Lugt, 3B-Mario Blaauw.
Official Scorer-Brigitte Brands.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Technical Commissioner-Jan Kuipers.
Public Address Announcer-José Moreno Sr.
Scoreboard Operator-.
Starting Time-2:28 PM.
Time Played-4:02 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'Kijkduin;, The Hague.

Game Notes:
Game 2, best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Series, Storks leads, 1-0.
Game halted after 12 complete innings, due to darkness.
Game to be completed on Saturday, October 6 at Haarlem before Game 3.
Michael Crouwel (Head Coach Kinheim) ejected in top 6th inning by 1B Umpire Yme van der Lugt for arguing.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 15,5° C (59,° F); wind direction northwest;
wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 65%.

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