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Amsterdam Pirates opens with win; Rob Cordemans nears milestone

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates opened the 2019 season on a chilly Thursday-evening (April 4) at home with a 5-1 win against Silicon Storks, while pitcher Rob Cordemans closed in on the first milestone he can reach this season.

Last year, the season opened on April 26, which was one of the latest opening dates in history. Tonight was one the earliest season openers. It is the earliest since the 2012 season opened on Thursday, April 5.

There was another interesting fact in tonight's four games, as a huge total of 91 batters struckout, 40 of them in the first three innings. This is by far the highest total on an Opening Day in years. The previous high in the past fourteen years was 63 in 2011. This underscores that the timing of the batters still needs the necessary adjustments after a short period of preparations for the season. After several exhibition games were cancelled, the eight teams only had two weeks to play some games.

28 of these strikeouts were recorded in the game between Amsterdam Pirates and Storks. Nine of them were thrown by Storks-starter Darryl Jamoena. Amsterdam-starter Rob Cordemans struckout eight batters. With this, he increased his career-total to 1,993. His probable next start will be coming Thursday at home against HCAW. That will be the first opportunity to him to become the first pitcher in history with 2,000 career strikeouts.

(April 4)

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In tonight's game, Darryl Jamoena started for Storks and the righthander had a good outing, striking out nine batters in four innings, giving up four basehits.

...Rob Cordemans started for Amsterdam Pirates...
...He struckout 8 batters and now has 1,993 in his career...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Veteran Rob Cordemans started for Amsterdam Pirates and also delivered another fine performance. The righthander struckout eight batters in five innings and also gave up only four hits.

With this, Jamoena began his third season at the highest level and pitched in his 24th game, but only his sixth start. On the other hand, 'milestone-collector' Cordemans started his 26th season in the highest division (his tenth with Pirates). For Cordemans, this was his 323rd game and 284th start, both all-time records he extended tonight. As mentioned above Cordemans can strikeout his 2,000th career batter in his next start, as he needs only seven to reach this milestone. This season, Cordemans can become the first pitcher in Dutch big league history with 2,000 strikeouts, 2,000 innings pitched and 200 victories.

Cordemans began the game with his 1,996th strikeout, but then gave up a single to Jurriaan Dijk. That was hit at 7:34 PM and was the first basehit in the 2019 big league-season. The first run was scored in the game between Quick Amersfoort vs. Twins Oosterhout, the first homerun was hit in the match-up between Curaçao Neptunus and HCAW.

For Amsterdam, Linoy Croes led off the bottom of the first inning with a single. He was awarded second base on a balk to become the first runner in scoring position. But both Dijk and Croes were left behind.

Darryl Jamoena struckout the side in the second inning. He also struckout three batters in the third, but also gave up two runs in that at bat. With one out, Delano Selassa singled and stole second base. With two outs, Niels van Weert walked. Both scored when Gilmer Lampe followed with a double. Jamoena closed with his eighth strikeout in three innings, but trailed 2-0.

...Darryl Jamoena started for Storks...
...He struckout a career-high 9 batters...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Cordemans did not allow a runner to get into scoring position in the first four innings, but then gave un an unearned run in the fifth. In the previous innings, two debuting Storks-players reached a milestone. In the second inning, Luuk Visser singled in his first big league at bat, but then was caught stealing. And in third, Hungarian player Krisztián Tóth did the same, but he was picked off first base by Cordemans. By the way, Tóth became the first Hungarian player in the Dutch big league. Tóth also plays for the National Team of Hungary with whom he last year participated in the European Championship C-Pool Qualifier in Kropyvnytskyi in Ukraine.

With two outs in the top of the fifth and Krisztián Tóth (fielder's choice) on first base, Roy Winkel singled. Winkel made his big league-debut in 2011, playing in one game of ADO, then also played in one game the next season for ADOLakers. As he went 0-for-4 in those two games combined, this was Winkel's first big league-basehit. A pick-off at first base by catcher Max Clarijs then resulted in two errors. That enabled Tóth to score and Winkel to reach third base. Next batter Giovanny Perez walked, but Cordemans then closed with his eighth and final strikeout of the evening.

In the next four innings, Storks was retired in order by relievers Nick Veltkamp, Mike Groen and Maickel Rietel.

Amsterdam Pirates took more distance in the bottom of the fifth inning off of David van Heyningen, who also made his big league-debut. Storks had four players tonight who made their debut, the fourth being Stephon Mohamed. With one out, Niels van Weert walked and he moved to third base when a pick-off ended in a throwing error. Next batter Gilmer Lampe also walked, then stole second base. The two runners advanced on a wild pitch, which led to a run. Moments later, Lampe also scored on a wild pitch to make it a 4-1 score.

Pirates added another run in the sixth inning. The team got the bases loaded when Victor Draijer and Delano Selassa walked and Linoy Croes reached on a bunt-single. With two outs, Draijer scored when Denzel Richardson also walked. That led to a pitching change. Sem Lauf took over with the bases loaded and the inning ended when third baseman Krisztián Tóth caught a line drive from Kenny Berkenbosch.

Amsterdam also got the bases loaded again in the eigth inning. The inning then ended when Lauf started a 1-2-3 double play on a grounder by Denzel Richardson.

...Left: Head Coaches Youri Visser (left) and Brian Finnegan shake hands; Umpire Aad Otsen looks on...
...Right: Amsterdam Head Coach Brian Finnegan shakes hands with Kalian Sams...

...Left: Linoy Croes was 2-for-4 with a walk for Amsterdam Pirates...
...Right: Luuk Visser is caught stealing and tagged out by Delano Selassa in 2nd inning...

...Left: Krisztián Tóth slides back to 1st base, on the next one, he is picked off in the 3rd inning...
...Right: Kenny Berkenbosch slides into 2nd base in the 4th inning; short stop Giovanny Perez tries to catch a throwing error...

...Left: Roy Winkel advances to 3rd base on two errors in the 5th inning...
...Right: The strikeouts of Rob Cordemans are recorded on the rightfield-fence...
(© All Photos: Henk Seppen)

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - Silicon Storks 5-1
Silicon Storks000010000-142
L&D Amsterdam Pirates00202100X-573
pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Darryl Jamoena, L (0-1)491422

David van Heyningen1.226233

Sem Lauf2.1221--

pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (1-0)58241-

Nick Veltkamp, H (1)23----

Mike Groen12----

Maickel Rietel12----
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Niek Elshof, 1B-Aad Otsen, René Ras.
Official Scorer-Norbert van Oosterhout.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Technical Commissioner-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Public Address Announcer-Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:53 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Opening Night 2019.
Stephon Mohamed, Krisztián Tóth, Luuk Visser and David van Heyningen (all Storks) make their debut in the Dutch big league.
Luuk Visser (2nd inning) and Krisztián Tóth (3rd inning) hit a basehit in their first big league at bat.
Jurriaan Dijk (Storks) hits the first basehit in the 2019 big league-season in the 1st inning at 7:34 PM.
Krisztián Tóth (Storks) becomes the first player from Hungary to play in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 8,6° C (47,5° F); wind direction east-southeast;
wind speed 14 kmh (8,7 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 68%.

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