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Neptunus takes lead in Holland Series vs. Amsterdam Pirates with narrow win in Game 5

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Curaçao Neptunus trailed twice, committed four errors and was outhit, but nevertheless won 6-5 on Thursday-evening (October 14) against L&D Amsterdam Pirates in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Holland Series to take a 3-2 lead in the Championship Final.

Amsterdam Pirates opened the Holland Series with a 2-0 shutout-win on a rainy Saturday-afternoon, October 2. Pirates then also won the second game on Thursday-evening (October 7), this time with a 3-1 score.

In Game 3 last Saturday, Neptunus cut the deficit in half by winning 2-0 on an one-hitter by Kevin Kelly. With the win, Neptunus also snapped an 8-game losing streak in Holland Series-games against Pirates. The next day, Neptunus turned an early 2-0 deficit into an 8-2 victory, thanks to a 7-run rally to equal the best-of-seven and force a sixth game.

Game 6 will be played coming Saturday-afternoon in Amsterdam. When needed, the seventh game will then be played on Sunday in Rotterdam.

Tonight, in what was a close and suspenseful fifth game, Neptunus trailed halfway the second inning (2-1) and halfway the fourth inning (4-3), but was able to erase the deficits. The team broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth, then added an insurance run in the seventh. Christian Diaz played a big role for Neptiunus. He not only had two triples, he scored the tying run, then the go-ahead run and batted in an insurance run.

Pirates outhit Neptunus 12-11 and got a chance to take some distance in the second inning, but in what might have been a productive rally, two runners were eliminated at the plate.

The four errors made by the Neptunian defense were the most the Rotterdam-team made in a Holland Series-game since August 16, 2012. Back then, Neptunus also made four errors in Game 1 against Kinheim. In that year, Neptunus was swept in four games by the Haarlem-team.

(October 14)

Related Articles:
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Amsterdam Pirates shuts out Neptunus in rainy Holland Series-opener. (October 2)

Tonight was an interesting game with a back-and-forth line score and suspense from the beginning.

...Christian Diaz made important contributions...
...for Neptunus, as he had two triples, scored...
...twice and batted in the insurance run...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Mick Vos was the starting third baseman tonight for Amsterdam Pirates, instead of Rashid Gerard. With that, Vos played in his first Holland Series-game and he recorded a basehit in his first at bat. In 2018, Vos was on the Holland Series-roster of Neptunus, but then didn't play.

Amsterdam Pirates got its first scoring opportunity in the top of the first inning off of Diegomar Markwell, who made his third start of the Series. With one out, the lefthander gave up a single to Sharlon Schoop, who then advanced to third base on a 2-out single by Kalian Sams. But they were left behind, as next batter Sicnarf Loopstok popped out.

Neptunus then opened the score in its first at bat off of Juan Carlos Sulbaran, who made his second start. The righthander walked lead-off hitter Stijn van der Meer, then gave up a double to Roger Bernadina. A grounder by Dwayne Kemp enabled Van der Meer to score, but that was to be it. With Bernadina on second base, Dudley Leonora popped out. And after John Polonius had walked, Sulbaran closed by striking out Gianison Boekhoudt.

Pirates then struck with two runs in the top of the second inning. Both were unearned, as the at bat began with an error. The first four batters reached base safely, which could have led to a productive rally, but in the end, only two runs were scored, as two runners were eliminated at the plate. Lead-off hitter Kenny Berkenbosch reached when his grounder ended in an error by first baseman Dudley Leonora, then Mick Vos and Raydley Legito both singled to load the bases. Hereafter, Roelie Henrique walked to become the fourth consecutive batter to reach. And with that, Berkenbosch scored the tying run. With the bases still loaded, Gilmer Lampe flied out to leftfielder Christian Diaz. Vos took off to score, but he was eliminated at the plate on a throw from Diaz to catcher Dashenko Ricardo and that completed a double play. Still with runners on first and second base, Sharlon Schoop then singled. Legito scored the go-ahead run from second base, while Henrique advanced to third base. However, Henrique then tried to score when the throw from rightfielder Roger Bernadina to third base was high and off cours and ended up in foul territory. But Henrique ended up short, as third baseman Stijn van der Meer retrieved the ball and got it in time to catcher Ricardo, who then tagged out the runner. And that ended the inning and also a possible rally, but Pirates led 2-1.

The lead was shortlived, as Neptunus answered with two runs. One of them also was unearned due to an error. Dashenko Ricardo led off with a single, moved into scoring position on a grounder by Christian Diaz, then was awarded third base on a balk. After Shaldimar Daantji had struckout, Stijn van der Meer walked and Roger Bernadina singled. On the single, Ricardo scored and Van der Meer moved to third base. However, when rightfielder Denzel Richardson made an error, he also was able to score to put Neptunus ahead, 3-2.

After Pirates was retired in order in the top of the third inning, Neptunus got a chance to add another run, but failed to do so. Dudley Leonora led off with a triple, but he stranded on third base. First, John Polonius fouled out, then Juan Carlos Sulbaran struckout both Gianison Boekhoudt and Dashenko Ricardo.

Pirates re-took the lead in the top of the fourth by scoring two more unearned runs, as the Neptunian defense committed three more errors. Kenny Berkenbosch led off and again reached on an error. He then moved to third base on a single by Mick Vos. With runners on first and third base, next batter Raydley Legito popped the ball up in the air behind second base. There, second baseman Dwayne Kemp caught the ball, then threw the ball in the ground to first baseman Dudley Leonora, who made an error, which enabled Berkenbosch to score the tying run. Pirates then got the bases loaded on two successful bunts-singles by Roelie Henrique and Gilmer Lampe. Vos then scored on a sacrifice fly by Sharlon Schoop to put Pirates ahead, 4-3. On the sac-fly, Henrique moved to third base, while Lampe took off from first base on the throw to the infield. He reached second base safely, as this time, second baseman Dwayne Kemp made an error when it was attempted to eliminate Lampe. Pirates got the bases loaded again when Denzel Richardson walked. But the three runners were left behind when Kalian Sams popped out.

In the bottom of the fourth, Neptunus scored another run to come alongside, but also stranded two more runners. Christian Diaz led off with a single, advanced via a sacrifice bunt by Shaldimar Daantji and scored on a single by Stijn van der Meer. Next batter Roger Bernadina also singled, but runners were left behind on first and second base when Dwayne Kemp (foul pop-fly) and Dudley Leonora both flied out.

Neptunus took the lead for the third time in the bottom of the sixth inning. Again, the at bat began with a lead-off triple, this time hit by Christian Diaz. Unlike the third inning, Neptunus now scored. First, Shaldimar Daantji struckout, but then Diaz scored on a wild pitch. After next batter Stijn van der Meer had singled, Robyn Clara took over the Pirates-pitching. The righthander walked Roger Bernadina, but then struckout Dwayne Kemp (after three foul-balls) and got a force play-grounder from Dudley Leonora.

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Pirates got its next runner in scoring position when Sicnarf Loopstok doubled, but he stranded on second base.

Moments later, Neptunus added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Dashenko Ricardo singled and scored on the second triple in this game by Christian Diaz, who became the first player in Holland Series-history with two triples in one game. Robyn Clara closed by striking out Shaldimar Daantji, but Neptunus now led 6-4. The run batted in by Diaz indeed was the insurance run, as it was the difference in the final score.

Although he already had thrown more than 100 pitches, Diegomar Markwell returned to the mound for Neptunus in the top of the eighth. He gave up a 2-out single to Roelie Henrique, but he was forced out.

In the bottom of the eighth, Mike Groen became Amsterdam's third pitcher and retired the side.

In the top of the ninth, Neptunus also went to the bullpen, which led to some traffic at the basepaths. Aaron de Groot took over the pitching for Markwell, but he saw the first two batters reach base. Sharlon Schoop led off with a single, then Denzel Richardson walked, which led to another pitching change. Kevin Kelly took over, but he got the bases loaded when Kalian Sams singled through the left side of the infield. Last Saturday, Kelly made his first start since the 2017 season and threw a complete game one-hitter in a shutout-victory. But now, he was greeted with a single, which got the bases loaded. With that, the suspense returned again and the lead of Neptunus came into jeopardy. Kelly then struckout next batter Sicnarf Loopstok. Although the third strike was in the ground, Loopstok was out automatically, as first base was occupied. Hereafter, Pirates scored on a force play-grounder by Kenny Berkenbosch, which was the lone earned run scored tonight by Pirates. On the grounder by Berkenbosch, Schoop scored and Richadson moved to third base, while Sams was forced out on second base. When the force out was made and Sams slid into second base, second baseman Dwayne Kemp jumped up and then didn't land well. While Kemp was attended, Neptunus Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma came out to argue the situation with 2B Umpire Niek Elshof, regarding the breaking up of the double play. Shortly thereafter, the umpiring crew got together, but they hadn't see any wrong-doing and so, the inning continued with runners at the corners. The inning and the game then ended when Mick Vos popped out to short stop John Polonius.

...Diegomar Markwell and Juan Carlos Sulbaran were the starting pitchers tonight in Game 5...

...3B Mick Vos catches a pop-fly in the 1st inning, 2B Raydley Legito tries to do the same and a small collision follows...

...Left: Kenny Berkenbosch reaches on an error in the 2nd inning, as 1B Dudley Leonora steps besides his base...
...Right: Raydley Legito puts down a bunt-single to load the bases in the 2nd inning...

...Left: Sharlon Schoop puts Pirates ahead with a runscoring single in the 2nd inning...
...Right: Raydley Legito scores on Schoop's single in the 2nd inning; Standing at right is catcher Dashenko Ricardo...

...Roelie Henrique also tries to score on Schoop's single, but is tagged out by catcher Dashenko Ricardo...
...Following the play are HP Umpire Winfried Berkvens and Raydley Legito...

...Left: Dashenko Ricardo leads off the 2nd inning for Neptunus with a single...
...Right: Pirates 3B Mick Vos tries to catch a foul pop-fly...

...Left: Pirates Head Coach Michael Duursma argues with Umpire Niek Elshof regarding a balk-call in the 2nd inning...
...Right: Roger Bernadina at 2nd base after two runners have scored on his single in the 2nd inning...

...Dudley Leonora leads off the 3rd inning for Neptunus with a triple, while 3B Mick Vos gets the ball...
...At left, Neptunus Head Coach Ronald Jaarsma and HP Umpire Winfried Berkvens closely follows the action...

...2B Dwayne Kemp catches a ball in the 4th inning (left) and Mick Vos returns to 1st base,...
...but an error follows that enables Kenny Berkenbosch to score the tying run...

...Left: Bench Coach Jan Collins has a talk with pitcher Diegomar Markwell and catcher Dashenko Ricardo after...
...Pirates had tied the score in the 4th inning...
...Right: Moments later, Sharlon Schoop puts Pirates ahead for the second time with a sacrifice fly...

...Left: Winfired Berkvens was the Home Plate Umpire tonight...
...Right: Christian Diaz at 2nd base in the 4th inning, moments before scoring the tying run...
...Standing behind him is short stop Sharlon Schoop, in front is 2B Umpire Niek Elshof...

...Left: Pirates-leftfielder Roelie Henrique closed the 4th inning with a catch in front of the scoreboard...
...Right: 3B Mick Vos sees Christian Diaz arrive with his first triple in the 6th inning, he then scores the go-ahead run...

...Left: KNBSB-treasurer Remko de Bie and chairman Mark Herbold were amongst the spectators...
...Right: Robyn Clara pitched in relief for Amsterdam Pirates...

...In the 7th inning, centerfielder Gilmer Lampe goes after the ball in right/centerfield,...
...but Christian Diaz hits his second triple, which puts Neptunus ahead, 6-4...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Curaçao Neptunus - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 6-5
L&D Amsterdam Pirates020200001-5121
Curaçao Neptunus12010110X-6114
pitchers Amsterdam Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Juan Carlos Sulbaran, L (1-1)5.163954

Robyn Clara1.231211

Mike Groen11----

pitchers Neptunusinn.SOBBHRER
Diegomar Markwell, W (1-1)813104-

Aaron de Groot- (*)-1111

Kevin Kelly, SV (1)11-1--

(*) - De Groot pitched to two batters in the ninth inning

Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Richard Wessel,
2B-Niek Elshof, 3B-Martijn Bosschaart.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Huub Nelissen.
Technical Commissioner-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Public Address Announcer-Hélène van Eijk-Kloos.
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-3:00 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam.

Game Notes:
Game 5, best-of-seven Holland Series 2021.
Neptunus leads, 3-2.
Mick Vos plays in his first Holland Series-game.
Weather conditions at game time:
Cloudy, 14° C (57,2° F); wind direction southwest; wind speed 18 kmh (11,2 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 85%.

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