Palfinger Reggio Emilia will be headed into Bologna for a two game series that will be played out on Thursday and Friday evening. Both teams are coming off of series splits less then a week ago, with Reggio splitting up north against Ronchi dei Legionari and Unipol Bologna going one and one against Parma in a two game home-away series. These two clubs will be facing off against one another for the second time this season, while in the first encounter it was Bologna who came out on top twice, 3-2 and 10-0. A lot has changed since then, in fact surprisingly the hotter club at the moment seems to be Reggio Emilia as they have taken 7 of their last 8 games, finally climbing above the .500 mark in the standings. As for Bologna, a team that won their first 12 games of the season will be coming into this weekend 5 and 5 over their last 10 games, playing below their expectations. It’s easy to say that this weekend Bologna will be in search of a series sweep in order to maintain their distance on a climbing Nettuno club and keep pace with Rimini, a team that is currently two up in the standings.
Nanni’s club will be coming into this one led by their very strong veteran crew, Vaglio, Liverziani, Infante,Bischeri, and Ermini, all proven Italian Baseball league ballplayers.. As for the mound, Bologna has is stacked with 11 quality arms of which include Raul Rivero and his 0.88 ERA and D’Angelo who is currently supporting a 1.65 earned runs against average. One doubtful however will somewhat cut into that pitching depth, as Richetti will most likely sit this series out with back problems. In his place look for Pugliese to step up, as his name will be on the roster card for the first time since the European Champions Cup earlier on this summer.
Over the weekend Palfinger will still be missing a couple of pieces to their puzzle, beginning with Davide Murari – center fielder, still out with a fractured right hand. In his place Macaluso will slide from right to center, and it will once again be Simone Quintavalle patrolling right. On the bump look for Bertolini and Acosta to get the nod, with everyone else available out of the pen.
Game one set for 20.30 in Bologna on Thursday evening while game two will be at the same time and same place on Friday.