Rimini is flying high after successfully going in to San Marino and taking the first two games of the 2013 Italian Baseball Series. Game two turned out to be the complete opposite of Friday evening’s pitchers dual. In Saturday’s game 2 it was safe to say that the offensives stole the show. It was a late inning push by the bats of Rimini that was difference in a game that saw 2 plus runs being scored in 5 half innings of play. The game got really close to tipping in favor of San Marino in the 8th, however a running grab by Zileri in center ended the frame for T&A, stranding three runners on the bags. On the evening San Marino had their fair share of chances, but stranded a total of 14 runners on the sacs. All this topped off by an uncharacteristic Tiago Da Silva (6.1 innings pitched, 11 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks 4 strikeouts) accounted for yet another contest dropped in this IBL Finals series on their home field, and the 2-0 deficit to get this best of 5 series started.
This one got off to an unexpected start, a beginning to the game that watched Da Silva walk Zileri on 4 straight pitches to lead off the game. The base on balls wasn’t the end of the story in the first by all means, 3 consecutive singles by Santora, Romero and Castro, and an RBI groundout by Gomez put Rimini up 3-0 by the end of frame. In the bottom half of the first San Marino had their chance to strike back with a couple of their own, however Corradini was able to get around two back-to-back singles by Avagnina (left the game with and injury, replaced by Bittar on the bags) and Pantaleoni to start the frame, stranding two runners on the sacs by innings end.
Rimini picked up another run in the top of the 4th when Gomez scored on an RBI single to center by Zileri. In the bottom of that same inning San Marino’s offensive was finally able to put up some runs off Corradini. A leadoff walk to Duran, single by Reginato, double by Mazzuca, and another single by Imperiali brought home T&A’s first two runs. The third run in the inning scored on a sac fly off the bat of Albanese, which ended up ending the righty, Corradini’s day. Replacing him on the bump was Pezzullo, who walked Pantaleoni, got Vasquez out swinging, but then hit Ramos with the bases loaded and two outs, allowing the fourth and tying run to cross home plate.
Rimini regained the lead in the 7th, ending Tiago Da Silva’s outing after he had surrendered his 5th, 6th, and 7th runs of the ball game, all earned. The final two blows that knocked Da Silva from the game was a two RBI triple by Castro, and an RBI double by Chiarini. Replacing Tiago on the hill was La Fera, who was able to end the inning getting Gomez out on strikes and Spinelli to ground out to the shortstop, Santora.
San Marino came back with two of their own with in the bottom of the 7th, to bring the score back to within one. The two runs crossed the plate with two outs in the inning, the first one on a solo shot to center field off the bat of Reginato, and the second on an RBI single by Imperiali that brought home Mazzuca from second. The inning ended two batters later when Cherubini, who came on for Patrone after two runs had crossed, got Bittar to strikeout and strand two runners on the sacs. In the 8th, T&A had their chances once again, but once again they came up short when they left another three runners on the base paths, but coming to within inches of turning the tables in the game. However, a spectacular running grab in center by Zileri with the bases loaded and two outs may have just saved the game for the Pirates.
In the top of the 9th, Rimini tacked on an impressive 4 insurance runs off of Seth La Fera, who imploded after hitting Romero with one out. The scoring started off with a 2 RBI triple to center field by Chiarini, brining home both Castro and Romero. Spinelli then drove in Chiarini on a double, which ended La Fera’s day. Before the frame was up Bertagnon tacked on one more run for Rimini thanks to a single to right off of Martignoni that drove in Spinelli from second. In the bottom of the inning San Marino was able to come up with one run, but in the end fell by the final of 11 to 7. The series will continue this upcoming Friday evening in Rimini at 21.00 cet. A win by the home team and its all over, as now San Marino will have to fight for the playoff lives in order push a game 4 and 5 in hopes of repeating their 2012 championship.