Just like last year the Italian Baseball Series has one of the two clubs clearly in control of things after the first two games of the series. The differences this year is that it’s Rimini in front this time around instead of it being San Marino, and it’s a 2-0 series lead in a best of 5 and not 7 (2012 was a best of 7). When the series continues on Friday in Rimini, the Pirates will be just one win away from their first title since 2006, and their 12th overall national championship.
T&A San Marino finds themselves down two games to none and their backs to the wall in this year’s best of five Italian Baseball Series after loosing the first two games of the series, and on their home diamond. Two losses, in two tightly contested contents, one ending in extras, and the other when Rimini was able to put up 7 runs over the last three innings on Saturday evening. In Friday night’s extra inning affair Rimini outlasted San Marino, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 11th off of Cubilan, who was on for his 4th inning of relief. Buccheri’s one out RBI single prompted a pitching change by San Marino’s manager, Binidi, who brought in Chris Cooper for Cubilan with runners on the corners. Cooper was then promptly greeted by a two RBI double on a 1 ball 2 strike count off the bat of Zileri, which brought the game to its 4-1 final score. The lefty, Marquez, picked up the win for the Pirates with 5.2 innings of shutout ball out of the pen.
Down 1-0 going into the second game of the series San Marino had to like their chances with Da Silva on the bump. However a subpar performance by the usually dominant righty saw him surrender a total of 7 runs in 6.1 innings of work. A 4-pitch walk to Zileri to start off the ball game, followed up by three consecutive singles and an RBI groundout, put the score at 3-0 after 1. San Marino made a comeback in the 4th, down 4-0 at the time, when they scored 4 of their own off of Corradini, chasing him from the contest. The score then remained tied till the 7th, at which time Rimini’s bats came alive for 7 runs between the 7th through 9th, to San Marino’s 3. Coming out with the win was Sandy Patrone, while Tommaso Cherubini picked up the save. On a side note, San Marino left an alarming 14 runners on the base paths on the evening, stranding multiple runners on four separate occasions.
The series will now shift down to Rimini for game three which is set to get underway at 21.00 cet on Friday evening. An ‘if necessary’ game 4 would be played on Saturday in Rimini, while if San Marino is able to push Rimini all the way to game 5 in Rimini, it would be played on Sunday at 20.00 cet.