With game 3 of the Italian Baseball Series set for Friday evening in Rimini, both Catanoso and Bindi explain their point of view about the series thus far. Game three could turn out to be the decisive contest in this best of five finals series, as it will be Friday evenings home team, Rimini, taking the field in hopes of conquering their 12th national championship, and first since 2006.
Chris Catanoso finds his ball club, Rimini, up two games to none in the Italian Baseball Series against T&A San Marino; a result that could have been easily changed by one swing of the bat in either game. “No one really thought that we would be able to take both games in San Marino, maybe a split but not two. After taking game one in extras, we found ourselves on the better end of a slugfest in game two, a game that we thought would be another pitchers dual with Da Silva (San Marino) and Corridini (Rimini) on the bump.” What was the difference in your club’s two to nothing series lead? “Without a doubt the fact that we played as a collective unit. One through nine in the lineup did their jobs with good tough AB’s, and solid defense, and our pitchers were fantastic at keep the meat of San Marino’s lineup quite in both games.” What about your young right hander, Cherubini, and his game two ‘big time’ save? “I’m very pleased about the way that this kid has progressed this year. He’s come up big for us on a number of occasions in big time situations as well. Part of his progression this year is the fact that he has worked well with both with our catcher, Bertagnon, and pitching coach, Illuminati.” If there was any disappointment this weekend, it had to be Corradini’s short outing on Saturday evening, what’s your take on this? “Well against a lineup like San Marino’s if a pitcher is not on the top of his game, short outings tend to occur. Corradini threw too many strikes in his 3.1 innings of work, if he was able to fit in a few more strategic balls I think he would have lasted much longer and been much more effective.” Chiarini had a nice game two after being shut down in game one. “Ya, he had a rough 0 for 5 game on Friday against Magrane and Cubilan, but he bounced back real nice on Saturday with 2 hits, 1 run, and 3 RBI’s. I’m looking for him to have a big hand in the remainder of this series, he’s a figure that has the possibility to changes games.” One win away from the championship, what are you telling your guys? “Win the game one pitch at a time, because that third win is always the hardest one to get. We have guys on this club that are no strangers to winning: Romero and Castro in Venezuala; Bertagnon, Zileri and Corradini with Parma, Chiarini with Rimini and the Italian National team. Experience like this all grouped together on one team, wins championships.”
Doriano Bindi, manager of T&A San Marino, finds himself and his club on the opposite end of the spectrum. Down 0-2 in the best of five Italian Baseball Series, San Marino now finds themselves with their backs to the wall once again this season. Just a couple of weeks ago this very same club was in risk of not making the playoffs after a going through an up and down regular season, but winners of 3 of their last 4, which included a two game sweep of Rimini, they were able to reach the postseason, and eventually the finals. “Unfortunately the situation is what it is, down two games to none in a best of five is a spot that we didn’t want to find ourselves in, but we’ve been here before and we know what we have to do. We’re going to need to get more production out of the heart of our lineup. Last weekend the 3,4, and 5 hitters combined for a disappointing 2 for 27, stranding too many runners on the sacks.” Are you at all concerned about Tiago Da Silva? “Well let’s just say that his outing was a very unfortunate one.” Do you think you left him in one batter too many? “’Mah’, when you have your ace on the bump, you tend to give him the benefit of the doubt in tough situations. That plus the fact that our pen has been a little shaky as of late.” Backs to the wall, what’s your team’s approach going to be this weekend? “We’ve had our backs to the wall all season long, we believe that we still have a chance and that’s how were going to take the field on Friday night.” Avagnina and Reginato? “Avagnina suffered a muscular injury, and will be reevaluated before the game on Friday. Reginato was just bruised up after getting hit by a pitch, this wont keep him out.”
Game 3 scheduled for 21:00 CET on Friday in Rimini.