Tonight the Rimini Pirates will be taking their home field in hopes of closing out the 2013 Italian Baseball Series with a sweep in front of their hometown fans. While on the other side of the diamond, being down two games to none in this best of five series, T&A San Marino finds themselves with their backs to the wall, but not in a completely impossible position. In the playoff era of the top level of the Italian Baseball League (since 1986) the final series has only be been played as a best of 5 on three different occasions, 1991,1992, and 1993. In 1991 Parma claimed the title with a 3 game sweep over Verona. In 1992 it was Rimini over Bologna in 3 games. However if San Marino is to look at the history books, it will be important for them to take a look at the 1993 finals when Nettuno took down Rimini 3 games to 2, exactly what they will have to do if they want to defend their 2012 title.
The Rimini Pirates will without a doubt be a full strength with the leagues best offense and mound on the field with a 2-0 series lead when they take the field under the light tonight at home. “The series is far from over, in fact till that last out is recorded I plan to play all my cards” Chris Catanoso (Rimini). Bazardo will be getting the call tonight for the Pirates with the lefty Marquez ready out of the pen. Last week the two combined for a masterpiece in a 4-1 extra inning victory. “If the series is to go to game 4, then I’ll have Corradini ready to go on a full week of rest, and as for a game five, I’m not thinking that far ahead at the moment”. Catanoso.
It has been an up and down season for T&A San Marino in 2013. Injuries and have backed this club in to a corner on more then one occasion, and it just so happens that they have their backs to the wall once again. T&A finds themselves down 2-0 in this finals and now their going to have to do without their leadoff hitter and leftfielder, Avagnina, as he suffered a torn leg muscle last Saturday ending his season with a week to go. With Avagnina out, San Marino’s manager, Bindi will be utilizing Vasquez in left, Albanese behind the dish, Reginato in right, and the double play combo of Bittar and Imperiali. Tonight’s starter will be the American, Jim Magrane, as he looks to give his club an outing similar to his 7 inning, 1 run performance last week in game one of the series. “I’m handing the ball to Magrane to start the contest, however seeing as this is a do or die game for us, I expect everyone to be ready out of the pen”, Bindi.
The game will get underway this evening in Rimini with a start time of 21:00 CET. The action can be followed live in Italy on the Rai Sport Website, and on play-by-play by following the proper links on FIBS.it.