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T&A San Marino still alive

T&A San Marino came out victorious in game three of the 2013 Italian Baseball Series in Rimini on Friday evening. The final in this one was an exciting and tension filled 4-2 win for the visiting T&A club. The victory now means that they have successfully extended this best of five finals series to a game four, which will be another elimination game where they will be sending their ace to the bump, Tiago Da Silva. An early one run lead off of Magrane after four innings of play put a little damper in San Marino’s step. The game turned around for T&A in a huge four run sixth which gave them the outright lead and eventual win; an inning which featured the veteran left handed bat of Ramos take one of the best pitchers in the Italian Baseball League, Marquez, over the left field fence for an opposite field three run homer. Rimini did tack on one more in the bottom of the 8th, but as the scoreboard shows, it was too little too late.

Friday evening’s game in Rimini featured Jim Magrane for San Marino up against Yorman Bazardo for Rimini, two proven men that are no strangers to rising to the occasion. The game got off to a quiet start as expected with both starters strolling threw the first 3 frames with no runs crossing the plate. That would all change however in the bottom of the fourth with one out when Romero took the first pitch he saw in his second AB off of Magrane over the centerfield fence, putting the Pirates up 1-0 at the time. On the other side of the diamond, Bazardo cruised through the fifth keeping his one run lead, setting down San Marino’s lineup in order, 1-2-3, but he then hit a rough patch in the 6th.  A leadoff single by Pataleoni and a walk to Vasquez prompted a pitching change by Rimimi’s manager, Catanoso. Replacing Bazardo on the hill was Marquez, one of the leagues best and most reliable left handed arms. Marquez’s first challenge of the game looked as if it was going to be a favorable one for him. It was a lefty-lefty matchup with the batter being Jairo Ramos. On a one ball no strike count one swing of the bat would then change the outcome of the game. A homer off the bat of Ramos that sailed over the leftfield fence, an ‘oppo shot’ that brought home three runs, which completely shifted the game’s momentum over to San Marino’s side of the field. San Marino was able to tack on one more in the inning to make it a 4 to 1 lead when Mazzuca singled home Duran with two outs in the inning.

In the bottom of the 8th Rimini was able to make the game when the normally very reliable Cubilan struggled for his second finals outing in a row. A leadoff double by Bertagnon that was followed up by a single by Buccheri, and back to back walks to Santora and Romero all added up to a run crossing the plate. This being an elimination game for Bindi’s ballclub (San Marino’s manager), he went straight to his lefty, Cooper, out of the pen to relieve a struggling Cubilan with only one out in the inning. Cooper then succeeded in striking out Castro for the second out and getting Chiarini to line out to left for out number three, stranding the three runners he inherited on the sacs. Cooper then followed up his 9th inning by taking down Gomez, Spinelli and Bertagnon in that order.

Game four of the Italian Baseball Series is now a certainty, and it will be taking place this evening in Rimini with a start time of 21:00 CET. The two expected starters are Da Silva for San Marion, and Corridini for Rimini.

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