Italy picked up a huge win over Spain on Thursday afternoon in Brno, Czech Republic at the second round of the 2014 European Championship. The final in the tightly contest match was 6 to 4, with Venditte picking up the win out of the pen for Italy in a game that was started by Carlos Richetti who lasted 5.2 before handing the ball off to the pen, a pen that was not able to hold onto his 4 to 1 lead, a lead that was cut into big time on a 2 run long ball off the bat of Paco Figueroa with D’Amico on the bump, his first and only batter of the game. In the 8th Avagnina came up huge off the bench for the Italians, driving in what would be the winning run of the game. In the 9th Da Silva came on for the save, pitching what was a perfect 9th with two K’s.
Team Italy got the scoring started in the bottom of the 2nd when Chiarini drove in Liddi from second on a single to left. Liddi was on second thanks to a single and a throwing error by Spain’s shortstop, Angulo. In the bottom of the next inning Italy was able to cross another two runs off of 3 hits and a walk. Picking up the RBI’s in the inning were Vaglio on a single to left and Sambucci on a single to right off of Spain’s Antonio Noguera. Italy tacked on their 4th run of the game in the 5th on a sac fly off the bat of Liddi to put the score at 4-nill after 5.
In the 6th Italy’s starter, Carlos Richetti, ran into a little road bump when Tavarez led off the frame with a single who later advanced to third on a steal and an error, allowing hit to cross on a infield groundout off the bat of Martinez that went 4-3 in the box. With two outs in the inning Richetti allowed a single that ended his day with the score sitting at 4 to 1. In relief it was D’Amico who lasted just one batter, gave up a 2 run homer to left to close Spain’s gap to just one run on the scoreboard. In the 7th Spain was able to tie the game up at 4-all off of Patrick Venditte thanks to a single up the middle off the bat of Tavarez, scoring Ochoa from second.
In the 8th with Ermini due up at the plate, Manager Mazzieri went to his bench for his left-handed bat, Avagnina who successfully ripped an RBI two-bagger down the right field line for the 5-4 lead, scoring Mineo from 1st. Avagnina then came around to score on a single to right by Desimoni, which put the score at 6-4.
In the 9th Da Silva came on for what would be a perfect 1-2-3 9th inning of work for the save. Da Silva got both Golindano and Ustariz to go down on strikes, and induced Ochoa to ground out to second to end the game.
Game 2 of the second round for the Italians will take place this evening at 7:00 pm local time. Getting the start for the Italians looks to be Fraylin Florian.