Posted on 30 June 2009.
NETHERLANDS – Corendon Kinheim continued their climb back towards the top of the Dutch Major League with a two games to one series triumph against league front-runner DOOR Neptunus this past weekend. With the pair of victories, Kinheim moved within 3 1/2 games of the top spot.
Kinheim (21-12) opened the three-game set on Thursday with a 2-1 win to snap DOOR Neptunus’ 15-game winning streak. Bryan Engelhardt swatted his fifth home run of the season and American shortstop Josh Renick added three hits for the Haarlem club. Raily Legito drilled a solo shot for Neptunus.
Former Dutch League Pitcher of the Year David Bergman (6-4) scattered a run and six hits over eight innings to get the win, while closer Michiel van Kampen registered the final three outs to notch the save.
Southpaw Diegomar Markwell (7-2), who pitched for seven years in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system, was tagged with the loss despite allowing just two runs and seven hits in eight solid frames.
Neptunus (24-8-1) used a three-run second and then survived a late rally by Kinheim to even the series with a 4-2 win on Saturday.
Ex-big leaguer Eugène Kingsale – who played in the majors with four teams – drove in a pair of runs, and Legito and Matt McGraw each had an RBI apiece to help Kevin Heijstek (8-3) pick up the win.
Berry van Driel earned the save despite allowing one run and two hits in only one inning of work, while Patrick Beljaards (6-1) was pinned with his first setback of the year.
In the series finale on Sunday, Neptunus Australian starter Dushan Ruzic retired the first 18 batters he faced before surrendering three runs in the seventh in a stunning 3-1 loss to Kinheim.
Neptunus strung together a trio of singles in the third to go on top, 1-0. Andy Leer reached on a one-out hit off Kinheim starter Duko Jansen, and scampered to third an out later on Benjamin Dille’s single. Legito followed with an RBI base hit to break the scoreless deadlock.
Meanwhile, the 6’8″ Ruzic was chasing history with six perfect innings on the hill before a forgettable seventh frame ruined the historic hunt.
Kimheim leadoff man Danny Rombley opened the inning with a double, and scored moments later when Renick drilled a run-scoring single. Ruzic sat down Dirk van ‘t Klooster on a flyout before Engelhardt slugged his sixth long ball of the year to make the score 3-1.
Jansen (6-2) allowed one run and struck out six in eight solid innings to pick up the win, and van Kampen worked the ninth to register his second save of the weekend.
Ruzic (5-2) was the tough-luck loser despite a splendid three-hit outing that featured seven 1-2-3 innings.
L&D AMSTERDAM SPLITS WITH KONICA MINOLTA
The Pirates outhit Konica Minolta 14-7 in the series opener on Thursday at Amsterdam but had to settle for a 4-4 tie after 11 innings. In the Dutch League, no new inning can begin after 11:00 PM.
Maikel Benner and Zaïr Koeiman each had three hits apiece for the home team, while Jos de Jong pitched the final seven innings allowing two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts.
Pioniers’ reliever Jan Rehacek also pitched well with three perfect innings to end the game.
Konica Minolta scored two late runs to capture a 2-1 victory in the second game on Saturday afternoon to grab the series lead.
Two of the league’s top pitchers, Adam Blackley and Ryan Murphy, traded goose eggs until the sixth. Wesley Connor singled off Murphy to start the frame and scored later on an error to give Amsterdam a 1-0 lead.
The Pioniers knotted the score in the eighth off the Australian southpaw, and chased Blackley with another score an inning later to claim the comeback win.
The Pirates salvaged a series split with a 1-0 win in the rubber match on Sunday in a low-scoring affair at Hoofddorp.
Amsterdam scored the lone run of the game in the seventh when Kenny Berkenbosch crossed the plate on a RBI single by Zaïr Koeiman.
Frank van Heijst limited the Pioniers to four hits in seven scoreless frames to get the win. Raban Schalm worked a 1-2-3 eighth and closer Pim Walsma retired the side in order in the ninth to register the save.
ADO SURPRISES MEDIAMONKS
Jurrian Koks scattered four hits over nine innings and Koen Meershoek had three hits to help ADO slip past MediaMonks RCH 3-1 in 10 innings on Saturday at Heemstede.
The MediaMonks went ahead 1-0 in the second on Giovanni Valmont’s RBI double. The score remained unchanged until the ninth when ADO tagged RCH closer Dave Draijer for the tying run, and plated a pair of runs in extra innings to seal the victory.
Koks allowed one run in a solid outing to get the win while McQueary earned the save.
RCH starter Chris Mowday was dealt the loss despite pitching 7 2/3 shutout innings.
René Verbrugge and Shurty Tremus went a combined 6-for-8 with a pair of triples and three RBIs to lead ADO to a 6-3 victory against MediaMonks RCH last Sunday at The Hague.
ADO starter Ludwin Obispo, who fanned seven, took a shutout into the ninth before running out of gas. British reliever Aeden McQueary recorded the final three outs to notch the save.
SPARTA/FEYENOORD REMAINS IN PLAYOFF HUNT
Gregory Gustina threw eight strong innings and Eugene Henson delivered a key two-run hit as Sparta/Feyenord beat Mr. Cocker 3-1 Friday night at Rotterdam.
Leadoff man Nick Eppinga doubled and tripled, and Percy Isenia added two hits for the home side.
Sytze Visbeen and Adrian Anthony had two hits apiece for HCAW.
Randy Daal’s three-run bomb in the seventh broke a 1-1 deadlock and Mr. Cocker HCAW edged Sparta/Feyenoord 4-3 Saturday at Bussum.
Eldrion Regina put the visitors ahead 1-0 in the third with an RBI single, but HCAW pulled even in the sixth on Michael Pluijmers’ run-scoring hit. Daal tagged Tim Roodenburg with the game-winning homer the following inning.
Sparta/Feyenoord closed the gap to 4-3 in the eighth on a pinch-hit, two-run double by Leon of reliever Rutger Zwaal.
Herman Gaarman tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball and six different players collected two hits as Sparta/Feyenoord routed Mr. Cocker 10-0 on Sunday to capture the three-game series, two games to one.
The Rotterdam club rocked HCAW starter Joey Eijpe for five runs in the second and added two more runs in the third en route to the easy win. Leadoff hitter Dimitri Leon drove in three runs while the bottom half of the order combined to go 8-for-15 with six runs scored.
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