Posted on 24 April 2013.
The Italian Baseball League finished up Week 3 this past weekend as Unipol Bologna took a two game set from Telemarket Rimini. Two of the match ups were canceled due to bad weather, but the rest of the action was heated. Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto swept Novara while Nettuno and San Marino split their series.
Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 4, Novara Baseball 3
Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 11, Novara Baseball 1 (8)
Alessandro Ularetti pitched eight strong innings giving up just three runs (two earned) for Grosseto but didn’t factor into the decision. Grosseto needed a run in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the win in Game 1. Moreno Funzione picked up the win pitching the ninth inning.
Antonio Giovannini came up with a big hit in the bottom of the ninth inning driving in the winning run with a single.
Angel Calero pitched five shutout innings for Novara giving way to relief in the sixth. Franklin Torres pitched the final 3.2 innings giving up four runs (one earned) taking the loss.
The defense let Novara down in Game 1 giving up four errors, but it was the wild pitching that let them down in Game 2.
The Novara pitching staff gave up nine walks, hit five batters, and uncorked two wild pitches leading to eleven runs in a lopsided loss to Grosseto. Starter Mario Di Taddeo took the loss lasting only 1.1 innings giving up four runs (three earned) without giving up a hit. He did walk four and hit two.
On the other side of the field, Grosseto starter Angel Marquez picked up the win tossing six innings allowing just one run on three hits while striking out eight.
Nettuno 4, T&A San Marino 1
Nettuno 1, T&A San Marino 7
Andrea Pizziconi picked up the win in Game 1 for Neptunno tossing five innings giving up just one run on five hits. Antonio Romero pitched two innings to earn the save. He struck out five and didn’t allow a hit.
Jim Magrane pitched well for San Marino going six innings allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits but took the loss.
Vinicio Sparagna had a good game at the plate going 3-for-3 with a RBI for Nettuno.
T&A San Marino used a five-run seventh inning to take Game 2 behind three home runs.
Jairo Ramos had a great day at the plate going 2-for-5 including a grand slam home run in the fifth inning. Wuillians Vasquez (1-for-4) and Joseph Mazzuca (2-for-5) both homered as well for San Marino.
Tiago Da Silva pitched eight great innings to earn the win. Da Silva gave up one run on three hits while striking out nine. Leonardo D’Amico picked up the save pitching the ninth inning.
Riccardo De Santis took the loss tossing just 6.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits.
Telemarket Rimini 3, Unipol Bologna 11
Telemarket Rimini 1, Unipol Bologna 5
Unipol Bologna pounded Rimini pitching for 12 hits in Game 1. Juan Carlos Infante went 3-for-5 scoring three runs, stole a base, and hit a two-run home run. Luca Bischeri added another three RBI going 2-for-3 on the day.
Victor Moreno picked up the win for Bologna pitching 5.2 innings giving up three runs on four hits striking out seven along the way. Raul Rivero pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn the save.
Andrew Baldwin took the loss for Rimini giving up three runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings. The Rimini pitching staff struggled with control throughout the game walking nine and hitting one batter.
Alexander Romero (2-for-3) homered in the loss for Rimini.
Unipol Bologna came back with another victory in Game 2 behind a solid start from Matteo D’Angelo who went 4.2 innings allowing just one unearned run. Junior Oberto picked up the win in relief tossing 1.1 innings striking out two and not allowing a hit. Carlos Richetti picked up the save with two hitless innings of relief.
Roberto Corradini took the loss for Rimini tossing 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits.
Alessandro Vaglio (2-for-4) driving in three runs while Infante added another pair of hits in the game.
Italian Baseball League Standings:
1. Unipol Bologna 6-0
2. Parma Baseball 3-1
3. Telemarket Rimini 4-2
4. T&A San Marino 4-2
5. Nettuno 3-3
6. Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 3-3
7. Palfinger Reggio Emilia 1-3
8. Godo Knights 1-3
9. New Black Panthers 1-3
10. Novara Baseball 0-6