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EC Barcelona: Pitchers’ Duels Galore on Day One

EC Barcelona: Pitchers’ Duels Galore on Day One

The European Cup kicked off today in both Barcelona, Spain and Regensburg, Germany. Twelve teams are competing to earn one of the births in the European Champions Cup finals later in the year.

In Barcelona, the six teams competing are:

Paderborn Untouchables (GER)
Telemarket Rimini (ITA)
CB Barcelona (ESP)
Draci Brno (CZE)
Corendon Kinheim (NED)

Day 1 Recap:

Draci Brno 1, Rouen Huskies 0

A pitcher’s duel broke out in the first game in Barcelona as both starters pitched great.

Draci Brno starter Martin Schneider tossed 6.1 scoreless innings allowing just four hits while striking out seven. The two relievers that followed Schneider didn’t allow a hit over the last three innings. Karl Martin Malecek picked up the win allowing only a single walk in 1.2 innings of relief. Radim Chroust picked up the save pitching the final inning.

Rouen starter Owen Ozanich pitched a complete game but took the loss. Over nine innings, Ozanich gave up just a single unearned run on six hits while striking out eleven.

The only run of the game came in the top of the ninth inning as Draci Brno got a two out rally going to plate the only run of the game. After two quick outs, Micahal Ondracek (1-for-3) singled to get the rally going. After a failed pick off attempt, Michael Bren (1-for-4) singled down the right field line moving Ondracek to third base. Then, just when it looked like Ozanich had pitched out of the jam, Zachary Samuels pinch-hit and reached on an error allowing Ondracek to score from third.

Corendon Kinheim 0, Telemarket Rimini 1 (11)

The second game in Barcelona was just as good as the first. Again a pitchers duel, both starters went at least eight innings of scoreless ball.

David Bergman tossed nine shutout innings for Corendon allowing just eight hits. Yorman Bazardo started for Rimini and went eight shutout innings allowing just a single hit while striking out eleven. With the game going extra innings, neither factored into the decision.

Corendon Kinheim couldn’t score a bit in the top of the 10th inning and needed Dirk Van Klooster to throw out James Buccheri at the plate to push the game into the eleventh inning.

Again Corendon went hitless and couldn’t score in the top of the eleventh. Telemarket Rimini would make the most of it in the bottom of the inning. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Alexander Romero (2-for-5) came up with the walk-off single driving in Riccardo Babini (2-for-4).

CB Barcelona 4, Paderborn Untouchables 2

Barcelona got a great start out of Ricardo Hernandez to pick up the win in their first game of the tournament. Hernandez pitched seven innings allowing just one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out six in picking up the win. Andres Gimeno came in to pitch the final two innings to earn the save.

Leading 1-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Barcelona got the bats going. It all started with a Pau Sancho (2-for-5) one-out double. He quickly scored the tying run when Jesus Golindano (2-for-3) singled him home. After another out and an Angel Angulo (2-for-4) single, Oscar Roman (2-for-4) came through with a big two-out triple.

Paderborn came back with a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth, but it was too little too late. Eugen Heilmann pitched okay for Paderborn but took the loss going all nine innings allowing four runs (three earned) on ten hits.

Jendrick Speer was the only Untouchables hitter with more than a single hit going 2-for-4. He also stole two bases.

EC Barcelona Schedule:

Wednesday June 5th
10:30 Rouen Huskies vs Corendon Kinheim
15:00 Paderborn Untouchables vs Draci Brno
19:30 Telemarket Rimini vs CB Barcelona

Thursday June 6th
10:30 Paderborn Untouchables vs Corendon Kinheim
15:00 Telemarket Rimini vs Rouen Huskies
19:30 Draci Brno vs CB Barcelona

Friday June 7th
10:30 Draci Brno vs Telemarket Rimini
15:00 Paderborn Untouchables vs Rouen Huskies
19:30 CB Barcelona vs Corendon Kinheim

Saturday June 8th
10:30 Telemarket Rimini  vs Paderborn Untouchables
15:00 Corendon Kinheim vs Draci Brno
19:30 Rouen Huskies vs CB Barcelona

Sunday June 9th
12:00 Championship Game

EC Barcelona Standings:

1. CB Barcelona 1-0
1. Draci Brno 1-0
1. Telemarket Rimini 1-0
4. Corendon Kinheim 0-1
4. Rouen Huskies 0-1
4. Paderborn Untouchables 0-1

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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