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Unipol Bologna Dominates First Game of 2013 European Champions Cup

Unipol Bologna Dominates First Game of 2013 European Champions Cup

The 2013 European Champions Cup began Thursday night in Bologna, Italy. The two Italian powers Unipol Bologna and Telemarket Rimini are battling it out for the title. A year ago Bologna defeated Nettuno for the title and are looking to repeat.

They got off to a good start too.

Telemarket Rimini 0, Unipol Bologna 10 (7)

Box Score

Raul Rivero tossed seven shutout innings giving up just one hit. He walked two and struck out nine to earn the win for Bologna. As he dominated on the hill, the Bologna bats were doing the same at the plate.

Bologna got off to a quick start scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. They loaded the bases with no outs in the first and then got two runs. The first came on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error. The second run came off a Luca Bischeri (1-for-2) RBI single.

Unipol Bologna tacked on another run in the second inning on a Juan Carlos Infante (1-for-2/3 BBs) solo home run. They got another run in the fourth on another solo home run. This time it was Marco Sabbatani (1-for-2) who went deep.

The scored remained at 4-0 until the bottom of the seventh inning when Bologna exploded for six runs to end the game in the seventh due to the run-rule. But they scored six runs without getting a single hit.

The Rimini pitching staff imploded during the inning. Two different pitchers in the inning combined to walk seven batters and hit two others. Five of the six runs that were scored, scored on either a bases loaded walk or a bases loaded hit-by-pitch. The other came on a sacrifice fly.

In total, Rimini walked 12 batters and hit three others. It was a total meltdown after Enorbel Marquez-Ramirez left the game after four innings. He took the loss giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits.

The series moves to Rimini Friday and Saturday if necessary.

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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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