Unipol Bologna has defended its European Champions Cup title after defeating Telemarket Rimini 2-1 in Game 2 of the best-of-three series. It is their second title in a row and third in the past four years.
Unipol Bologna 2, Telemarket Rimini 1
Both starters pitched great for their respective teams. Bologna starter Matteo D’Angelo tossed 7.1 innings allowing just one run. He gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out four. However, he didn’t factor into the decision.
Rimini got a run in the bottom of the first inning and held that lead until the ninth inning. After a walk and a double play, Rimini got a small rally going when Maro Chiarini (0-for-2/2 BBs) walked to put a runner on. Alexander Romero (1-for-3) then worked the count into his favor before getting a pitch he could handle doubling in Chiarini to put Rimini on top 1-0.
That is where the scored stood for the next seven innings. Then Bologna struck back in the top of the ninth.
Juan Carlos Infante (2-for-4) led off the inning and worked the count full when he tied the game up with a solo home run to right field. That would be all for Rimini starter Bazardo.
Yorman Bazardo pitched great for Rimini tossing eight innings allowing just a single run. He gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out six but couldn’t hold onto the one run lead he was staked with early on.
After Bazardo was relieved by Carlos Pezzullo, Bologna kept the heat on. Pezzullo got two quick outs and then allowed a single to Rosario Reyes(1-for-4). After a second straight single from Claudio Liverziani (1-for-4), Pezzullo was pulled in favor of Roberto Corradini.
It looked like Corradini might close it out and send the game to extra innings when he started off Luca Bischeri (2-for-4) with an 0-2 count. But it wasn’t to be as Bischeri singled in the go-ahead run scoring Reyes from third.
Nicholas Pugliese came on for Bologna in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game and finish off their title defense.
Pezzullo took the loss for Rimini after pitching just 0.2 innings. Junior Oberto picked up the win for Bologna finishing off the eighth inning tossing 0.2 innings.
Juan Carlos Infante was named the MVP.
Photo FIBS/Simone Amaduzzi