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Italy: Telemarket Rimini Takes 2-0 Lead in 2013 Italian Baseball Series

Italy: Telemarket Rimini Takes 2-0 Lead in 2013 Italian Baseball Series

The Italian Baseball Series has begun as Telemarket Rimini is taking on T&A San Marino in a rematch from the 2012 championship series.

Last year, T&A San Marino won its second straight title after defeating Rimini 4-games-to-2 after winning the first three games of the series. This year Rimini looks to change things, and so far they have.

Telemarket Rimini dropped the first game of the 2012 Italian Baseball Series to T&A San Marino 8-5 after scoring five runs in the 9th inning to score a huge comeback. This year Rimini held on in the 9th in a 1-1 game to send it to extra innings before pulling it out in the 11th inning.

Both starters pitched very well in Game 1. Yorman Bazardo tossed 5.1 innings allowing just one run on three hits for Rimini. He didn’t factor into the decision and neither did San Marino starter Jim Magrane. Magrane went seven innings allowing one run on five hits.

With the game tied at one in the 11th inning, Adolfo Gomez (1-for-5) singled to get the inning started for Rimini. After a sacrifice bunt, Riccardo Bertagnon (2-for-4) walked to put a pair of runners on. James Buccheri (1-for-5) then broke the tie with a RBI single, but Rimini wasn’t done yet.

San Marino then made a pitching change to try and stop the bleeding. Christopher Cooper came on in relief but didn’t offer much. The first batter he faced, Leonardo Zileri (3-for-6), doubled bringing in two more runs to give Rimini a 4-1 lead. Cooper would eventually shut down the Rimini rally, but it was too little too late.

Enorbel Marquez picked up the win in relief tossing 5.2 scoreless innings. He gave up just three hits to give Rimini a 1-0 lead in the series.

Game 2 was a back-and-forth affair. Rimini took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. They would get one more to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but in the bottom half of the inning San Marino would tie it up with four runs of their own.

Rimini would come back in the seventh with three more runs to take a 7-4 lead. They would never see that lead go away the rest of the way as they scored four in the top of the 9th to put it out of reach.

Mattia Reginato homered in the loss for San Marino going 2-for-4. Francesco Imperiali had a nice day at the plate for San Marino as well going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Mario Chiarini (2-for-5) and Ramon Castro (2-for-4) both drove in three runs for Rimini in the win.

With the win, Rimini takes a 2-0 lead in the series as it heads back to Rimini.

Photo: FIBS/Ezio Ratti

2013 Italian Baseball Series Scores:

Friday September 13
Telmarket Rinini 4, T&A San Marino 1 (11)

Saturday September 14
Telemarket Rimini 11, T&A San Marino 7

Friday September 20
T&A San Marino at Telemarket Rimini

*Saturday September 21
T&A San Marino at Telemarket Rimini

*Sunday September 22
T&A San Marino at Telemarket Rimini

*If necessary

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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