Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 3

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Today, Kinheim was the home team in its own Pim Mulier Stadium in this Haarlem get-together. Kinheim had the lead for the biggest part of the game but in the final inning, its pitching collapsed and surrendered two runs to hand DSS the 3-2 win.

In the sixth innings, after five scoreless innings, DSS pushed for some runs as it loaded the bases with only one out. A walk, a double to right field by Brian Raap and an intentional walk, put a runner on every bag for DSS. But Al Morales pitched out of the jam as he retired Devano Pieter on a flyout to right field and Finn Blokker grounded into a forceout at second base for the final out of the inning.

It wasn’t the first time that DSS loaded the bases. In the top of the first inning, it also put runners on all bags but in this case with two outs. And also in this case, Al Morales got out of the jam without any damage when he retired Brian Raap on a foul out to right field.

In the bottom of that first inning, Kinheim took an early lead when Jeldwin Orman singled to left center field and drove in Thomas Bos from third base.

In the bottom of the sixth, Kinheim had an opportunity to put some runs on the board as well as it had runners on the corners with two outs. But they could not cash in as Wesley van Hemert struck out swinging.

The fact that neither team didn’t get past second base between the first inning and the sixth, proved that the pitching of both teams was in control.

In the eighth inning, DSS pushed once more and came close to scoring a run when Koen Werkman hit towards third base from where Aldi Guzman ran home and was tagged out on a 5-2 play. With runners at second, this was a sign for manager Mike Crouwel to replace Al Morales with Glenn Wassink. Next to this move, Crouwel made some defensive changes as he moved René Cremer from left field to third base, Nick Hofer from right field to left field and replaced third baseman Bram Blokker with Chiel Berkhout, who was moved to right field. Wassink wasn’t able to keep DSS from scoring as he served up a pitch to Devano Pieter that ended up for a double to right field and drove in Brian Raap and almost drove in Koen Werkman but the latter was tagged out at home plate on a 9-2 play.

But with two outs, Kinheim regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. With runners on the corners, Wesley van Hemert singled up the middle and drove in Jeldwin Orman for the 2-1 lead. But DSS would bounce back as it scored twice in the top of the ninth when Koen Halderman singled up the middle.

Juan Carlos Sulbaran took the mound for DSS in the bottom of the ninth and retired the side for the save. Robyn Clara earned the win after pitching in the eighth in which he allowed one run on three hits.

Average wise, Donny Kuijper was the best hitter as he went 1 for 1. The most runs were driven in by Koen Halderman (2) as he went 2 for 4.

Thanks to this win, DSS has taken a 2-1 lead and needs one more win to stay in the Dutch hoofdklasse. Tomorrow, the fourth game will be played at DSS.

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