2021 European Championship: Italy Wins Bronze

A bronze medal game that was worthy to be a final game. Good pitching, good defense, and two teams that kept each other in check for most of the game.

2021 European Championship Groups drawn | Dutch Baseball Hangout

Spain  0  –  2  Italy
ESP flagEven though both teams had their opportunities to open the score, neither team did cross home plate until the seventh inning. 

In the top of the seventh inning, Spain was very close to open the score when Leomartires Rodriguez hit toward first base and Gabriel Lino dashed home. But thanks to a perfect throw by the Italian first baseman Vito Friscia, Lino was tagged out at home plate. 

On its turn, Italy used the opportunities it got to open the score in the seventh inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Alessandro Deotto drew a walk that allowed Vito Friscia to score the opening run. Still with the bases loaded and two outs, Alberto Mineo scored on a wild pitch. ITA flag

In the final two innings, Spain was kept on a leash by Matteo Bocchi in the eighth and Alex Bassani in the ninth. 

Bocchi earned the win. In two innings in relief, he gave up three hits. Jorge Balboa took the loss. In 0.2 inning, he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk and struck out one. Alex Bassani earned the save after a perfect ninth in which he struck out two. 

Erick Epifano was the best Italian hitter as he went 2 for 4. 

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