Another close game, another win for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. With tonight’s win, the club has made an important step in this year’s Holland Series. But of course, it ain’t over yet as Pirates still has to win two more games.
Where manager Jaarsma of Curaçao Neptunus used four different pitchers, manager Duursma of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, didn’t have to go to his bullpen as Juan-Carlos Sulbaran pitched a complete game in which he just stayed within a hundred pitches.
Neptunus opened the score in the first inning when, with runners on first and second, Dudley Leonora singled to left field to drive in Roger Bernadina. Neptunus had chances to expand the score in the sixth inning but with less than two outs, the team had to deal with a superb Juan-Carlos Sulbaran, who retired the next two batters to get out of the inning.
Pirates also had its chances to get on the board in the first two innings. In the first, with Gilmer Lampe at third, Kalian Sams hit into a force out at second to end the inning. In the second frame, Pirates even had a much bigger chance. With no outs and the bases loaded, Raydley Legito hit into a 1-2-3 double play, followed by a fly out by Roelie Henrique.
But eventually, in the third inning, Pirates tied the game when Gilmer Lampe hit a leadoff home run off Diegomar Markwell. Three innings later, Pirates took the lead when Kenny Berkenbosch hit into a force out at second on which Denzel Richardson could score from third base. The final score was reached in the seventh, when Raydley Legito got on base and advanced to second base thanks to a throwing error by the shortstop. A sac bunt by Roelie Henrique allowed Legito to advance to third, from where he scored on Gilmer Lampe’s single through the left side.
As written before, Juan-Carlos Sulbaran pitched a complete game for the win. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk and struck out eight. Kevin Bakker, who replaced Diegomar Markwell after just 2.2 innings, took the loss. In 2.1 innings, he gave up one run on two hits and struck out one.