Just like the previous two games, this one was a close affair as well. Proof that both teams are pretty much evenly matched. Both starting pitchers pitched a complete game but Kevin Kelly, who made a spot start, pitched a gem.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 0 – 2 Curaçao Neptunus
Trailing by two games to none, it was time for Curaçao Neptunus to do something back. In the previous two games the team was kept on a leash by the pitchers of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, but this time it would be the other way around.
Neptunus manager Ronald Jaarsma opted for Kevin Kelly to make a spot start. Kelly is a reliever, who enters the game in the late innings, normally. So the question was how deep he could go. Well, he went all the way and pitched a gem. In nine innings, Kelly allowed only one hit, walked four and struck out nine.
His opponent, Shairon Martis, didn’t pitch a bad game but gave up ten hits and most of all, he allowed Neptunus to score two runs, of which one unearned, in the first inning.
Stijn van der Meer (you know, the guy who was too old for the Dutch national team at the age of 28) led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a throwing error by the shortstop. A single by Roger Bernadina moved Van der Meer over to third base. A wild pitch by Shairon Martis allowed Van der Meer to score the opening run. Roger Bernadina, who had advanced to third on the wild pitch, scored on a 6-3 groundout hit by Dudley Leonora.
Despite allowing ten hits, Shairon Martis kept Neptunus from scoring in the remainder of the game, partially thanks to his defense, that turned a couple of double plays. Add the one-hitter by Kevin Kelly and you had a nice pitching matchup today.
No surprise that Kevin Kelly earned the win.
With two hits out of three at-bats, Dashenko Ricardo was the best hitter for Curaçao Neptunus.