2021 Holland Series: L&D Amsterdam Pirates is Clutching at Straws With Clear Victory

In a must win game, it looked like Curaçao Neptunus would walk away with the win as the team from Rotterdam took a 2-0 and a 3-1 lead. But L&D Amsterdam Pirates’ big fifth inning turned the tables. As a result, it will all come down the rubber game tomorrow.

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Curaçao Neptunus  5  –  11  L&D Amsterdam Pirates
NEP flagLike last week, Gio de Graauw wasn’t able to keep Curaçao Neptunus in check. In 4.1 innings, the youngster allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. As a result, Neptunus took an early lead and appeared to walk away with the win. But De Graauw’s opponent, Kaj Timmermans posted similar numbers in the same number of innings and eventually was the omen of a big inning for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. 

Trailing 3-1 after 5.5 innings, Mick Vos cut the two-run lead in half on a wild pitch. Then, with the bases loaded, Denzel Richardson was clutch as he doubled to right field and drove in Roelie Henrique and Glimer Lampe to hand Pirates the lead and moved Sharlon Schoop to third. A single by Kalian Sams and an error in center field allowed Pirates to extend its lead by two runs. Sams scored himself when Sicnarf Loopstok singled up the middle. 

After Sharlon Schoop led off with a single of Kevin Bakker in the bottom of the seventh, Bakker was replaced by Misja Harcksen. The first pitch he served up was hit for a two-run home run by Denzel Richardson. One inning later, Pirates would score twice again on a single by Sharlon Schoop after Neptunus had scored a run in the top of that inning. 

Despite giving up a run on two hits and two walks in 1.1 inning, Robyn Clara earned the win. 
Kevin Bakker took the loss. In 1.2 innings, he allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits. Mike Groen earned the save after 3.1 innings in which he allowed one run on six hits. 
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With four hits out of five at-bats, Sharlon Schoop was clearly the best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. He drove in two runs and scored twice himself. 

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