European Championship 2010, Day 9, July 31:
Germany – Sweden 8-0
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Germany has won the first bronze medal at the European Championship since Barcelona 1975 after defeating Sweden 8-0 on Saturday in Stuttgart. Tim Henkenjohann with only two days rest and Martin Dewald combined to allow eight hits and four walks, but kept Sweden from scoring to lead Germany to the shutout.
Henkenjohann struck out four in three-plus frames. Dewald replaced him with two on and nobody out in the fourth, but got out of the jam, when he picked off Magnus Pilegård at second and struck out Peter Johannessen and Rickard Leander. Afterwards he finished the game with six strikeouts.
Germany took the lead thanks to RBI singles by Cedric Bassel and Simon Guehring in the second and third. Four runs in the sixth and two in the seventh blew things wide open. Jendrick Speer drove in three and scored twice. Bassel reached base four times, scored twice and drove in two.
Leander (L 0-1), who hadn’t pitched that much this year, was charged with five hits, four runs (1 ER) and three bb in five-plus solid innings. At the end head coach Dennis Cook got ejected after arguing a balk call. Additionally the benches cleared, when Tony Dermendziev and Ludwig Glaser collided. German pinch runner Philipp Howard broke a finger after a head first slide at second.
Photo: © Gregor Eisenhuth, www.eisenhuth-photographie.de