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Germany closed out the final round at the European Championship 2014 in Brno with a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic. Since they didn’t win by six runs difference, Germany had to settle for fifth, while the Czech Republic claims fourth and France ends up in sixth.
A strong start by Jan-Niclas Stoecklin laid the groundwork. The right-hander of the Mainz Athletics mixed his fastball with a mean slider to strike out nine batters in seven innings. He allowed just two runs on four hits.
He worked with run support from the beginning, as Max Boldt gave Germany a 1-0 lead in the first with a RBI groundout, plating Shawn Larry. In the fourth they added three more runs on a sac fly by Moritz Buttgereit and a pair of RBI singles by Boldt and Ludwig Glaser.
A solo home run by Jakub Malik, who sent a flyball to the top of the wall in left field, from where the ball jumped back onto the field, got the Czech Republic on the board in the fifth. In the sixth Jakub Hajtmar had a RBI single to bring the host within two runs.
However Germany didn’t allow anything afterwards and even added an insurance run on back-to-back hits by Boldt and Glaser in the sixth. They combined for six hits and four RBI, as Germany left 11 men on base overall.
Marek Cervenka issued seven hits, four runs and three walks in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss. Petr Minarik and Daniel Mraz followed him on the mound. Markus Solbach relieved Stoeklin in the eighth and closed it out for Germany.
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