The show-stealing matchup of the third weekend of play in Italian baseball turned out to be in Senago—a commune near Milan, population of only 21,000—where the visiting Torino Grizzlies pulled off consecutive 2-1 victories, holding off a rally by the hosts in the bottom of the ninth in Game 1 and the latter half of the tenth in the nightcap on the Saturday. Elsewhere, six clubs remained undefeated, including Grosseto, which held off long-time rivals Nettuno at home.
In the opener of the Torino (Turin) – Senago matchup, Anthony Arcila hurled 6.2 scoreless frames for the tourists against Senago’s Bryan Sheldon, who punched out seven in six frames, but gave up two runs. Both clubs, however, could have turned the tide against each other’s bullpen, but Davide Monticelli was aces for the hosts, firing three scoreless frames, while Marco Pascoli survived a scare in the ninth. In his third inning as well, Arcila’s replacement hit the first batter before inducing a double play, but Senago struck back with a single and a run-scoring double from Giuseppe Betti. Pascoli then sent the final batter down swinging.
A few minutes later, Stefano Grassi toed the rubber for the home side, staying on the bump for 4.2 shutout innings, accumulating six Ks. José Rodríguez was just as good for the Grizzlies, though, tossing seven scoreless with nine strikeouts. Once more, both clubs relied on long efforts out of the ‘pen, with Giovanni Bortolomai holding down the fort for five full frames for Senago and Edoardo Zingarelli chipping in three for Torino.
Incredibly, neither club had pushed across a runner through nine turns at bat, but with the international tiebreaker in place, Maurizio de Maria laced a two-bagger to give the Grizzlies the game’s first run, and Matteo Oldano added an RBI-single to knock Bortolomai out of the game. A dramatic K-O ended the tenth, and a run-scoring safety by Matteo Armigliati with only one out appeared to give Senago a chance at a split, but Zingarelli induced a double play to end the game and preserve the sweep.
San Marino continued its unchecked run through Italian baseball, as the principality’s club posted 38 runs in only 12 innings at Torre Pedrera. The victors compiled 34 hits, 12 for extra bases, and 19 walks. Erick Epifano was 5-for-5 with a double and a triple in the nightcap, scoring four times and knocking in four after a three-run, three-RBI opener. Gabriel Lino homered in Game 1 and went 4-for-4 in the rubber match. Seven pitchers combined to strike out 19 and walk one in 12 frames, allowing only an unearned run.
Grosseto’s pitchers combined for a pair of shutouts at Athletics Bologna, with a Niccolò Cinelli double proving the difference in the 1-0 opener. Mattia Sireus (W, 1-1; 6IP, 2H, 1BB, 6K) and Marco Artitzu (SV, 1; 3IP, 0H, 0BB, 5K) were superb. Kendry Flores (W, 1-1) surrendered two hits and did not walk a batter in six innings to start Game 2, whiffing seven.
Ricardo Bertossi doubled and walked in both ends of Fortitudo Bologna’s doubleheader to Metalco Dragons, scoring three times and driving in five. The leadoff hitter and leftfielder was 3-for-7 as the Unipolsai men collected 24 hits and five pitchers combined to allow only six, whiffing 21 in 16 innings. Veteran Raúl Rivero (1-0) struck out seven in six frames in the nightcap, with only two baserunners allowed, both on singles.
Parma posted identical 12-2, seven-inning thumpings of Brescia. In 64 at bats, the hosts ripped an impressive 11 extra-base hits and totalled 30 safeties, adding a further 12 walks in posting a collective line of .469/.550/.688. Riccardo Flisi had a two-bagger and a single in both games, crossing home three times and driving in four. In Game Two, Carlos Contreras tossed three perfect innings to start, sending half a dozen batters back to the dugout with the bat on their shoulder. A total of 19 Brescia batters met that fate during the twinbill.
The Meriggi brothers propelled Godo to a pair of easy wins against visiting Torre Pedrera. Batting back-to-back in the four- and five-spots, Giacomo delivered a 3-for-4 performance in the opener, doubling, and driving home four. Davide walked three times, once with the bases loaded. In the second game, Giacomo ripped a double and a base knock, walked twice, knocked in three, and scored a pair of runs. Davide drove home five, thanks to a triple and a single. Eddy García (3-0) was exceptional once more, as the Serie A strikeout leader punched out 10 in five scoreless frames in Game Two, permitting only a single. The right-hander has struck out 35 in only 16.2 frames in 2022.
Other top performances included a weekend-high 14 strikeouts for Ronchi dei Legionari’s Héctor Rodríguez in a 14-1 victory over Padova, avenging a 3-2 loss for the Black Panthers in the opener. Aliángel López (2-0) whiffed 12 in half as many frames in Macerata’s win in the nightcap at Academy of Nettuno. Two unearned runs came home off only two hits and a free pass. Macerata collected 29 Ks in 16 innings in the two-game sweep. Yoel Suárez did all he could in Settimo’s Game One loss to ascendant Oltretorrente. The right-hander threw seven shutout frames and recorded 11 strikeouts, with two hits and a walk the only blemishes against him.
Apr. 16: Torino 2 – Senago 1
Apr. 16: Cagliari 14 – Poviglio 2 (7)
Apr. 16: Oltretorrente 1 – Settimo 16 (6)
Apr. 16: Cagliari 5 – Poviglio 3
Apr. 16: Brescia 2 – Parma 12 (7)
Apr. 16: Torino 2 – Senago 1 (10)
Apr. 16: Oltretorrente 7 – Settimo 4
Apr. 16: Brescia 2 – Parma 12 (7)
Apr. 16: Rovigo 15 – Verona 11
Apr. 16: Padova 3 – Black Panthers 2
Apr. 16: Metalco 1 – Bologna 11 (8)
Apr. 16: Cervignano 3 – Collecchio 9
Apr. 16: Rovigo 10 – Verona 4
Apr. 16: Metalco 0 – Bologna 10 (8)
Apr. 16: Padova 1 – Black Panthers 14 (7)
Apr. 16: Cervignano 0 – Collecchio 10 (7)
Apr. 16: San Marino 18 – Sala Bag. 0 (6)
Apr. 16: Longbridge 9 – Rimini 12
Apr. 16: San Marino 20 – Sala Bag. 1 (6)
Apr. 16: Crocetta 2 – Modena 4
Apr. 16: Torre Pedrera 3 – Godo 13 (7)
Apr. 16: Torre Pedrera 0 – Godo 15 (6)
Apr. 16: Longbridge 11 – Rimini 8
Apr. 16: Crocetta 3 – Modena 4
Apr. 16: Grosseto 1952 1 – Athletics 0
Apr. 16: Nettuno 4 – Grosseto 6
Apr. 16: Macerata 12 – Academy 4
Apr. 16: Grosseto 1952 8 – Athletics 0
Apr. 16: Macerata 7 – Academy 2
Apr. 16: Nettuno 2 – Grosseto 3
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