2011 IBL Champion - San Marino
2009 IBL Champion - Bologna
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009
Rimini stays on top as week 2 restores competitive balanceWeek 2 of the Italian Baseball League season tightened up the standings after the season opened with a number of sweeps, but Rimini remained on top and continues to appear to be the strongest team in the league after missing the playoffs in recent years.
Rimini dropped their first game of the season against Parma to open the series, in a close foreigner game decided in the 8th and 9th innings as each team's relievers struggled. Rimini rebounded to take the next two games in the series and stay on top, and slugger Rios continued with his power display to emerge as an early favorite for the leagues top player.
Nettuno dropped two games to Bologna, and the loss of Richetti emerged as a potentially major issue for the preseason favorite as Giovanni Carrera struggled, and after a series opening win, Nettuno was dominated in the final two games of the series. Bologna showed some life and a strong and balanced team, despite losing some key players from last season's first place finishing team.
San Marino was shocked twice by Godo. After dominating the foreigner game when Godo's only foreign pitcher was scratched with an injury, the defending champions wasted a strong performance from Da Silva with an 8th inning bullpen melt down, and then dropped game 3 as well as the Italian pitching rotation appeared to be the team's weak spot as it was throughout their 2008 championship run.
Grosseto rebounded from their tough opening week behind strong pitching to keep Reggio Emilia without a win this year. Juan Figeroa was brilliant in handing Abe Alvarez his second straight 1-0 loss, and the Reggio offense was unable to put together anything all weekend, scoring only twice. Reggio has been very competitive in each of their six losses, and if the ball starts bouncing their way could be much more dangerous than their current record indicates.
Week 3 should provide even more clarity for the season, as the top two teams meet in a historical rematch between Rimini and Nettuno, while the bottom two teams Godo and Reggio Emilia meet with the loser being in a tough position. San Marino and Bolonga square off and Grosseto hosts Parma in a week that could see significant movement in the standings.
Posted At 07:04 AMby Michael
Labels: IBL Regular Season
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