Zurich Lions vs Eagles
NLB Game day: Luzern Eagles vs Zurich Lions
Last Saturday the Zurich Lions received Luzern Eagles for a double header at Heerenschürli Ballpark.
With a perfect cool weather for baseball (25 °C and partially cloudy), the umpire-in-chief Juan Francisco Robles made the call of “play ball”.
In the first inning, Eagles took advantage of the lack of pitching control from Lions. One walk and two hit-by-pitches allowed Eagles to score two runs by fielder’s choice with two grounded outs.
Lions responded in the second inning with back-to-back hits from Benjamin Kessler and Carlos Reyes and aggressive baserunning to score two runs and tied the game.
Nelson Stevens, Lions’ starting pitcher, gained control of his pitches, and allowed only one more run to complete a great start of 4 innings (4.0 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO).
Lions took the lead at the bottom of the 4th inning. They scored three runs, starting with two hits by Emmanuel Mirabal and Nelson Stevens and Hit-by-pitch to Markus Streicher. Ramon Rosario grounded out to second and brought Mirabal to home plate. With two outs, Luis Hanel Novas Gil singled to center and Nelson and Markus scored the 4th and 5th runs for Lions.
On the 5th inning, Rafael Sanchez came as reliever for Lions. He allowed only one run in three innings (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO) and recorded his first saved game of the season. Lions won 4-5.
The second game was the third KO victory for Lions in this season. This time, the Lions scored 23 runs to knock-out Eagles in 4 innings. Anthony Ventura led the team by having a good start (4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO) and wining his 3rd game this season. Ventura also contributed at bat. He went 3-3 with 2 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB. Luis Hanel Novas led Lions’ offense with 3 hits and 4 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB. Mario Dreiding, Carlos Reyes and Benjamin Kessler also combined 10 more RBIs to complete the KO for the Lions.
The second game was spiced up by the passing of the PC-7 team – an aerobatics team of the Swiss Air Force. The 9 Pilatus PC-7 trainers flew over Heerenschürli Ballpark in a perfect nine ship formation.