After a tough series against Novara, Mark Teahen struck back against Rimini in a big way, ripping two doubles and drawing a walk, but Padua’s comeback fell short and Rimini claimed a 6-5 victory.
Rimini jumped to an early 5-0 lead after three frames, but Tommasin Padova struck for four in the sixth. Teahen’s huge day was vital in Padua’s surge, but his efforts were hamstrung by an 0-for-9 day by the No. 1 and 2 hitters, Luca Martone and Lucas Montalbetti.
A single run in the ninth against IBL legend Ricardo Hernandez tied the game up, but Roberto Canache, who had been stellar in relief of Yunior Novoa, was plagued with wildness and gave up a two-out hit as Rimini walked off.
Teahen, Giuseppe Sciacca, and Filippo Pacini all had a brace of hits, while Teahen was the only batter with an extra base hit. The former Royals’ star raised his season line to .235/.381/.412 with the effort, though he struck out for the fourth time in 17 at bats. Federico Celli and Carlos Duran had two hits for Rimini, who claimed its first win of the season (1-4). Tomassin will aim for its second victory in today’s 19:30 GMT game.