Mark Teahen was walked or plunked every time he stepped to the plate in the second game of Padua’s series with Rimini, but a late comeback once more fell short against the host IBL club, and Tommassin Padova lost 10-9.
Rimini opened with a four-run first before Padua put up three in the top of the third. Each club tacked on a run its next time at bat, but Rimini broke the game wide open with a pair of runs in the fifth and three more an inning later.
The game looked to be out of reach with a 10-4 lead and José Escalona on the mound, but once Luca di Raffaele came in for the eighth, Padua mounted a huge comeback for the second straight game, plating five in the inning.
Though Simone Bazzarini held Rimini scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, Padua could not muster a game-tying run in the ninth, and the final went to Rimini, 10-9. The hosts came into the series winless, but improved to 2-4, while Padua dropped to 1-5. The box score can be found here.
Teahen scored twice and even drove in a run when Rimini offered him four balls with the sacks jammed, reaching base all five times to raise his on-base percentage to .500 for the season. Earlier in the day, Teahen doubled twice and walked in an earlier comeback bid.The ex-Royal is hitting .235 with eight walks, five runs, and two RBI, slugging .412 through six games.
The game featured 14 walks, six hit batters, 18 hits, and 21 strikeouts in a wild affair. Padua knocked out Italian national team starter Carlos Richetti in the third, but its starter Diego Fabiani also departed in the inning. Escalona, one of five Team Italy players on Rimini, earned the win, while Fabiani took the loss.
Tommasin Padova will take on Novara again next weekend and will look for revenge after a split in last weekend’s series. Friday and Saturday night games are scheduled to start at 19:30 GMT and we will have a wrapup of both games afterward.