Bologna appeared to be cruising to an easy win in Friday’s series opener, answering Padua’s two-run first with 11 unanswered runs over the next seven frames. After a single run in the eighth, the Tommasin batsmen finally got going against Italian national team member Luca Panerati in the ninth, plating six runs on eight hits. In came a member of this year’s Italian World Baseball Classic staff, Filippo Crepaldi, who cut short the comeback with three straight outs.
Yunior Novoa was shelled for nine runs on 11 hits and four walks in five frames, and Roberto Canache tossed the final three frames for Padua. Raul Rivero earned the win with five solid frames, whiffing six.
Teahen was 1-for-5, driving in a run and striking out once, but former Royal was upstaged once more by Carlos Perdomo, who was a double short of the cycle, driving in three.
In Saturday’s series final, Bologna put six on the board in the fourth, cruising to a 9-1 win behind Pizziconi, who was wildly effective as he allowed only one hit in five frames and struck out five, working around six walks. He dropped his season ERA to 0.70. Diego Fabiani was the starter and loser for Padua.
Teahen, who started at first base, but moved to third where he spent Friday’s game, drew three walks to pad his league-leading total to 16. The former major leaguer was 0-for-1, though, dropping his season average to .194/.306/.453. His .758 OPS is third on a Padua team that is hitting only .218 with a .548 OPS. Perdomo leads the club in most categories.
The losses dropped the team to 4-8 in Italian Baseball League play, while the UnipolSai squad held onto its lead atop the standings, improving to 10-2. Padua will have a tall task climbing into the middle of the IBL pack as they take on second place T&A San Marino (9-3).