Tommasin Padova lost a rollercoaster in the Friday series opener to T&A San Marino, 8-6, before dropping a 5-2 decision a day later. Though he was only 2-for-9 over the weekend, Mark Teahen drove home both runs in Saturday’s game, but it was not enough against San Marino’s stellar pitching.
In Game One, the two sides traded three-run seconds, but Paduans had to play catch-up the rest of the way, finally tying the contest at four in the seventh. The visitors, ranked second in the Italian Baseball League, plated two in the eighth and were answered with a single run in the bottom of the frame, but Padua’s reliever Roberto Canache was victimised by dreadful defence and surrendered another pair of runs in the ninth.
Despite a rally in its last at bat, Tommasin fell two runs short and former big leaguer Jose Ascanio earned the win for San Marino.
While the Paduans had six hits and five walks, plus a season-high four stolen bases, it struck out 14 times and committed five errors. Starting pitcher Yunior Novoa and Teahen both had a pair, with the former Royal’s miscues particularly devastating in T&A’s late rallies.
Lucas Montalbetti provided most of the offence for the home side, walking twice, pilfering two stolen bases, and stroking a two-run single. Teahen collected a one-base hit and swiped his first base of the season, but struck out twice to go with his defensive miscues. Though he started out the season as a first baseman, Teahen has transitioned to third and had, thus far, played flawless defence.
Carlos Quevedo struck out nine in five innings for San Marino, while Yoimer Camacho also saw action in a game in which all three visiting hurlers saw time in the U.S. minor leagues. Ascanio earned the victory with three Ks in 2 1/3 frames, though he gave up a run on two hits and a walk.
Novoa whiffed six in 6 2/3, but San Marino mustered eight hits and four free passes which combined with Novoa’s errors for four runs, three earned. Canache was the hard luck loser, sending four down on strikes in 2 1/3, but giving up four unearned runs.
In the nightcap, Padua jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first with Teahen collecting the RBI. That would be all against Junior Oberto, who whiffed seven in five innings and only allowed four hits. Diego Fabiani was solid for the Tommasin club, but took the loss as San Marino capitalised on his spotty control. His line saw him walking four and surrendering three hits, which led to two runs, both in the fourth.
The Paduans could do nothing against Frailyn Florian and Tommaso Cherubini, and dropped to 4-10 on the campaign, only two games out of the cellar. Filippo Pacini and Luca Martone had a pair of hits for the losing side, while Teahen was 1-for-4 with a stolen base. He went down swinging for the tenth time in 61 plate appearance this year, though he still leads the IBL with 14 walks. Teahen is hitting .200/.419/.289 on the campaign.
San Marino (11-3) drew level with IBL leaders UnipolSai Bologna after the latter were pipped by Rimini. T&A improved to 4-0 against Padua this year, while Tommasin’s team will travel to Rimini for a Thursday and Friday matchup. Padua matches up against a side that defeated them twice by single runs earlier this season. Both games start at 19:30 GMT.