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ZURICH CHALLENGERS (2-0) VS. BERN CARDINALS (0-4)

26.04.2010
Das NLA Team der Cardinals gewinnt die ersten Spiele der Saison 2010 gegen die Zürich Challengers mit 9-8 und 17-9 auf dem wunderschönen Baseballfeld Herrenschürli... Am Sonntag gewinnt das NLB Team der Cardinals die ersten Saisonspiele nach dem Aufstieg in die NLB mit 11-6 und 8-7 ebenfalls gegen die Challengers NLB... After beginning the season 0-4, the worst start in recent memory, the  
Cardinals responded with two huge wins against the Zurich Challengers.  
GAME ONE was a matchup of young Swiss arms, as Thomas  
Burger(Challengers), faced off against Tobias Imboden. After a  
scoreless first inning, the Challengers responded with two runs in the  
second thanks to a one out triple from Jesus Martinez. The Challengers  
handed those runs, plus two right back to the Cards in the bottom  
half. After loading the bases, a two-out, three run throwing error  
from playing/coach Brian Hipps, followed by another error from Ueli  
von Burg giving the home team a 4-2 lead. Unfortunately the Cards'  
defense was next to break down in the top of the third inning, when  
three errors, two from Samuel Paulino gave all four runs back to the  
C's, along with a 6-4 advantage. Both pitchers, and both defenses  
would settle in nicely, not allowing another run until the Challengers  
added to their lead with two runs in the seventh as another big error  
helped add to the damage of three hits. But as what had happened all  
game long the Cards had an answer as they fought to score five times  
in the bottom of the seventh as six hits, and another costly error  
gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish. Imboden finished  
strong, allowing no more runs to score, preserving a 9-8 win!

GAME TWO saw Jan Langhammer start on the hill for the Cardinals. The  
little lefty looked to be the wrong choice after being lit up by a  
leadoff triple from von Burg, and back to back doubles from Hipps and  
Jesus Martinez gave the Challengers a quick 3-0 lead. The Cards once  
again had an answer, scoring two times on two hits, RBI singles from  
Angelo Rodriguez and Seth Suplin; and two walks. Langhammer and  
Challenger starting pitcher, Tobias Siegrist then exchanged zeros in  
the second. Langhammer found himself back in trouble in the third, but  
a bases loaded line drive double play started by Tinu Gygax getting  
him out of trouble. After surrendering the one run in the third, again  
the Cards would score directly following their opponent, this time  
three runs on two hits and two errors doing the damage. Another four  
runs in the fourth stretched the Cards lead to 9-4, highlighted by a  
three-run inside the park homerun from Suplin. But the dagger was  
placed when a seven run fifth inning,(making the score 16-5), ended  
any hopes of a Challenger comeback, securing the sweep and putting the  
Cardinals squarely in the playoff race again.

The Cards offense finally got going this weekend, pounding out 27  
hits, and scoring a total of 26 runs. This is a good sign for a team  
with high expectations on the offensive side of the ball. Johnny  
Perigos 4-9; 2 2B. Seth Suplin 5-6; HR; 4 RBI. Miro Bussmann 3-8; 5  
RBI. The offensive explosion, along with the return of playing/coach  
John Baum should get the ball rolling for the Swiss power. They play  
next back in Zurich 08.05.10 against the Barracudas.