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Cards continue post Euro Qualifier slump...split vs. Barracudas

John Baum 15.07.2009
The Bern Cardinals managed a split at home against the Zurich Barracudas, winning game one 3-2, and losing the second game 7-2.

In game one, Chris Beyeler finished what he started in a complete game victory, striking out nine hitters while allowing only five hits. Offensively the Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, consecutive singles from Alex Cruz Tifa and John Baum getting the Cards on the board. After the tough first, 'Cudas pitcher Beni Montag would settle down, allowing only one more run to score in eight innings of great pitching. The 'Cudas did manage to take the lead from the home team in the seventh inning, as Nderim Coma hit a two-run homer over the centerfield fence for a 2-1 lead. The Cardinals responded in the bottom of the eighth, tying the game at two on a Johnny Perigos RBI double that scored Cruz Tifa. After leaving the Barracudas scoreless in the top of the ninth, the leadoff hitter in the bottom half, Tobias Imboden, crushed a ball to center that looked to be a ground rule double, but the umpire in the field ruled it a homerun, ending the game in dramatic walk-off style! The Cardinals began game two with their worst inning defensively of the season, surrendering 6 unearned runs thanks to two errors and three hits. Tobias Imboden was the hard luck loser in the game, but also didn't help himself with a bad decision on a fielders choice. After a hit HBP to the number two hitter, Brent Nichols, an error on the first baseman on a routine throw to first base gave the 'Cudas runners on first and third. The next batter hit a ground ball back to Imboden, who instead of turning to second for the double play, or even taking the second out at first, decided to go after Nichols at third base, and he ended up safe. The next hitter lifted a perfectly place fly ball down the left field line, scoring the first two runs of the game. The damage wasn't
done yet, as the following hitter, Andres Montero belted a two-run double over the right fielders head to give his team a 4-0. Beni Montag and Chico Colindres would add run scoring singles, finishing the top of the firsts scoring, sending eleven hitters to the plate. The Cardinals looked like they may have some life left after this though, as lead off hitter Samuel Paulino connected on a homerun in the bottom of inning one. This would be the Cards only baserunner until a Johnny Perigos single in the fourth inning. Meanwhile John Baum took over for Imboden on the hill, trying to keep his team within striking distance, which he did, but to no avail, as the Cards could manage only one more run with two outs in the last inning. The score finishing at 7-2 for a 'Cuda win.

The split drops the Cards record to 17-4....the 'Cudas hang onto slim hope for playoffs at 9-11!