CARDINALS BRING TITLE BACK TO BERN WITH 7-3 GAME FIVE WIN!16.10.2010
In what has to go down as one of the best finals series in Swiss baseball history, the Bern Cardinals overcame a 2-0 deficit after the first inning to capture the clubs sixth championship, and fifth in the past six years. Tobias Imboden went the distance, recording the biggest win in his brief pitching career. After a shakey first inning, Imboden allowed only one more run the rest of the way, working in and out of trouble along the way.
With the score at 2-0, the Cards cut into the deficit with a bases loaded walk with one out. The Flyers starting pitcher Hide Oshima prevented further damage though as he induced an inning ending 1-2-3 double play from Bern slugger Johnny Perigos. The Cards managed to tie the game at 2-2 with another manufactured run in the fourth inning.
The fifth saw the Cardinals take their first lead of the game thanks to Seth Suplin's fifth finals homerun. In the seventh inning, the Cards caught a break on a misplayed fielders choice, giving the visitors an extra out that they would use effectively. The next hitter, John Baum hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI ground rule double, giving his team a 4-2 lead. The next batter, Perigos followed with a double of his own scoring two and extending the lead to 6-2.
Both teams would exchange runs leaving the score at 7-3 in the ninth.
Imboden would give up a lead off hit before retiring the next two batters putting Bern within one out of the title. A walk to the number two hitter would bring the power hitting J.B. Tucker to the plate with a chance to cut into the deficit. But as had been the story of the game, Imboden induced a 5-3 ground out to end the game and bring the title back to Bern!
The Cardinals NLA would like to thank everyone for their support through the season, and in particular this very difficult and hard fought finals series! You were awesome! CARDS IN '11!