The Bonn Capitals built a steady lead in their game against Parma eking out a 5-4 victory after Parma’s bats came alive in the late innings.
Bonn wasted no time hopping on the board pushing one across in the 1st. Eric Brenk started things off for the Caps with a single through the left side. Vinny Ahrens singled to left center and Brenk, turning on the gas, came around for the first run of the game.
In the top of the 3rd Joseph Wittig was walked, and advanced to 3rd on a Terrell Joyce single, before being driven in by another single to right by 1B Daniel Lamb-Hunt. LF Wilson Lee started off the 6th with a solo homerun off the first pitch he saw. That left Bonn ahead 3-0 heading into the stretch.
Bonn’s starter Sascha Koch went 6.1 innings giving up 2 runs off 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 6. The RHP held the Parma offense at bay until the bottom of the 7th when he finally lost steam. Koch recorded his final K of the game against the first batter he faced then, Parma took control of the half inning.
Tommaso Battioni singled to right and Noel Gonzalez took one to center for a base. Sascha then hit Stefano Desimoni to load them up and was promptly replaced. Of course, he still had three runners on that were his responsibility. Leonmartires Rodriguez then sacrificed to right to bring Parma’s first run over the plate. Gonzalez then crossed on a balk.
Heading into the 9th the scoreboard still had the Caps up by a run, 3-2 over Parma. Bonn added two for insurance to finish out their offensive efforts on the day. Rodgriguez reached on a single and Stommel on a throwing error, then Weller was hit by a pitch. That filled up the bags for Ahrens who reached on another error and sent Rodriguez home. With two outs and the bases still full, Lamb-Hunt was walked and Stommel crossed to give the Caps a 5-2 lead.
Parma would not be counted out. Gonzalez and Desimoni each walked on. Astorri singled to left to send Gonzalez home, and Paolini drove one up the middle to allow Desimoni to cross. That was enough for the Caps. They switched the pitcher and Maurice Wilhelm shut down the offense with four pitches for a fly out and ground out to end the game.
On the hill for Parma Julio Vivas tossed 6.0 innings giving up 3 runs off 8 hits striking out 8 with just 98 pitches, 67 for strikes for a rate of 68%.