In the opening game of the CEB Cup, Belarus beat the Austrians 6-1 in a game that lasted less than 2 hours.
Belarusian RHP Yauheni Kurhun threw a complete game giving up 1 run off 1 hit, and 2 walks, while striking out 12. The 22-year old starter threw just 125 pitches, less than 14 pitches/inning, with 63% of them landing in the zone.
The Indians, currently leading the West in the Austrian Baseball League, took advantage of what small opportunities Minsk’s hurler afforded. In the 4th SS Dominick Golubiewski took one for the team to reach. He was then driven in by CF Joachim Frick who had himself a day at the plate, all things considered. He was not only one of the two walks issued on the day, but also recorded the only Austrian hit. Frick took extra bases with an RBI double to bring Golubiewski around.
On offense it was a group effort for the team from Minsk. After 2.5 scoreless innings, Minsk’s 3B Yauheni Kisliakou broke things open with a single to center to reach. Uladzislau Barashenka singled as well, advancing Kisliakou into scoring position with runners on the corners. SS Sokal Siarhei then hit a 2-out triple to drive in both runners. He was rewarded for his efforts by none other than the RHP, left-handed batter, Kurhun who drove him in on a single to right. Minsk jumped ahead 3-0.
Though the Indians answered in the top of the 4th the Belarusians made up the difference in the bottom of the inning after taking advantage of a walk to reach and fielding error, committed by Frick, to score with two outs recorded. Though the score had changed, Minsk remained ahead by three.
In the bottom of the 5th the Belarusians added some insurance. After Sokal Siarhei reached on a throwing error by Austrian 3B Simon Plagg, Ilya Sladzinski took one deep to left and over the fence, to drive in the final two runs of the game.