RUS Crushes UKR
Russia made quick work of Ukraine on the way to recording their first W in the European Championship.
Russia’s offense came out of the dugout swinging. In the top of the first, with two away, Geidys Soler singled to reach. Yunior Valiente singled up the middle advancing Soler and putting runners on the corners. Alekhandro Peres reached on an error by Ukraine’s 3B Denys Brechko that allowed Soler to score.
With runners on first and second Viacheslav Vasilev took one deep to right bringing everyone around and putting Russia up by four.
Vasilev, Russia’s 6-spot hitter, had himself a day at the plate going 2/2 with 2 runs, including that homer and 4 RBIs. He finished the day not only batting a thousand but posting up a 3.500 OPS.
In the top of the 2nd Maksim Makarkin started things off with a single up the middle. Maxim Monakhov walked aboard and Alejandro Castillo reached on another error on the corner by Brechko. With the bases loaded Ukraine’s starter Mykola Liakhovetskyi walked in the run before the first out of the inning was finally recorded.
2B Valiente doubled down the left field line driving in all three runners to put Russia up by 8. With just one runner left aboard, the RHP gave away first once again. Vasilev singled through the right side driving in Yunior and moving Peres to third. Still struggling with his control, Slovakia’s pitcher hit Anton Trusov to load them all once more.
The next run crossed when Liakhovetskyi hit the very next batter, Makarkin. This time, with Russia ahead by 9 in just the second inning and still only one out recorded, the pitching change finally came. Monakhov sacrificed his at bat to bring Vasilev around to score the final run of the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Ukraine started to mount their comeback with a little patience at the plate. Oleksii Boiko and Vladyslav Kosenko both walked aboard putting runners on first and second when Kostiantyn Chukhas stepped into the box. He singled to center to bring around Boiko. By the end of two, Russia was ahead 11-1.
In the top of the 4th Russia made back the run. Anton Trusov singled up the middle and Maksim Makarkin doubled to right before Maxim Monakhov singled to center driving in Trusov.
In the bottom of both the 5th and 6th Ukraine added two runs. Dmytro Limarenko doubled to right and was driven in by Illia Velykyl. He, in turn, was driven in by a double off the bat off Yevhenii Tkachenko.
In the bottom of the 6th the Ukrainian offense took advantage of Russia’s defensive mistakes. Russia’s hurler Vladislav Ilin loaded them up sending Denys Brenko, Heorhii Hvrytishvili and Dmytro Limarenko to first, one at a time. Illia Velykyi reached on an error by Russia’s 3B Frank Bulte that allowed Brechko and Hvrytishvili to score. Heading into the top of the 7th, Ukraine had closed the 10-run margin necessary for mercy to take place. Russia was still ahead but their lead had been cut to 7. The Russians were clearly motivated to go home early.
The top of the 7th started with the heart of Russia’s order. Soler, Valiente and Bolgov singled to reach. Bolgov’s hit through the left side gave Soler time to come around. An error by the leftfielder Yevhenii Tkachenko gave Valiente the time to follow him across. Makarkin then singled to right driving in Bolgov to put Russia ahead by 10 once again.
The Ukraine offense was out of juice and the game ended by mercy after seven.