Minsks’ late-game rally fell short in their heartbreaking 5-7 loss to the Sénart Templiers.
Errors were costly in this game. Between them the two defensive units committed 5 errors, responsible for five of the runs in this game. The outcome wouldn’t have changed, but it would have been a one-run game. Minsk starter Anto Pryputnevich pitched a complete game giving up just 4 earned runs off 14 hits. Senart went through four pitchers who collectively gave up just 3 earned runs off 8 hits.
The Templiers drove in two early runs in the bottom of the 1st. The first run of the game came off the bat of 3B Felix Brown, who hit a single to right center field driving in 2B Alexander Perdomo after he reached on an inning opening triple to left. Brown then came around on a throwing error by Minsk SS Siarhei Sokal.
At the top of the 2nd 2B Yauheni Kurhun, who had walked on, scored off an overthrow from Templiers’ 3B Felix Brown. RF Uladzislau Barashenka, who had reached on that same error, scored on a balk. After two costly mistakes by Senart the score was tied up at two. In the bottom of the inning the Templiers wasted no time rectifying their mistakes. LF José Paula took one for the team to reach then came around on a sac fly by Andy Paz.
In the bottom of the 3rd the Templiers added some insurance. SS Mathis Meurant and RF Jimmy Mapakou reached on back-to-back singles. They crossed together on a throwing error by C Vadzim Harun who failed to cleanly field a bunt.
After a scoresless 4th, Senart continued to grow their lead in the 5th. Jimmy Mapakou hit a double deep to left center field allowing Mathis Meurant, who had reached on a single, to score. Sénart followed this one-run inning with another in the 6th. That run came off another double by Meurant, this time bringing around DH Florian Peyrichou, who had reached on a single.
After a quiet 7th, Minsk, who was down 7-2, rallied in the 8th. Siarhei Sokal and Ilya Sladzinski started the inning with back-to-back walks. Sokal scored on a throwing error in center off a single by Kiryl Kazlouski. Two outs were then recorded before Sladzinski and Kazlouski each crossed on a single to center by Yauheni Kisliakou. By the middle of the 8th the Minsk was within two of Senart. That was as close as they would get and the game would close with the score frozen at 7-5 in favor of the Templiers.