SWE Shuts Down GRE
Sweden picks up their first win of tournament play shutting out Greece 10-0 in seven.
In one of the only shutouts of the European Championship this season Sweden’s starter, Benjamin Johnson, threw a full game shutout. He gave up 4 runs and struck out one. 55 of his 85 pitches on the day crossed the heart of the plate.
The Swedish offense hit .367 for the day with a collective .896 OPS. Three of the Swedes hit .667. Joel Johnson, in the 1-spot, Trolle Brandt up 5th and Markus Melendez in the 7-hole made up the large majority of the offense for Sweden’s bench. Melendez had 3 runs off two hits, including a double, and an RBI for a 1.750 OPS.
Sweden jumped onto the board in the first with a 1-2 combo. Joel Johnson singled to right and was driven in by Niklas Melin who doubled to the same spot. In the second they added two with a little help from Greece’s starter Theon Bourdaniotis. Peter Johannessen took one for the team to reach. Markus Melendez joined him on the bags with a single through the left side. Joel Johnson doubled deep enough to center to bring both men around.
In the top of the third Thomas Paulich singled and was driven in on a sacrifice by Trolle Brandt. Niklas Melin singled and came around off the bat of Per Sjors. Markus Melendez was given the first 90-feet and driven in on a single up the middle by Tommy Lindell. By the end of the third, Sweden was ahead by six.
In the 4th Joel Johnson willed himself to score with some great patience and heads-up base running. Johnson was awarded first by Greek hurler Dean Christidis. He stole second and grabbed third on a fly ball. With two away, Joel crossed the plate on a wild pitch to put Sweden ahead by another run.
To start the 5th Trolle Brandt singled through the right side and was bunted over by Oskar Jerfsten. Markus Melendez drove him in with a double to left. Tommy Lindell reached on a throwing error by Greece’s 3B Dimitrios Kourtis and Melendez scored on the error.
In the top of the 6th, Sweden was up by nine. With two outs recorded and Johnson on 2nd after walking aboard, Trolle Brandt singled to right to drive him in and, just like that, Sweden was up by 10 heading into the 7th – the first inning where 10 runs gives you an early end to the work day.