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Walks Create Runs

Peres Nunes accepts congratulations from the bench for his solo homerun in the 2nd Photo Credit Ezr Nadoc

France and Russia gave fans one to talk about when they met up in the third day of action at the European Championship.

Russia scored first hopping onto the board in the top of the 2nd with a solo homerun by Ian Peres. France answered in the bottom of the inning.

With two outs recorded Jose Paula started off the offensive rally with patience at the plate. Nolan Soliveres followed him on in the same manner before Martin Vissac took one for the team to load them up. Paolo Brossier merely took advantage of the situation when he doubled to right giving each of the three time to score. With two outs posted, Russia had nowhere beyond the pen, to lay blame.

In the 3rd, Russia added one. Alejandro Velazquez singled, advanced to 2nd on a fielder’s choice and was walked across after reaching 3rd courtesy of an intentional base on balls. In the bottom half of the inning Felix Brown walked on and was driven in on a single to right by Andy Paz. At inning’s end the score was 4-2 in France’s favor.

France added another in the 4th with a pair of doubles. Jose Paula hit the first and Martin Vissac drove him in with the second. That put France up by 3 heading into the 6th.

At the top of the 7th Russia’s 3B Antonio Bulte singled through the right side to reach before France’s pen gave up 5 BB to bring around two for Russia. At the end of the inning Russia was within one never getting closer over their final two opportunities.

At day’s end it was truly the work of both pens that decided this game. Nine walks and a HBP were the catalyst behind nearly all the scoring. This is definitely not the quality of ball you want to be remembered for while playing for your spot in the championship pool.