Mannheim. The Bundesliga baseball players Mannheim Tornados suffered two more home defeats against the Mainz Athletics on Saturday and Sunday with 2:13 and 10:13 and are therefore still in the relegation battle. As a result, coach Juan Martin’s team was unable to extend its lead over bottom-placed Ulm Falcons and the penultimate Tübingen Hawks. The good news: Since the direct competitors in the relegation battle were also unsuccessful, Mannheim remain third from bottom. “We wanted to win a game, which unfortunately didn’t work out. But in the second game we were close,” said Mannheim player-coach Juan Martin after the two games.
The Tornados started the first game on Saturday with a lot of substitutes weakened. Ferlon Gijsbertha started as a thrower. The actual starting pitcher, Daniel Gosselin, was in action with the Greek national team at the weekend. The tornadoes got off to a better start. Matias Robles took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning, but Max Boldt hit a home run for Mainz in the third inning for three points. As a result, the Athletics pulled away. Austin Gallagher made the decision with his home run for two runs at the beginning of the seventh round. In the end, the Athletics clearly won the game 13:2. With two hits, an RBI and a run, Robles was the most conspicuous player of the encounter for the Mannheimers.
Strong Mainz comeback
On Sunday, the 40 spectators in the Roberto Clemente Field saw a closer encounter. This time Juan Martin started as a pitcher himself. After five and a half innings, Gosselin, who had meanwhile returned from Prague, replaced him. The Tornados got off to a dream start this time and were already leading 10:0 after three sections. The Athletics reacted, bringing the former Mannheim thrower Lennard Stöcklin onto the hill. As a result, the Tornados did not manage to get a point despite 15 hits.
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Mainz, on the other hand, started a great race to catch up. In the seventh inning, the Rheinhessen went ahead 11:10 and led 13:10 in the ninth round. The tornadoes still had a chance to level out. But Carlos Perdomo didn’t hit the ball properly. It was the last out. The Mannheim team lost 10:13 and must continue to tremble. “We have to continue and now win the games against Ulm,” said coach Juan Martin. he was