NLA Spiel 21, Sep. 06, 98
|W: Räber L: Wiedmer|
Challengers 12, Frogs 1The Challengers avenged their 4-3 loss in Game 1 of this year's Playoff Semifinals with a convincing 12-1 win in Game 2 against the Sissach Frogs.
|Benny Räber scattered six hits over seven innings for his fifth win of the season.|
They added one more in the third on yet another groundout.
The only run given up by starter Benny Räber came on Steve Klee's RBI-groundout in the bottom of the fourth.
It was Räber's (5-2) first complete game of the season and third in his NLA-career. He allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven batters.
With the Frogs trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth, the Challengers scored two more on Bosshard's RBI-infield-single that scored Anubis Benitez from second base, and Armin Blickenstorfer's RBI-single. It was Blickenstorfer's fifth RBI of the day after he already collected all three RBI's in Game 1 earlier in the day.
|Peter Rüfenacht was roughed up for 13 hits and nine runs in four innings of relief.|
Jose Moncion Valdez, who didn't play since June 27th, led off the inning with his fourth homer of the season.
Three batters later, Roger Brunner followed with an RBI-single, and Benitez connected for his third double of the game, giving him 14 on the season.
Benitez then scored on a defensive misplay of Patrick Bosshard's bunt.
Bosshard was caught stealing second for the second out, one of numerous dubious calls at second base that led to a little discussion by Challengers manager Marvin Moore with home plate umpire Beat Senti.
|Several dubious calls on 2nd base affected the flow of the game, but certainly not the outcome of it.|
Saentis Zeller followed with a double to put runners on second and third, and Valdez batted both runners in with his fourth double of the season and second extra-base hit of the inning.
Benitez's 14 doubles this season set a new Challengers record for most doubles in a season. Zeller and Thomas Landis held the previous record of 12 until today.
The Semifinal series is now tied at one apiece, with Game 3 being played next Saturday at the Heerenschurli in Zurich.