NLA Spiel 7, May 30, 99
|W: Siegel L: Valdez|
Flyers rally for 13 runs in 6th inning to hand Challengers first lossThe Challengers lost their first game of the season by losing to the Therwil Flyers 14-10.
|Thomas Landis cruised through the first five innings, but was crushed in the sixth inning.|
The Challengers started the game in similar fashion as in game 1 of their last doubleheader against the Wil Devils. Manny Marchant and Roger Brunner's were both caught stealing second base in the first inning, and after that, the Challengers didn't steal any bases the rest of the game.
Starter Thomas Landis had a strong outing for the first five innings. He allowed just two singles, one base-on-balls and no earned run.
|Djibril Traore of the Flyers was hit twice by a pitch from Landis.|
But things fell apart in the next inning. Roy Allenspach grounded out for the first out, but the next nine batters reached base safely. Alain Kurz and Karim Traore hit consecutive singles, and both scored on two fielding errors by substitute second baseman Tobias Siegrist. Landis then walked the bases full and also lost Rene Kurz on four balls to force in another run before Reto Siegel capped off the inning with a grandslam four-bagger on Landis' very first pitch.
|Flyers starter Kleiber lasted just 4 1-3 innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and three walks.|
The Challengers weren't able to come back from this deficit, and went on to score just one more run on Anubis Benitez' third homer of the season.
Allenspach pitched two scoreless innings to seal the Flyers' victory.