After getting slaughtered in the
first game, The Butchers thought
Lund would come out big in the
second game of the double
header, but with their last game
before the summer break, the
Butchers were eager to extend
their winning streak. This game
was a very close one until the
bottom of the 6th inning. The
Giants couldn't score more than
3 runs in a 5th inning rally.
Thomas Zalcberg missed a grand-slam
by a few meters when his hard
hit ball curved towards the left
when it crossed the foul line
post over the left field fence.
That could have given the Giants
a comfortable lead. However,
Rättvik who seemed unpleased
with a 5-3 lead exploded for 8
runs in the 6th inning.
Lund's American starting pitcher
Brian Jordan pitched the 4 first
innings for his team despite a
shoulder injury. He managed to
strike out one of the Butchers
best slugger twice but gave away
5 earned runs. Once again
Philippe Longchamps came to
haunt his fomer team scoring the
first run of the game and
hitting 4-for-5 as the lead-off
hitter. Lund's Danish catcher
Peter Bruhn and first baseman
Stefan Gesele made a nice
double-play with bases loaded to
put an end to the first inning.
Fredrik Hansson pitched 5
innings for the Butchers and
newcomer Rickard Reimer came in
for his first save in the top of
the 6th inning.
Offensively, the Butchers got a
solid performance from their
first baseman, Kim Thunell, who
went 2-for-2 with an RBI and he
was hit by a pitch twice. The
Butchers managed 13 hits and
they were able to come up with a
clutch hit when they needed one.
Rickard Reimer went 1-for-1 and
got 2 sacrifice fly, 3 RBI's and
a walk. Mattias Stenis got a
double as a pinch-hitter, Emil
Hansson went 1-for-1 and scored
the winning run. Tomas Börjes
and Fredrik Hansson went
1-for-2, P-O Kajgård and
Kristoffer Sjöberg went 1-for-3.
Lund's right fielder Andreas
Nilsson made an incredible catch
in center-right in the 6th
inning and got an assist on a
play to second base. Giants
center fielder Mike Parmach got
4 put-outs and was the first
player to steal a base against
Tomas Börjes since June 10th.
Offensively, Peter Bruhn was the
best for the Giants. He went
2-for-3 but was caught stealing
in the third inning. Oliver
Speling, Stefan Gesele, Kasper
Hertig-Olsen and Michael Falk
got one hit each against Fredrik
What a start for Rickard Reimer!
He hits for 1.000 and got 4
RBI's in his first 2 games.
Philippe Longchamps is on an
incredible tear in Rättvik,
collecting 9 hits in the two
games against his former team.
The Butchers were hit by pitch 5
times this weekend.
The Lund players refused to
received the MVP award because
they said that no individual
player deserved to win it. So
the Butchers gave it to the team
and Lund's manager Charlie
Hodgdon is in charge to give it
to their own 2007 MVP at the end
of the season. The Lund player's
were really disapointed with
their performance and they can't
wait for a rematch. They said:
-"You got to give credit where
credit is due, we were facing an
awfully good baseball team, but
we have made a mistake playing 4
away games last weekend. Our
guys were not in the game,
injured and tired from the long,
long, long trip to Dalarna."