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'Bows continue to prove defending champs are vulnerable in split vs. Cards

John Baum 30.07.2009
Sunday in Bern, the four-time defending Swiss champions once again suffered a setback, this time at the hands of the fifth place Embrach 'Bows (10-14). Chris Beyeler was in cruise control for the Cardinals (18-5) through the first seven innings, allowing only two hits and no runs. The Cards were out to an early lead in the second inning, Johnny Perigos led off with a double before Tobias Imboden launched a homerun to center giving the home team a 2-0 lead. 'Bows starting pitcher, Roger Salvodelli left the Cards off the scoreboard until the sixth, as Imboden drove in his third run of the game with a two out double, giving his team a 3-0 advantage. After a scoreless seventh for both teams, the
wheels would fall off for the Cards defense in the eighth inning, as they would commit two errors allowing three runs to score to tie the game. The Cards had their chance to take the lead in the bottom of the inning, but once again a miscue led to a rally killer, as the lead off hitter was picked off at first base with no outs. Back in the field for the ninth, the Cardinals committed two more errors, allowing three more unearned runs to score, putting the visiting 'Bows ahead 6-3. A little rally was put out by Salvodelli, as he got John Baum swinging at strike three to end the game at 6-4 for the 'Bows. In game two the Cards responded well to a tough, and unexpected loss in the first game of the day, winning 13-1. Tobias Imboden continued his great day at the field pitching a complete game, one-hitter; striking out ten 'Bows. In the bottom of the first, the home team raced out to a 5-0 lead. John Baum crushed a homerun to leftcenter with a runner on for a 2-0 advantage; three other hits by Rudy Vargas, Chris Beyeler, and Miro Bussmann helped the Cards to the early lead. After three scoreless innings that saw the 'Bows score one, leaving the game at 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Cardinals exploded for eight more runs. Vargas had an RBI double, and he and Ronnie Zimmermann would score on Imbodens' second homerun of the day! After a two out walk to Vitus Huber, and a Samuel Paulino single, Baum connected on his second homer of the game. This would end the scoring, but would be more than enough for Imboden who continued his dominance over the visitors.