The German baseball postseason kicked off last weekend.
Most of the series actually went as expected with the favourites taking an early series lead. Here are the current series standings:
Haar Disciples – Solingen Alligators 1:1
Hamburg Stealers – Regensburg Buchbinder Legionäre 0:2
Paderborn Untouchables – Heidenheim Heideköpfe 0:2
Mainz Athletics – Bonn Capitals 1:1
I watched the first game of the Hamburg-Regensburg doubleheader and it was clear to see that the Legionäre are ahead of the class. Solid pitching and a very potent offense were too much for the Stealers to handle.
The playdowns are also in full swing. Here are the series standings:
Berlin Sluggers – Dohren Wild Farmers 0:2
Dortmund Wanderers – Cologne Cardinals 1:1
Tübingen Hawks – Stuttgart Reds 0:2
Mannheim Tornados – Bad Homburg Hornets 1:0 (2nd game ppd)
I was following the Dortmund-Cologne series via twitter and that one looks like it’ll become a classic. The Cards were leading for a long time in game 1 only to fall to the Wanderers in the 9th in walkoff fashion. Both teams remained in a deadlock in the second game with Cologne leading 1-0, until Dortmund tied the score late. Things unraveled for the Wanderers in the 11th inning, when a balk forced in the go ahead run. Cardinals starting pitcher Alex Rivers tossed all 11 inning with a line of 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 14 K and only 1 BB. Huge performance.
The Mannheim vs Bad Homburg make up game will take place tonight and the rest of the series will be played this weekend.