The German Baseball Bundesliga final series is going the distance.
It was to be expected. Solingen and Regensburg had been the best teams of the regular season , both winning their divisions. So the final sseries between those two juggernauts had to go down to the last game which will be played on Reunification Day Oct 3rd (which somehow feels fitting since it’s the German final).
I didn’t have a chance to watch all the games, but just looking at the scorelines the games have been as close as can be. Solingen took game 1 at Regensburg 5-6, jumping ahead to a 1-0 lead in the series. And although they won game 1, Regensburg was staging a comeback in the 9th to make it a one-run game.
Game 2 for a long time looked like a more dominant affair as Regensburg scored run after run off of Alligators starter Nick Renault. Going into the 9th inning they had a comfortable 8-0 lead when Mets farmhand Kai Gronauer led off the inning with a solo shot to right field. What followed could have been to biggest comeback story in German Baseball had the Alligators tied the game. They game into striking disctance, trailing only by 2 runs, with the Legionäre bullpen melting down one after another. Mariners prospect Daniel Thieben had a terrible day goig 0.1 IP with 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER and 2 BB. But Regensburg was able to hold Solingen down, eventually tying the series at 1.
I was able to watch game 2 so here’s my unofficial boxscore for this one:
The action then moved to Solingen for game 3 and this one was even closer than the previous two. The Legionäre had a 2 run lead (2-4) going into the bottom of the ninth, when Solingen was attempting yet another comeback. A walk (Tanner Leighton) and a single (Travis Bass) set the stage for Kai Gronauer, who put down a bunt to load the bases. A wild pitch and a walk off hit (Dustin Hughes) later and the Alligators had won the game 4-3, jumping ahead to a 2-1 series lead. Just take a look at the pictures from that game. Especially this one.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but game 4 on Sunday was a close call again as Regensburg starter Justin Kuehn was able to hold the Alligators to just one run while pitching a complete game 128 pitch 8-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Regensburg won 1-3 and brought the series back home for a deciding game 5.
Remember you can watch the action live at Legionäre TV, Regensburg’s own internet TV stream. The game will start at 14:00 CEST (08:00 AM ET, 21:00 JST). And if you are interested you can watch the previous games as VOD there as well. Be sure to bookmark the page as the Legionäre will provide a live stream for their games next season as well.