Defending champs Stockholm remain undefeated after the second weekend of the 2014 Swedish baseball season. Stockholm easily defeated Göteborg in both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, 10-0 and 11-2.
Game 1 was a truly weird experience after Göteborg took out starting pitcher Jason Norderum in the fourth inning, after he had held Stockholm to just 1 unearned run and no hits. His replacement, losing pitcher Mathias Johansson, had an interesting variety of arm angles, but was extremely wild.
How often does one see a batter hit by a pitch TWICE in the same at-bat? Stockholm’s Matt Merrifield was hit by a pitch from Johansson, but the umpire ruled that Merrifield had either not done enough to get out of the way, or actually put himself in the way of the ball. Two pitches later Merrifield was hit again, and that time was awarded first base.
Merrifield was then hit again by a pitch on his next at-bat.
But that wasn’t the weirdest thing that happened during the game. In the fifth inning, Johansson issued a walk to Magnus Pilegård, hit the next two batters (brothers Peter and Björn Johannessen) with pitches, and then with the bases loaded, Magnus Pilegård scored from third on a wild pitch.
Johansson walked the next batter to load the bases again, and hit the next with a pitch. A single then brought in more runs to make the score 6-0.
In the eighth inning, with the bases loaded again, Stockholm scored first one, then a second run, as Johansson hit two more batters with pitches. That gave Stockholm a 10-0 victory an inning early under the mercy rule.
Jacob Claesson got the win, giving up four hits over seven shutout innings, while his big brother Joakim struck out the side in the eighth.
Stockholm won game 2 11-2 after it was called in the fifth inning because of rain. Oscar Carlstedt gave up one hit in his two innings, while Daniel Linder got the win, giving up four hits and two runs in the remaining three innings.
Sundbyberg are in second place behind Stockholm, undefeated in two games.