2019 Italian Series
The 2019 Italian Series began on August 16.
- Unipolsai Bologna had won the 2018 Italian Series and three of the past five. Under skipper Daniele Frignani, they again had the best regular-season record (21-3) though they needed all five games to pass Parmaclima in the semifinals. They led the league with a 3.13 ERA and their 184 runs were second-best. Jose Ferrini (.379/.451/.483), Ericson Leonora (.375/.439/.636, a league-high 26 runs in 24 games), Alessandro Vaglio (.329/.439/.506) and John Polonius (.316/.387/.570) led the offense. Andy Paz hit .353/.405/.618 in 9 games and managed to lead the league with four triples despite that limited action. Raúl Rivero (4-0, Sv, 1.35, 87 K, 7 BB in 53 1/3 IP) and Antonio Noguera (2-1, 2.42, 27 K in 22 1/3 IP) were 1-2 in the league in ERA while Murilo Gouvea (3-0, 4 Sv, 3.20, 34 K in 25 1/3 IP) led in saves.
- T&A San Marino was 14-9 in the regular season. Their 3.14 ERA was second, right behind Bologna, while their offense was 4th with 146 runs. Federico Giordani (.375/.409/.587, 23 R in 22 G) led the league with 39 hits, while Jose Flores (.371/.452/.640, 27 RBI in 23 G) led in RBI and doubles (13). Former major leaguer Alex Romero hit .351/.493/.544 and outfield mate Federico Celli showed even more pop (.325/.437/.602). Carlos Quevedo (6-2, 3.32, 73 K in 57 IP) had the most wins, right ahead of Alessandro Maestri (5-4, 3.34, 65 K in 59 1/3 IP). Andrés Pérez (Sv, 1.02, 27 K in 17 2/3 IP) and Fernando Baez (1-0, 3 Sv, 1.23, 33 K in 14 2/3 IP) were stellar in relief. Their manager was Mario Chiarini.
- August 16: Bologna 3, San Marino 1. CF Giordani opened the game with a homer off Stephen Perakslis but Perakslis, Gouvea and Rivero blanked San Marino the rest of the day. Bologna tied it in the 4th against Quevedo on singles by SS Polonius and 1B Osman Marval and a sacrifice fly by 2B Vaglio. In the bottom of the 6th, they went ahead for good. Marval smacked a one-out double to chase Quevedo. Pérez relieved and walked Vaglio intentionally then C Paz singled to load the bases. Valerio Simone replaced Pérez and PH Francesco Fuzzi drew a full-count walk to force in the winning run. In the 7th, Bologna got insurance. RF Nick Nosti drew a one-out walk and Polonius walked with two away. Baez replaced Simone but two-time Series MVP Marval singled for a 3-1 edge.
- August 17: Bologna 6, San Marino 5. Bologna came back to win this one and take a 2-0 Series lead. San Marino again scored first; in the first, CF Giordani drew a leadoff walk from Claudio Scotti and 2B Edgar Rondon hit into a force. He stole second then 1B Flores walked and RF Celli singled in Rondon. In the 3rd, DH Romero drew a two-out walk and Flores doubled him home. San Marino got three hits in the 4th but SS Erick Epifano was thrown out by RF Nosti trying to go to third on the second single, blowing a chance for a run. They made it 4-0 in the 5th when Romero homered off Andrea Pizziconi with one away, Celli drew a two-out walk, Pizziconi threw a wild pitch and LF Mattia Reginato hit into an error by 3B Ferrini.
Bologna began their comeback in the bottom of the 5th. After being shut down by Maestri for the first four, their comeback started with a single by 1B Marval. With one out, C Paz singled and LF Alessandro Grimaudo walked. DH Filippo Agretti singled in Marval and Paz. CF Lorenzo Dobboletta laid down a bunt to advance the runners and a wild pitch on strike 3 to Nosti made it 4-3. René Mazzocchi shut out Bologna from the 6th through the 8th while Alex Bassani did the same to San Marino.
In the 9th, San Marino got insurance. Filippo Crepaldi walked Rondon but retired Romero. After a balk, Flores singled in a run. Celli walked but Reginato flew out and Epifano struck out. Their failure to bring Flores and Celli home proved critical in the bottom of the inning. Mazzocchi got Marval on a grounder to begin the bottom of the 9th but walked Vaglio on four pitches. Paz flew out and San Marino seemed on the verge of victory. PH Fuzzi again drew a big walk off the bench. Backup DH Eladio Russo singled in Vaglio to cut it to 5-4. Dobboletta, the #9 hitter, drew a four-pitch walk. Ludovico Coveri relieved the flagging Mazzocchi. Nosti drew a walk from the former Phillies farmhand to force in the tying run as control continued to plague San Marino's bullpen. Simone succeeded Coveri but had no more success as Ferrini singled to center to bring in Russo with the winning run.