Telemarket Rimini avoided a three-game sweep by T&A San Marino last weekend by thumping the defending Italian Serie A1 champions, 10-2, thanks to a solid pitching performance by starter Sandy Patrone and the bullpen. Patrone allowed two hits and both San Marino runs in 5.1 innings before the relief corps came on and turned in 3.2 hitless innings. Ivanon Coffie crunched his 8th homer for Rimini with a two-run blast in the eighth, while Mexican League alum Eduardo Rios and Mario Chiarini both had two RBIs. Max DiBiase’s sixth-inning single drove in both San Marino runs. Rimini is now 24-9 for the season, one game ahead of 23-10 Bologna.
Earlier in the series, San Marino’s David Sheldon became the eleventh player in Italian league history to play in 1,000 games. A native of New Orleans, the 46-year-old Sheldon spent two years in the Chicago White Sox farm system before coming to Italy in 1987. He has suited up for nine teams over 23 seasons since then.