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Rinat Makhmoutov pitched at times for the Russian national team and had their biggest win ever (through 2018).
Makhmoutov was 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in the 1995 European Championship with 14 strikeouts in 12 innings. He tied for 8th in the tournament in strikeouts and tied Magnus Höglund, Carlos Ros and Eelco Jansen for the lead with one shutout.
Rinat was 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in the 2001 European Championship. In the semifinals, he got the start against the Italian national team, which had made the finals of every European Championship since 1957. Makhmoutov faced a lineup with former minor leaguers Claudio Liverziani, Jairo Ramos Gizzi, David Sheldon and Seth La Fera as well as Italian legend Roberto De Franceschi. Rinat went on to dazzle, allowing one hit and no runs in 6 1/3 IP to outduel Riccardo De Santis in a 2-0 victory; former Mariners farmhand Oleg Korneev finished off in relief. Makhmoutov was named the MVP of that European Championship as Russia took Silver for their first Medal ever.
He allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 IP in the 2003 Baseball World Cup, going 0-2. He walked six and gave up six hits. He was 0-2 despite a 2.70 ERA in the 2005 European Championship, losing tough games to the champion Dutch national team and Ukraine (a 2-0 duel with Roman Yatsuk).
Makhmoutov was with Russia for the 2008 European Championship Qualifiers; at age 41, he was 8 years older than the club's next-oldest player, Dmitry Lukin and 13 ahead of #3 Alexander Toropov. Rinat pitched one game, shutting out Portugal on four hits in seven innings for a win.
- Defunct IBAF site
- CEB website
- International baseball statistician Harry Wedemeijer
- Wayback Archive of the 2005 European Championship site