Athletics vs. Red Sox – The Athletics defeated the Red Sox 4-2 on Monday, May 18 at Westgate 1.
Athletics vs. Red Sox – The Athletics defeated the Red Sox 4-2 on Monday, May 18 at Westgate 1. The A’s had a strong first inning, with Patrick Evans doubling (three for three on the day), Aidan Fitzpatrick bringing home pinch-runner Annie Ferguson for the first score of the game, Jimmy Porter singling and Brian Nelson hitting an RBI single. Nelson added two RBIs in the third on a single to center field. The Red Sox fought back in the fourth, with Jackson DuBro and Ted Terwilliger hitting big doubles. The Sox continued to make the game interesting in the sixth, sending eight batters to the plate. But the A’s defense rose to the occasion, with George DeMars and Chris Porter making big catches and Evans delivering a key strike-out as the closer. DeMars contributed strong pitching, yielding no runs over the first three innings. Logan Nesson added solid relief, with four strikeouts over two innings of work.
Nationals vs. Yankees – In a game dominated by exceptional pitching, the Yankees defeated the Nationals 4-1 on May 18. Yankees’ Evan Davis and Nationals’ Daniel Donovan held opposing batters in check for most of the game, with Davis striking out eight batters, including three batters in the fourth inning, and Donovan striking out six Yankees. The Nationals scored first when Chris Meador came home on a sacrifice bunt by Donovan. The Yankees tied the game in their half of the inning when Jordan Cole drew a walk, eventually coming around to steal home. In the bottom of the third, the Yankees struck for the only other runs of the game. Davis singled and Cole was hit by a pitch. A blast to the right field fence by Michael Behrens brought in both runners. Behrens later stole home on a passed ball to put the Yankees ahead 4-1. The rest of the game saw both teams make spectacular plays in the field to thwart scoring opportunities. Meador caught three pop ups at shortstop to keep runners from advancing.
Jack Rasmussen of the Yankees stopped a hard grounder at second base and deftly threw out the base runner in the fifth to squelch a rally. Following a superb performance by starter Davis, Yankees’ reliever Evan Tracy delivered a clutch effort in the sixth, using two strikeouts to stop a rally and seal the win. Tracy’s effort was aided by a great throw from right fielder Shane Doherty to erase a Nationals runner at second base.
Sand Gnats vs. Sidewinders – The Sand Gnats opened their May 21 game against the Sidewinders with catcher Paul Pacheco making two outs at home plate in the top of the first inning. Pachco followed up his strong defensive play with a triple that brought in three runs in the bottom of the first.
The Sand Gnats used strong pitching by Davey Tarter and great catches by Timothy Jewel and Edwin Alas to keep the Sidewinders’ offense in check.
The Sand Gnats’ Max Ashton aided his offense with a perfectly executed bunt single. Matt Padgett pitched three strikeouts, and the rest of the Sand Gnats continued with solid hitting to produce a 17-5 victory over the Sidewinders.
Raptors vs. Express – Sparked by a sizzling offense, the Raptors defeated the Express 20-8 on Saturday, May 20.
Aidan Freeman led the Raptors, going three for three at the plate, catching a pop-up for an out in the first inning, and following that with a tag out at home plate in the second inning.
Connor Brennan went two for three, with two RBIs. Joshua Post helped the Express on defense by making an assisted out at first base.