Athletics v. Yankees – The Athletics beat the Yankees 3-2 in the rain.
Athletics v. Yankees – The Athletics beat the Yankees 3-2 in the rain. Dueling defenses left both teams scoreless until the bottom of the second, when Lindsay Charters drove in a run, putting the A’s up 1-0. The Yankees’ Evan Tracy evened the score with an RBI-double to right field in the top of the third. An inning later, Gabe Terry gave the Yankees the lead by stealing home. The A’s battled back in the bottom of the fifth, with Logan Nesson doubling to left, scoring on Aidan Fitzpatrick’s RBI-double. The A’s secured the victory in extra innings, when Chris Porter’s grounder drove in the winning run. The A’s defense was aided by strong pitching performances by Patrick Evans (four strikeouts), Logan Nesson (eight strikeouts) and George deMars (one strikeout and two put-outs). The Yankees’ Evan Davis pitched five solid innings, and teammate Tracy offered two innings of relief.
Athletics v. Orioles – The Swingin’ A’s beat the Orioles 6-4 last Saturday. Orioles took an early 3-0 lead on Kiran Menon’s run in the first inning, and two RBIs in the second. The A’s came alive in the third, with Patrick Evans doubling, Logan Nesson following with an RBI-double, and Joey Kammerer homering over the left field fence. The O’s took back the lead in the bottom of the fifth off Jamie Handley’s RBI double. But the A’s battled back, with George deMars doubling and Matthew Dassira and Annie Ferguson laying down beautiful back-to-back bunts to load the bases. Evans hit an RBI single to tie the game, and Nesson brought in two more with a double. The O’s Marsden Davis and Josh Rankin made singles in the bottom of the sixth, but deMars struck out three in his last trip to the mound to secure the win.
Cubs vs. Nationals – It was a pitchers’ duel last Monday between the Nationals’ Chris Meador and Ryan Leonard of the Cubs. Meador finished the evening striking out five and giving up just five hits over five innings. Leonard finished with seven strikeouts, giving up two runs over his five innings.
The Nationals’ offense was led by Daniel Butler who singled, walked twice and scored twice. Nate Jones and Nate Thatcher also singled and scored for the Nationals. But Cubs’ center fielder Ned Quill advanced to second after a perfect bunt and overthrow, coming around to score on a sacrifice by Wes Coupard and sharp ground out by Johnny Peterson, forcing the game to be suspended due to a time limit. At the continuation game on Wednesday evening, Cubs’ pitcher Coupard struck out two at the top of the eighth, and forced a pop up to shortstop Peterson. Infielder PJ Kern was mobbed at first base by his Cubs’ teammates after smashing a line drive single up the middle scoring Leonard from third base for a 5-4 Cubs victory.
Cubs vs. Mason District Red Sox – The Cubs used pitching performance by Daniel Schlitt to defeat the Mason District Red Sox 4-1 last Saturday. The game was a pitchers’ duel, as the Red Sox Sean Paulson had six strikeouts. Paulson was aided by two rally-killing plays, as Jack Curtin robbed an extra base hit and Joshua Henry made a running catch from his second base position.
The Red Sox were led by Jasper Tyner, who had two hits and scored one run. The Cubs’ Ben Torpey scored on Schlitt’s line drive off the center field fence for a triple in the fourth inning. Center fielder Matty Livingston expanded the Cubs’ lead with a bunt, scoring Schlitt from third. The Cubs closed the scoring in the fifth inning as Chris Loyd scored after singles by Ryan Leonard and Torpey.
Pirates vs. Cardinals – The Pirates defeated the Cardinals 14- 6. Cardinals jumped off to an early 1-0 lead, backed by strong pitching and solid defense, but the Pirates’ offense came alive in the second inning. In the bottom of the second, the Cardinals rallied for five more runs, led by the strong hitting of Chase Heroux. Aiden Phillips delivered two doubles and one single, scoring three runs. Strong hitting from Alexa Tracey, speedy base running by lead-off hitter Peter Byman and good fielding, especially by Mounir Laassili, ensured the Pirates’ victory.
Dodgers vs. Marlins – Last Saturday, the Dodgers outlasted the Marlins for victory, overcoming exceptional pitching by Marlins’ Chris Beddow, who struck out 14 batters in five and one third innings. But the Dodgers’ pitchers were good as well, as David Miller, Jacob Plata and Grinden Collins combined to strike out 13 batters.
The Dodgers came right back in the fifth inning, when Jack Fletchall started a rally with a double to right field, followed by Collins’ sharp single to right field. Max Miller then delivered a huge hit to right field, driving in two runs, putting the Dodgers back on top, 4-3. In the bottom of the fifth, the Marlins rallied for two runs on a key hit by Josh Barker, taking a 5-4 lead going into the final inning. As tension mounted in the top of the sixth, the Dodgers’ Mike Williams and Ryan Henderson singled, only to have the Marlins’ pitchers follow with two strikeouts. With the pressure on, Sam Whitaker smacked a single to right field driving in the game-winning RBIs for the Dodgers. Collins came on in the bottom of the sixth to strike out three batters, saving the game for the Dodgers.
Raptors vs. Rattlers – The Raptors defeated the Rattlers, 9-7. The Raptors’ Kailen Jordan, who had two singles and an RBI, also scored a run. Ezra Schrader had two singles, scored a run, and grabbed three ground balls, while Kai Campbell drove in two runs. The Rattlers’ third baseman, Selwyn Heminway, snagged a line drive, leading to a double play, and catcher Grayson Ford threw out a runner a first base.
The Marlins’ Ramon Martinez had two hits and Aidan Hill added another single to keep the pressure on the Dodgers. In the end, the Dodgers pulled out a 6-5 win.