It was another great day of action at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif., as for the third day in a row, one of the games ended in a tie, and did so with late inning heroics. The Athletics and the Rangers had the greatest offensive production, with each team winning and each team scoring at least seven runs.
Oakland Athletics 7, Milwaukee Brewers Gray 4
The Brewers Gray got things going in the first, with four straight hits leading to a quick 2-0 lead against Athletics’ pitcher Christian Pfaff (R-S Central HS, N.C.). It looked like the Brewers would add more runs, but Cory Hahn (Mater Dei HS, Calif.) grounded into a double play and Joel McKeithan (TC Roberson HS, N.C.) made a highlight reel catch at short to end the inning.
Zach Weiss (Northwood HS, Calif.) got the nod for the Brewers Gray. Drew Doty (Gaither HS, Fla.) led off with a walk and moved to second on a botched pickoff play by Weiss. Ty Linton came up with an RBI single to give the A’s their first run of the game.
Milwaukee Brewers Blue 2, New York Yankees 1
Nothing going for either team in the first inning, but in the second the Brewers got things going. They pushed two runs across, with one run scoring on a seeing eye single by Vincent Velaquez (Garey HS, Calif.), making it 2-0.
The Yankees pushed one across in the bottom half of the second inning making it 2-1.
That was all both teams would get, as the pitchers took control over the game. Aaron Sanchez (Barstow HS, Calif.) threw well in the game and was one of four pitchers
Peter Tago pitched the last two innings and did a nice job. He threw strikes and worked quick. The same goes for Adam Plutko. In actuality all four of the Brewers arms threw well in the game, and let us not forget the Yankee arms.
Cincinnati Reds 7, Texas Rangers 5
In the third game of the day the Reds hooked up with the Rangers. 24 scored on a singe by 25 and an error on the shortstop, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. Jake Cole struck out the side in the first, but his defense let him down.
The Rangers tried to put something together in the second and managed to push their first run of the game. It came when Tyler Pearson hit s grounder to third. A bases loaded single by Alex Silver drove in Jared Lakind and Anthony Bryant, giving the Rangers a 3-1 lead. All three runs scored off that two out error.
In the top of the third Taylor Lindsey walked and later scored on an RBI single to right by Matt Wollenzin (Green Mountain HS, Colo.). The Reds then loaded the bases and Sam Wilson belted a single to left and scored two, and once again the Reds had the lead at 4-3.
Washington Nationals 3, Chicago White Sox 3
Wouldn’t you know it, for a fourth time this week there was a tie, and once again it took some late game heroics, by the Nationals to avoid a defeat. The White Sox starter, Jerrick Suiter, and his reliever, Barrett Astin, both threw two innings of shutout ball and gave up only three total hits.
It was Sox reliever Conner Sadzeck, who gave up the first two runs to the Nationals and Sox hurler Jason Adams surrendered what looked like the possible winning run in the top of the seventh.
Trailing 1-0, in sixth, the Nationals got Vettleson and Sale on board with no one out. With the sacs full, Vettleson scored on a wild pitch and Sale scored on pick-off attempt at second. Once again these two proved to be a menacing one-two punch this week. Pitchers have had a difficult time figuring the duo out. FULL STORY