The Dodgers mounted a four-run rally in the fourth inning and held on to down Rockies, 9-3, in the Saipan Major League Baseball Association-Division of Youth Services' 18U Triple A Youth Baseball League last Thursday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The win evened Dodgers' card to 5-5, while the Rockies dropped to a 2-9 slate. The Orioles are on top of the team standings with their 8-3 record, while the Reds are in second place with their 7-5 card.
The Rockies started off with a promising 3-0 lead in the first inning, but were abruptly held in check for the rest of the contest. They busted five hits off Dodgers' starting pitcher, Carl Camacho, including a trio of RBI singles from Leroy Regis, Ricardo Dela Cruz, and Davie Matagolai.
Camacho settled down, however, and worked a 1-2-3 outing in the second inning, but he and his teammates struggled at the plate against Rockies' starter, Regis, who notched seven strikeouts in his three-inning shift.
Once Regis left, however, the Dodgers bats awoke and they mounted a four-run rally in the top of the fourth inning off three hits and some timely errors.
Joseph Atalig and Ton Guerrero reached on an error and a base hit and were driven home off a base smash by Brian Camacho. Carl Camacho followed with a double and two more Dodgers runners came home off extra throws.
The Dodgers then pressed further ahead, 6-3, in the fifth inning off two hits. Brian Camacho singled in Atalig and was later escorted to the plate off Jhace Palacios's sacrifice fly.
Notably, Dodgers' Brian Camacho stepped to the rubber early in the third inning and held the Rockies in check until Atalig tapped him with two outs in the fifth inning. The Rockies had a man on third base at the time, but Atalig escaped cleanly and did a good job securing the save through the last two exchanges.
The Dodgers pulled away, 8-3, in the sixth inning off an error and an RBI triple by Guerrero, who scored Atalig, and added one more for the cherry on top, thanks to another costly Rockies error out in the field in the seventh.
Although the Rockies started the game with a five-hit burst, they were held to just two hits for the remainder of the game. They managed to get a man in scoring position in the final stand, but the Dodgers turned a nice 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Altogether, the Rockies stranded six runners and committed six errors, while the Dodgers stranded four and also had four blunders. The Dodgers accrued nine hits.
Brian Camacho struck out five in 2 and 2/3 innings and batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs. Atalig struck out four in his 2 and 1/3 and scored three times. The Rockies' Dela Cruz swung 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The season continues today with the O's taking on the Rockies at 4pm and the Dodgers facing the Reds at 6pm.