The Tan Holdings Brewers routed St. Michael's Medical Response Angels, 15-5, after seven innings in Monday's Saipan Major League Baseball Association matchup at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The win evened the Brewers' card to a win and a loss and they hope to build on it as the season rolls on tonight at the Tan Ko Field at 6:30pm with the Brew Crew squaring off again the D-9ers (0-1).
It was the Angels' first game.
After being stood up at third base in the opening frame, the Brewers tacked up nine runs in the bottom of the second inning off five hits and some untimely errors. Manny Sablan, Diego Camacho, and McGary Scaliem all bashed RBI singles.
Brewers' Nokki Saralu then made it 10-0 in the third inning by drawing a two-out walk and scoring off an error in the infield.
The Angels tried to ignite a rally in the top of the fourth inning and managed to move around three runs off four hits, which resulted in RBI base rips for Nunu Kapileo, Nick Cruz, and Gary Cruz.
The Angels then held the Brewers in the bottom side and mustered another run in the top of the fifth inning from John Reyes who reached on a base knock and later stole home, but the Brewers obliged with two runs in the bottom frame off a triple by Saralu that scored John Iguel followed up with an RBI base poke by Sablan.
With the Brewers possessing a commanding 12-4 lead after six innings, the Angels squeezed out its last run in the top of the seventh with a double by Ben Flores and a wild pitch, but the Brewers immediately countered with the knockout blow in the bottom exchange with four consecutive leadoff hits by Dave Demapan, Marvin Kaipat, Iguel, and Saralu.
Winning pitcher Vince Cepeda gave up five runs, three earned, off six hits, and three walks with 10 strikeouts through 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six of the first nine batters he faced out of the gate.
Saralu batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs, three runs, a base-on-balls, and a hit-by-pitch. Sablan went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Angels' Reyes swung 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases.