The Padres and Braves denied the Cardinals entry to the win column of the 2nd Annual Triple A Youth Baseball League.
The Padres shut out the Cardinals in a make-up game, 14-0, last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield, while the Braves handed the Cards a 14-4 beating in the first game last Monday. The Padres notched their fourth victory in as many games and aimed for win No. 5 in the second match last Monday against the Tigers (1-1), while the Braves are not far behind in second place with their 3-1 record. The Cardinals dropped to a 0-3 slate.
Five players pitched for the Padres and that caught the Cardinals’ hitter off guard. The Cardinals made only one hit off Aurel Mendiola’s double at the bottom of the fifth inning and were called for six strikeouts. The rest of the Padres’ defense held on, as the Cardinals missed its best opportunity to score in the third inning when three runners were left stranded after center fielder Khobby Kaipat caught a fly ball from Jeremy Demapan for the third out. The Cardinals’ Austin Hocog and Joel Demapan were beaten to first earlier for the first two outs.
The Padres complemented its good defense with a solid offense in the first three innings where they scored 13 runs. The Padres were on target specifically at the top of the third when seven of their first eight batters had base hits and also reached home plate. The Padres went on to bag eight runs in the third, five of them were earned. Patrick Tenorio went 2-for-3 for the Padres, scored three runs and two RBIs.
Meanwhile, in the curtain-raiser last Monday, the Braves had a strong finish to down the Cardinals.
The game was tied after five complete innings, 4-all, when the Braves went all out in the last two to hand the Cardinals another defeat.
Ian Rogolifoi blasted a two-run double to start the Braves rally at the top of the sixth and his team got three more runs off the Cardinals’ errors to take a 9-4 lead. The Cardinals, which used three pitchers in the first six innings, tapped Joe Monkeya in the last inning, hoping to bail the team out of trouble, but the Braves remained on target, getting four more hits and adding three earned runs and two off the Cardinals’ miscues.
While the Braves’ bats were active in the last two innings, the Cardinals were out of sync, as the first three batters were booted out in the sixth and two runners were left stranded in the last after Rogolifoi caught a fly ball from Monkeya for the last out.