The Braves earned their third win in a row after ripping the Tigers, 10-3, in the 2nd Annual Triple A Youth Baseball League last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Braves improved to a 4-1 record for solo second place behind the unbeaten Padres (6-0), while victory remained elusive for the Tigers, who dropped to a 0-4 slate.
The Tigers failed to enter the win column, as the Braves’ bat showed up in last four innings after being silent in the first three. Keene Deleon Guerrero started out for the Tigers and struck out the first three batters. He got two more strikeouts in the second and early in the third before taking a set and leading his team to a 3-0 advantage.
However, the Tigers lost the driver’s seat, as their next four pitches struggled against the Braves’ batters. The Braves tied the match at the top of the fourth with two runs off wild pitches and throw and an RBI walk. More wild pitches in the fifth put the Braves on top, 6-4, and they never looked back, as they added four more (two earned) in the sixth, and one in the last inning.
On offense, the Braves outfielders were on top of the play, getting seven fly balls and relief pitcher Martin Logan allowed only one hit and struck out two in four innings pitch.
Giants 7, Cardinals 2
In the other game last Saturday, the Giants (3-1) thumped the Cardinals (0-3).
K.J. Deleon Guerrero allowed only one hit, stranded three runners, and struck out two to neutralize the Cardinals, who failed to score in the first four innings. The Giants led, 3-0, after four complete innings, getting two runs off the Cardinals miscues and an RBI single from Franco Nakamura.
The Cardinals went on to break the spell at the top of the fifth, as Dave Matagolai stole home, but the Giants earlier added two more runs off Devin Flores’ double to keep their distance. Kenji Yamagata then shut the door on the Cardinals, striking out five batters in the last two innings and giving up only one run.