The Braves stretched their win streak to four, following a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
With the win, the Braves improved to a 6-1 record and gained a share of the lead with the Padres. The Dodgers fell to a 1-5 record to remain at the bottom of the team standings in the seven-squad field. The victory was also the Braves’ second in as many games against the Dodgers as the former eked out a 3-2 triumph in their first round encounter early last month.
In their second meeting, the Braves were as quick as lightning in stealing bases to score the needed runs. On defense, the Braves neutralized the Dodgers anew, holding the latter to only one run.
The Dodgers scored only at the top of the second inning with starting pitcher Steven Cabrera blasting a double and bringing Jonathan Cabrera home. Steven Cabrera’s RBI double tied the match, 1-all, as the Braves earlier got one run at the bottom of the first with Ian Rogolifoi hitting a single and driving leadoff batter E.J. Evangelista home. The Dodgers had a chance to break the tie, as Steven Cabrera made it all the way to the third on a passed ball, but Braves starting pitcher Peter Lieto got his second strikeout for the inning and third after two.
Peter Lieto went to pass his pitching duties to J.J. Lifoifoi in the fourth and the latter also punched three strikeouts with his third one leaving Steven Cabrera stuck anew at third base at the top of the fifth inning.
Evangelista then led off for the Braves at the bottom of the fifth and put his team on top, as he singled, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and stole home. The Braves also stole home in the sixth inning to gain more cushion. The play started with Frankie Lieto hitting a single and making it all the way home off stolen bases.
Now behind by two at the top of the last inning, Joseph Atalig had a chance to move the Dodgers within one and keep his team in the game when he went to as far as the third base off the Braves’ error with only one out. However, he was left stranded there, as Lifoifoi picked up a grounder and threw to first base for the second out and then struck out Delin Flores to end the game.