The Braves’ Frankie Lieto and J.J. Lifoifoi and the Yankees’ Gino Dela Cruz maintained a spotless ERA to share the top spot in the pitching race in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League.
Dela Cruz pitched 11.1 innings, allowed six runs, and had no errors for a 0.00 ERA, the same record Lieto and Lifoifoi hold. Lieto gave up only three runs in 7.2 innings pitched, while Lifoifoi surrendered one in 8.1 innings.
Another Braves ace Logan Martin made it to the Top 5 with his 0.46 ERA. Martin pitched the most innings among the Top 10 leaders, staying on the mound in 15.1 innings and giving up six runs and committing one error. The Giants’ Jesse Brel also had only one error and gave up three runs in 12.2 innings pitched to take the No. 5 spot with his 0.55 ERA.
Rounding of the Top 10 are three Tigers pitchers and one each from the Yankees and Dodgers. The Tigers’ Justin Reyes earned a 0.91 ERA off 7.2 innings pitched, six runs allowed and one error to nab sixth place. His teammate Keene Leon Guerrero is in eighth spot after making two errors and allowing nine runs in 13 innings pitched. Jose Lizama also got two errors in 9.1 innings pitched and gave up 10 runs for a 1.50 ERA, which is good for 10th place.
The Yankees’ Darion Jones and Dodgers’ Brian Camacho completed the Top 10, placing seventh and ninth, respectively. Jones pitched 14.1 innings, allowed eight runs, and had two errors for a 0.98 ERA, while Camacho got a 1.24 ERA off two miscues and six runs allowed in 11.1 innings pitched.
In the strikeouts race, Brel is alone on top with his 16 Ks. Deleon Guerrero is at close second with his 15 strikeouts, while Lizama and Jones have 14 apiece for a tie for third. There is also a deadlock for fourth place with the Yankees’ Greg Iskawa and Lifoifoi recording 13 strikeouts each, while the Giants’ Franco Nakamura is in fifth spot with his 12, followed by Camacho (11) and Martin and the Cardinals’ Davie Matagolai, who have 10 apiece.
In other statistical races, the Giants’ K.J. Deleon Guerrero leads the runs category with his 12, teammate Devin Flores is ahead in RBIs with seven, and Jones is on top of the doubles division with three.
Meanwhile, league coordinator Tony Rogolifoi said they will be on a wait-and-see mode as far as this weekend’s games schedule is concerned, while make-up matches (the Monday through Thursday’s cancelled games) will be played next week.
The Cardinals (0-5) and the Yankees (3-4) are set to duel in the first match today at 4:30pm, while the Tigers (2-5) and Dodgers (1-5) are slated to meet at 7pm. Tomorrow, there will be three games with the Braves (6-1) taking on the Giants (5-2) at 9:30am, the Padres (6-1) battling the Cardinals at 12:30pm, and the Dodgers colliding against the Yankees at 3:30pm.