The Dodgers broke out of slump after outclassing the Yankees, 13-7, in the second game in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Dodgers, who dropped their last three games, capitalized on the Yankees’ errors and struggles on the mound in the last three innings to return to the win column and improve to a 2-5 record. The Yankees also absorbed their fifth loss, but had one more victory then the Dodgers.
Holding a precarious 2-1 lead after three and a half innings, the Dodgers gained some cushion at the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs. Three of those runs came off the Yankees’ errors, while the other was courtesy of Jhace Palacios’ RBI single for the Dodgers’ 6-1 advantage.
The Dodgers made it a 10-1 count at the bottom of the fifth, as they held the Yankees scoreless for the second straight inning and four in the first five. The Dodgers got one run off a Yankees miscue, two from wild pitches, and one from Thai Deleon Guerrero’s single.
The Yankees, who got their first run in the third inning from a Dodgers error at second base, finally hit the board anew, gaining two runs off the Dodgers’ booboos and an RBI double from Tenorio, to stay in the game, 4-10.
However, the Dodgers quickly got the three runs back at the bottom of the sixth, as this time they scored two runs off passed balls and one run off a Yankees error. The Yankees shuffled four pitchers from the fourth to sixth inning and with none of them getting into their rhythm, the Dodgers managed to get the needed runs to end their skid.
The Dodgers went on to secure the victory, as after closer Brian Camacho gave up three runs on passed ball with one out and a runner on first base, he caught a fly ball from Brandon Dela Cruz and then struck out Greg Iskawa.
Incidentally, the Dodgers’ first victory of the season also came at the expense of the Yankees, as the former eked out 3-1 triumph in their Aug. 24 match.
Meanwhile, the league is back on a wait-and-see mode this week due to the bad weather. Last Monday, it rained hard an hour before the Padres and Giants took the diamond, which was left soggy and unplayable by the repeated heavy showers. Last week, all games were cancelled and matches in the second round only resumed last Saturday.