The Dodgers pulled off an upset over the Giants, 14-7, during last Tuesday’s game in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
An 8-run bottom of the fifth inning catapulted the Dodgers to victory—their fourth in 11 games—while the Giants dropped to a 6-4 mark.
Before the Dodgers uprising the game was tied, 5-5, after four and a half innings. Then at the bottom fifth, the Dodgers countered with four earned runs, one stolen home, and three runs off the Giants miscues. Relief pitcher Nathan Camacho collected two RBIs and went 2-for-2 in that inning alone. All the Dodgers players on the batting lineup stepped on the plate and seven of the nine batters reached home with Jonathan Cabrera even scoring twice, giving the team a 13-5 advantage.
The Giants, who gained two runs in the first and three in the fourth before going having a slump in next two innings, made it to the board anew at the top of the sixth. T.J. Dela Cruz had a sacrifice fly, while the other run came off a fielder’s choice to keep the Giants in the game.
However, the Dodgers got one run back with Johan Flores reaching home off catcher K.J. De Leon Guerrero’s error and they sealed the win one inning early, as the Giants’s first three batters were booted out. L.J. Sebaklim and Ray Borka flied out, while Franklin Lizama was beaten to first on a run down play.
Camacho led the Dodgers with his 2-for-3 performance at bat, three RBIs and one run, while Jhace Palacios went 3-for-5 and added one RBI and two runs. Jesse Brel hit 2-for-4 for the Giants and tallied two runs and a double.
Tigers 4, Cardinals 3
Also improving to a 4-7 record were the Tigers, who nipped the Cardinals in last Monday’s game.
The Tigers stole the victory after scoring two runs off the Cardinals miscues at the bottom of the seventh inning.
The last inning started with Cardinals pitcher Aurel Mendiola walking Jared Ayuyu, who was later tagged out to second base. Justin Santos was next at bat, singled and made it all the way home off Davie Matagolai’s error at third base after fourth batter Keene Deleon Guerrero let go a wild pitch. Third baseman and third batter Jose Lizama also reached off a Cardinals’ booboo, as he ran home and catcher Jordan Taitano fumbled.
The winning run was Lizama’s second, as he stole home earlier at the bottom of the third inning, while Ricardo Dela Cruz notched the second run, also off a stolen home, in the fourth inning. Vincent Taman scored the first run for the Cardinals off a passed ball and the team went on to take the lead at the top of the fifth inning with Mendiola reaching home off another passed ball and Matagolai gaining the third run courtesy of the Tigers’ error.
Neither team managed to score in the sixth inning, as the Cardinals had runners stranded on first and second and the Tigers’ Cedric Ada was left at third after Bret Halstead flied out. Then at the top of the seventh, the Cardinals lost another opportunity to gain more cushion against the Tigers when Matagolai was stranded at third after Mendiola was caught stealing second for the third out.