The Giants gained cushion over two rivals after earning a 12-8 victory over the Cardinals in a make-up game in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Giants improved to a 7-4 record and are in third place in the team standings (pending the results of the two other games last Saturday), ahead of the Yankees (5-6) and the Tigers (5-7). Only the Top 4 teams after the double-round robin elimination will advance to the playoffs.
The make-up match resumed at the top of the fifth inning with the Giants capitalizing on the early struggle of Cardinals pitcher Austin Hocog and Aurel Mendiola to sneak out five turns and turn a 6-5 lead to an 11-5 advantage. With Hocog on the mound, the Giants got two runs off passed balls, while Ray Borja gave the team their third run off an RBI single. Mendiola then came in for Hocog midway at the top of the fifth and walked three. The Giants also had four stolen bases with Mendiola pitching and one gave the former their fifth run, while the fourth was recorded off catcher Jordan Taitano’s error.
The Cardinals got three runs back at the bottom of the fifth inning off two wild pitches and a passed ball, but that was also the last time the team scored, as the Giants held strong on defense in the last two innings.
The Giants booted out the first two Cardinals batters at the bottom of the sixth and with third batter Davie Matagolai in scoring position, the former got the third out with L.J. Sebaklim catching a fly ball from Hocog. The Cardinals tried to score anew in the last inning as they loaded the bases, but T.J. Dela Cruz and Jerry Kintol teamed up in a 5-3 putout play to end the game.
The victory in the make-up game allowed the Giants to recover from a sorry 7-14 loss to the Dodgers (4-7), while the defeat kept the Cardinals winless in 12 games (pending another continuation match against the Padres last Saturday).
Tigers 4, Padres 0
The Tigers also stayed in the hunt for a playoff spot after pulling off an upset over the Padres last Wednesday.
The Tigers utilized three pitchers against the Padres and gave up only five hits. Justin Reyes started out for the Tigers, gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out one in 3.2 innings. Jake Santos was next on the mound and allowed no hits and two walks in 2.1 innings pitch, while Bret Halstead closed out for the Tigers and kept the shutout. With the three pitchers’ steady play and the rest of the Tigers’ defense in place the Padres made it to scoring position only twice and were frustrated each time.
Juan Rabauliman advanced to third at the top of the third after a single, stolen base, and passed ball, but was stuck there when T.J. Sablan caught a fly ball from Leeroy Regis. Leadoff batter Lancaster Secharmidal also reached third in the fourth inning after a walk, stolen base, and passed ball, but Sablan was there on defense again, picking up a line drive from the former’s brother, Virgil, for the third out.
On offense, the Tigers recorded three earned runs with Cedric Ada blasting an RBI single in the first, Jose Lizama singling in Sablan in the second, and J.J. Chong bringing Ada home off a double in the sixth inning. Chong also made it home in the sixth inning off a wild pitch.