Three games filled the docket on Thursday at Nutile; at the end of the night the Majors had a three way tie at the top of the standings.
Game 1 featured the White Sox vs. the Red Sox with young Jack Silberhorn facing off against William Fiorentino on the hill. The Red Sox struck first with a run in the opening frame thanks to singles by Jack Allen (3 hits and 3 runs scored on the night) and Silberhorn (also 3 hits). The White Sox got a 2-run triple from Axel Osborn in the first, a Mitchell Collins 2-run single in the second and jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two innings. The top of the Red Sox lineup would produce a 3 run third inning thanks in part to a sharp Richie Masterpol RBI single to left field. Adrian Lupien singled to start a 4th inning White Sox rally which included singles from Nathan Wan and Fiorentino and a 3 run triple from Collins. Fiorentino departed after 4 innings and gave way to Noah Seitz in the 5th and Nathan Wan in the 6th to close out an 11-6 White Sox victory. Masterpol and Chris Sprague both pitched well in relief for the Red Sox.
Over on Field A, the Padres and the Cardinals squared off. The Padres had the bats rolling from the get go as Tyler Bernstein produced from the leadoff spot and sparked a few offensive outbursts in what turned out to be a 20 run Padres effort. Michael Condron got the start and was efficient for the Pads. Carter Meyer finished it off on the hill and helped himself in starting an impressive 1-6-3 double play.
In the night cap, the A’s played the Dodgers with Daniel Driscoll on the hill for the As and Nitin Muniappan pitching for the Dodgers. The As rallied heavily in the second inning and jumped out to a 10 run lead which they held through four innings. They also played some efficient defense. In the fifth, the Dodgers got rolling and cut the lead to 11-8. They carried the momentum into the 6th after Brendan Bock retired the As in the 5th but Nick Penicaud came in for the As and shut the door with a 13 pitch clean 6th inning for the victory.
At the end of the night, the Padres, Dodgers and White Sox were all tied in the standings with records of 5-2. Believe it or not, the regular season is also at its midpoint for these three teams. The Padres will face the White Sox at 7:00 pm Friday while the A’s and O’s play at 5:00 pm and the Red Sox and Dbacks play at 5:30 pm.