Tuesday night at Nutile saw six teams, three games and two bombs!
Dodgers at Padres
The visiting Dodgers started out quickly vs. the defending champs Padres on a cool Tuesday evening, when Darin Shaw, who singled to open the game, was plated after a Charlie Ihrig single.
After Tyler Bernstein knotted the score on a Paolo Caggioni sacrifice in the bottom of the 2d frame, JP Hood scored the first of his three runs after a hustle single, along with Shaw, after a Will Kugeler sharp single to center.
After the Dodgers’ flurry of offense in the top of the 4th inning, when they scored five runs, highlighted by a Thomas Lentine hustle single to keep the momentum going, the Padres stormed back in the home half of the inning when Mike McCarthy, Bernstein and Frankie Fodera reached base and were brought home on sharp hits by James Marshall and Leo Lamont. Rami Flummerfelt was brought in to silence the bats and stem the damage.
Rami helped his own cause in the top of the fifth with a towering solo shot over the left field fence to give the Dodgers some required breathing room as the Padres persisted with a clutch two run single by Brendan Kutylo in the bottom of the sixth before Shaw closed the door, assisted by a nifty play from Kaden Flummerfelt who played a solid backstop for the Dodgers.
Padres starter Jack Lennon recorded 9 Ks, further establishing himself as one of the league’s power pitchers, while Dodgers starter Ihrig mixed his pitches well to keep the Padres off balance in the early frames and was aided by some strong defense, primarily from Kugeler who ended a threat with a terrific play in center field.
Final score; Dodgers 10 Padres 8.
Cardinals at Athletics
The upstart Cardinals (2-1) squared off against the A’s (1-1) on Nutile C on Tuesday night. The Cards struck early with Cormac Burkhart leading the game off with a triple and Eli Krogmeier driving him in. The Richardson brothers each reached base but the Cards rally would only net 2 runs to open the game. The A’s responded, with three consecutive singles from the top of their order from Damon Romanos, BZ DeChristoforo, and Shane Doherty, who each scored in the inning.
The As defense would settle down behind the strong pitching of Romanos, who kept the Cards off the bases in the second and third innings. That was enough for the A’s, who’s offense started to click as they pushed across 5 runs in the second. The action was started again by three consecutive hits including a single by Nate Rotondi and doubles from Christian Grimaldi and Dean Roberts. Following another two runs in the third by the A’s, they handed the ball over to Dean Roberts, who kept the Cards at bay. The Cards wouldn’t go quietly though, as they started the top of the fifth with the top of their order and wound up pushing across five runs while batting around. Burkhart once again set the table for the big inning, but this time hits from Krogmeier and the Richardson brothers added to the rally. The A’s called on Shane Doherty to stop the bleeding, and he responded by getting the final two outs of the inning while leaving the bases loaded.
The A’s got one more insurance run from Nate Rotondi, who led off with a double and manufactured a run by scoring on a wild pitch to push the lead to six runs. The Cards had one more push though, as Moby Meyers led off the sixth with a double. A line drive to center field by the next batter Krogmeier appeared to keep the momentum going but Max Brown delivered a perfect relay to BZ DeChristoforo, who threw out Meyers at home with Damon Romanos applying a fantastic tag. Shane Doherty would get the next batter to pop out to himself; and the game ended with an unassisted putout by the catcher Romanos who hustled to the backstop on a wild pitch and ran back to home to apply the tag for the final out.
The Cardinals wrap up their week against the Red Sox on Thursday; while the As have two more contests in the week, with the next matchup against the Diamondbacks on Thursday followed by a matchup against the Red Sox on Friday.
Diamondbacks at Red Sox:
In the nightcap of three Tuesday night games at Nutile Field, the Diamondbacks and Red Sox put on a great display of pitching and defense, with just enough explosive offense mixed in.
The Diamondbacks struck first with one run in the top of the first as Cole Cassidy, Qole Simson, and Will Brown loaded the bases with no outs. The D’backs put a run on the board with a hard earned, bases loaded walk by Bjorn Tellefsen. In the bottom of the first, Richie Masterpol drew a one out walk and watched from first base as Sam Pandolfo hit a moonshot over the right field fence for his first home run of the season. Jack Silberhorn followed with a triple, but was stranded at third base, as the first inning ended with the Red Sox ahead 2-1.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the third, when Will Bailey led off the inning with a walk, stole second, and came around to score on a double by Masterpol. Masterpol then stole third on ball four to Pandolfo, who alertly advanced to second on the throw. Silberhorn knocked both runners in with a hard single to right field, and later came around to score following singles by Max Wilcken and Harry Condon. After three innings, the Red Sox lead was 6-1.
The Diamondbacks got back on the board in the top of the fourth as Octavio Marino, Cassidy, Simson, and Brown all reached base. With the bases loaded and one out, Grady Sullivan took over on the mound and struck out the next two batters to escape the jam. The Dbacks now found themselves trailing 6-2.
With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Sullivan hustled down the line to beat out an infield single and came around to score when Masterpol blasted another double to the right field fence. Sullivan worked a perfect fifth inning on the mound, and Tim Dean pitched a 1-2-3 sixth to finish off a 7-2 victory for the Red Sox.
For the Diamondbacks, Cole Cassidy and Justin Guidara both pitched an exceptional game, and shortstop Liam Strendardo was the defensive star. Pandolfo and Jovic Stachelski also pitched effectively for the Red Sox.
Next up for these two teams: the D’backs will battle the A’s, while the Red Sox tussle with the Cardinals, both on Thursday night.