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With the completion of Thursday night’s games, the Majors regular season has reached the half way point.  On Thursday, the A’s continued their winning ways with another 1 run victory, this time against the Padres, to move their record to 6-1.  The White Sox kept pace with the As record wise by downing the Red Sox, 10-3 on Nutile A.  The Orioles have started a winning streak as they beat the Cardinals on B.  And the Dodgers bested the Diamondbacks in early action on C.


Padres at A’s

The A’s and Padres squared off on Thursday night in what proved to be another tight contest.  After an efficient inning on the hill for Daniel Driscoll in the top of the first, the A’s came out swinging in the bottom half, logging 5 hits in the inning.  They plated their first run with a double by Shane Doherty to centerfield that scored their leadoff hitter Damon Romanos.   But the string of singles that followed from Daniel Driscoll, Nate Rotondi, and Wyatt Mauras only produced two more runs as the Padres managed to contain the damage.  Driscoll would turn in another efficient inning in the second, sending the Padres down 1-2-3.

The A’s again got the offense going, with singles from Dean Roberts, a HBP by Daniel Lucid, and consecutive singles from Romanos and DeChristoforo.   But Ben Sauerman won a multi-pitch battle against Doherty with the bases loaded by getting a line out to short.   A nice play on a fly ball to left by Driscoll limited the scoring to only one run.   The A’s seemed in control after jumping out to a 4-0 lead, but the Padres lineup took advantage of walks to Luke Seitz and Frankie Fodora, who would both come around to score.   Leo Lamont had the key hit for the Padres, who would send across four runs to tie the game after 3.

The game was tight the rest of the way, with the A’s regaining the lead after Rotondi would come around to score following a double to right centerfield.  But the Padres answered right back, with Ben Sauerman hitting a triple to score Michael McCarthy who had reached on an error.  But 10 year old Max Brown, who had come on in relief of Driscoll, would strand Sauerman at third by striking out the next two batters.  A 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth would keep the tie scored at 5.   And Brown would continue to deal – with two more strikeouts in the top of the 5th and a fine play by Romanos on a Lamont lined drive to second that stranded Fodora, the go ahead run, at third.

With the score still tied in the bottom of the 5th, DeChristoforo led off with a HBP and would come around to score after a hard line drive double down the left field line by Driscoll. But McCarthy then retired the next two hitters and they moved onto the 6th.  Down one, the Padres caught a break when leadoff hitter Brendan Kutylo reached on an error.   But a fine play by 3B Rotondi on the next hitter erased Kutylo at second and Max Brown finished off the job by retiring the next two hitters to log his first W of the year.

The A’s move to 6-1 in advance of a three game set next week while the Padres dropped to 3-4.


Orioles vs. Diamondbacks

Thursday, May 12th offered up plenty of solid defense and pitching as the Orioles defeated the Diamondbacks 7-3 on Nutile B.

On the mound for the Orioles was Brendan Carson who pitched 4 and 2/3rd scoreless innings while striking out 8 in a fantastic effort. Taking the ball for the Diamondbacks was promising 10U Cole Simpson who went 4 innings while only giving up 2 runs.

The Orioles took an early lead in the first inning when River Maclin hit a 2 run bomb over the “Silver Monster” in left. The game stayed at 2-0 until the 5th inning when the Orioles were able to put 3 more on the board led by singles from Maclin and Carlos Nouel and a triple from Brendan Carson. The Orioles momentum continued into the 6th with hits from Gus Toomey, Jack Usera, and a big double from Owen Katz.

The Diamondbacks would not go down quietly putting together a rally in the 6th against closer Ben Adams.  Ben Mucci started the inning with a single followed by singles from Simpson and Sternardo. With the score 7-3 and bases loaded, the game ended with a magnificent double play executed by Noah Biel at first base who made a perfect throw home for the third out of the inning.

The Orioles complete a solid week with 2 wins bringing their record to 2-5 as the Diamondbacks fall to 1-6.

Red Sox at White Sox:

On Nutile A, the Red Sox pushed a run across in the top of the first thanks to a Sam Pandolfo single and a fielder’s choice from Max Wilcken.  The White Sox evened the score in the bottom half of the inning as William Fiorentino came around on a Ben Ragosa sharp double to left and an Adrian Lupien groundout.

Fiorentino settled in for the White Sox in the second and third innings on the mound as his teammates continued to score runs.  Dylan Murtie, Billy Byrne and Fiorentino all scored in the second thanks to 4 walks and an error by the Red Sox.  In the 3rd, the White Sox added 3 more.  Evan Wilson and Leo D’Agostino set the table for a Nathan Wan double to deep left and RBI hits from Murtie and Byrne.  10 year old Byrne reached safely in all 3 plate appearances on the night and scored two runs for the White Sox.

The Red Sox got 2 unearned runs in the 4th as the White Sox had some troubles in the field.  Jack Silberhorn and Wilcken crossed the plate for the Red Sox.  Fiorentino gave way to Wan who closed out the inning.

Wan was very efficient in relief as he turned away the Red Sox in the 5th and 6th innings.  A Lupien double in the last of the 5th and some nifty Byrne base running added insurance runs for the White Sox.

Richie Masterpol, Jovic Stachelski and Pandolfo all pitched for the Red Sox on the night.