First published in the May 5 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Royals 5, Dodgers 4 – The Royals were led by Luke Crahan, who pitched two scoreless innings and struck out five. Owen James and Tristan Sankey each had a hit for the Royals in the win. The Dodgers held the Royals to five runs with some stellar pitching from Jonny McAlister, Emmett Vogl, and Parker Hasbun. Zach “The Bat” Tomasello had another great day at the plate with a single, RBI, and a run scored.
Expos 7, Dodgers 4 – The Dodgers got two hits from Zach Tomasello and one hit from Emmett Vogl. The Expos were led by Greyson Graham, who is having a stellar year at the plate. He went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and also pitched three innings, giving up three runs while striking out nine Dodgers. Matthew Schulman closed the game out for the Expos, pitching one inning and striking out the side.
Twins 5, Royals 3 – The Twins extended their winning streak to five games as Lars Dietrick went 2-for-2 at the plate while pitchers Danny Marrs, Ryen Muñoz, and Cayden Doan combined to hold the Royals to three hits. For the Royals, pitchers Owen James and Luke Crahan also turned in solid performances on the mound; James had four strikeouts and Crahan allowed only one earned run.
Twins 10, Dodgers 4 – Twins pitchers Ryden Yamada and Danny Marrs combined for a great night on the mound, striking out 10 Dodgers. Colin Gray turned in a strong defensive performance for the Twins at both first and third bases while Dodgers Zachari Tomasello, Parker Hasbun and Edo Marom made nice plays in the infield. Emmett Vogl and Dominic Rodriguez led the Dodgers’ offense, with Vogl notching two hits and Rodriguez belting a double in the fourth inning and leading the Dodgers’ offense with three RBIs.
Twins 10, Sierra Madre Cubs 4 – The Twins continued their four-game winning streak with a victory over the Sierra Madre Cubs in interleague play on Saturday night. The Twins had an impressive 14 hits with Justin Medrano going an stellar 4-for-4 at the plate. The Twins’ pitching staff effectively stymied an excellent Cubs offense thanks to help from strong fielding, as Jensen Yonai-Ynzunza made two crucial catches in right field.
Farm Minors Division
A’s vs. Pirates – Townes Seeley fueled a high-powered offensive performance by the visiting A’s during their morning tilt against a motivated Pirates squad at McKinley Field. Seeley finished a sterling 4-for-4 on the day, highlighted by a pair of towering doubles that landed deep in center field and sparked a pair of furious rallies. Jack Bell and Ilinca Johnston kept the bats burning, each notching a quartet of singles and scoring twice as this high-scoring affair, and James Rowan refused to be cowed by the pressure when he whacked a critical single with two outs and the bases loaded in that pivotal fourth inning. Coach Tim’s steady, consistent and laser-accurate pitching deserves an honorable mention for igniting the A’s offensive machine and then never once letting off the gas.
AA Minors Division
A’s 21, Angels 17 – The A’s held on to beat the Angels in a high-scoring affair at Allendale Park. Jonah Gelberg’s four hits, including a triple, paced the offense for the A’s. Kayden Isagholian added three hits and the game’s standout defensive play, an outfield assist to Augie Bowron for a tagout at third base. The Angels mounted a furious comeback in the bottom of the fifth inning that fell just short. Emmett Windass’s three-run double and Christian Zambrana’s RBI single, his fourth hit of the day, kept the game close for the Angels.
Timber Rattlers: “Hammerin’ Hank” Girardi continued with his impressive hitting performance on the season and continues to smoke ground balls that rocket to the outfield. Calvin Sobul smacked several hard ground balls that made their way through a wall of infielders all the way to the outfield as he continues to improve each week. Meanwhile, First baseman Wyatt Hunt blocked or caught every throw that came his way. Maksim Gukov showed great toughness in making sure no ground ball made its way past him as he used all his determination to block the balls and then fire them over to first base.
Rockhounds vs. Muckdogs – Bleary-eyed parents chugged coffee while tomorrow’s men and women churned with energy to spare. Athletic alliteration abounded as the Rockhounds’ dynamic duo of Ariana and Avery and the Muckdogs’ Laszlo, Leo and Lucas launched humdinger after humdinger into the cheap seats.