First published in the May 19 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Twins 8, Yankees 5 — The Twins clinched first place in the regular season standings with a win over the Yankees. Cayden Doan blasted a home run over the left field fence to lead the Twins’ offense while Twins ace Lars Dietrick pitched nearly a complete game, giving up only two hits with no walks and no earned runs. The Yankees pitching staff of Mark Hiddleson, Paz Jespersen, Colin Neumayer and Mario Leos also turned in a solid combined effort.
Twins 9, Dodgers 2 — The Twins enjoyed a strong bullpen game from pitchers Danny Marrs, Justin Medrano, Ryen Muñoz and Ryden Yamada to defeat the Dodgers. The Twins played a good defensive game, with Graham Wolf making two crucial catches at first base. The Dodgers’ Jonny McAllister had a nice night at the plate, notching three hits to lead his team’s offense.
Yankees 5, East Altadena 3 — Colin Neumayer pitched an impressive complete game to earn the win over East Altadena’s Majors team in interleague action at Donley Field. Third baseman Mark Hiddleson made the defensive play of the game: a shoestring catch and throw to double off the runner diving back to first base. Zachari Tomasello had three hits and two RBIs to lead the offense; Mario Leos, Beckett Seals and Andrew Alexander also had hits for the Yankees. East Altadena rallied back in the bottom of the sixth behind two run-scoring extra-base hits before Neumayer closed the door with a strikeout.
AA Minors Division
A’s 16, Cubs 4 — The A’s took the final game of their season series against the Cubs behind an offensive explosion led by Hridhaan Mittal, Hudson Biggins and Henry Roddick, who each went 3-for-3 and combined for seven RBIs. Henry Gingold and Leo Alexander also had multiple hits and teamed for two more RBIs. The Cubs’ William Campbell had a gold-glove day at third base, catching three line drives. Royce Sanderson belted an RBI triple to center field during the Cubs’ four-run third inning.
A’s 11, Phillies 9 — The A’s closed out the regular season with an 11-9 win over the Phillies at Allendale Park. Christian Anaya hit the game’s big blast: a towering fly ball to right field that fell in for a triple. Joseph Acevedo kept the scoring going with an RBI single. Shortstop Liam Godinez turned in the day’s web gem, catching a hard-hit line drive for a crucial out in the fourth inning. For the Phillies, pitcher Milo Miller went 2-for-2 at the plate and got his team going defensively with an athletic catch to retire the A’s first batter of the game. Bode Allen singled in the third inning and later scored on a hit by Eli Gutierrez, his second hit of the day.
Farm Minors Division
A’s vs. Tigers — The A’s snatched a heroic tie from the jaws of almost certain defeat against the visiting Tigers after Brodie Forrest and Jack Bell ignited a furious four-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth inning with a pair of looping singles into shallow right center field. Cali Cheng, Brady Hinckley, Ilinca Johnston, Maya Patel, Townes Seeley and Wells Banta all got in on the action with critical, late-game RBIs and the A’s pulled even on the game’s final play to thunderous applause from a rowdy crowd under overcast skies at historic Stan Gray Field. The name of the A’s game was defense throughout as Georgia Ochoa, Louisa Smith, James Rowan and Kevin Jiang each turned in marvelous hustle plays to snag a crucial out down the stretch.
Dodgers 20, East Altadena Mudcats 16 — The Dodgers were playing at Allendale and were short-handed, but the six Dodgers who were able to play came through with some spectacular defense. The Boys in Blue were led by Jack Bailey, who made three outs and helped to limit the Mudcats from scoring several times. He also smashed a couple of balls past the infielders. Other Dodgers produced some spectacular hits: Logan Hasbun went 4-for-4 with four hard-hit ground balls; Dawson Jones had three hits and Kingston Dooling had another productive day at the plate. Benjamin Montoya and Sam Eggleston made key plays in the field and hit the ball very hard at the plate.
Tee Ball Division
Timber Rattlers — On offense, Bear Kean continues to hit the ball hard, proving that even though he may be one of the smallest in stature on the team that his bat is still one of the biggest. On defense, Nicky Anzalone made several great stops from the pitcher position, showing his toughness and willingness to fight hard for his team’s benefit.