Playoffs beckon the first week of June, and the final week of regular season games before Memorial Day promise to bring even more action to Boyle Park and Friends Field. In Majors, the A’s and White Sox are tied atop the standings; in Minors, the Tigers and Diamondbacks are tied for the top spot; and in Minors AAA, the KC Monarchs and Grays are tied for first. To the action:
Red Sox 7, Giant 3 — Lana Wihlborg, Trey Sasso, Lukas Welter and Jacob Razon each had two-hit days, while Razon threw 3 and 1/3 innings and Welter struck out six in 2 and 2/3 to close it out for the winners. For the Giants, Thomas Strong hit a two-run double. The Red Sox used a critical double play to stifle a Giants rally, with Trey Sasso tagging out Strong at home plate.
A’s 14, Tigers 4 — Ryder Weber and Finn Reilly led the way on the mound for the A’s, and the green and gold rode hitting contributions from Justin Merlin (triple, double), and Sean Miller and Anthony Murphy, who each doubled as part of a two-hit day. Reilly added a triple for the winners. For the Tigers, Luke Nurney pitched two strong innings, and Asa Abedin and Theo Adam each doubled. Hudson Williams flashed the leather at shortstop for the Tigers, and Weber made a running catch for the A’s.
Brewers 12, Sausalito Pirates 2 — Bradley Marshall went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and threw three innings of one-run ball to lead the winners. Connor Grant also went 3-for-3 with two doubles, and Dane Migliori added two RBIs. For the Pirates, Kenjo Vogt went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI. Boston Pratt had two hits and scored two runs.
Brewers 3, Red Sox 2 — Dane Migliori threw three shutout innings and struck out six to lead the winners, while teammates Seamus Mauer (hit, RBI) and Cameron Sadow (hit, RBI, run scored) helped on offense. Bradley Marshall closed the game by striking out the side in the sixth. For the Red Sox, Jacob Razon and Lukas Welter combined to pitch five strong innings, and Trey Sasso had an RBI double.
White Sox 12, Tigers 7 — Henry Tuttle had three hits for the winners, while teammates Milo Franklin, Benicio Sur and Ben Richardson each added two hits. Henry Edwards whiffed six in three innings, and Brody Perkins, JT Cochrane and Franklin contributed on the mound, as well. For the Tigers, Keegan Heidenreich hit a triple and Hudson Williams smacked a double.
MVLL MAJORS STANDINGS, as of 5/23
White Sox 10-2
Red Sox 5-7
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3 — Finn Kroeker doubled, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ty Cerne for a key walk-off win that figured largely in the Minors standings.
Tigers 15, Nationals 10 — Hawken Brier, Kevin Boswell, Bode Van Pelt and Oliver Watkins each had multi-hit games for the Tigers. Brier went 3-3 with two doubles, Boswell went 2-for-2, Van Pelt went 2-for-3 with a clutch two-run single with the bases loaded, and Watkins stayed hot by going 2-for-2. Ethan Cann pitched a scoreless inning and struck out the side. Tyson Kent and Frankie Foster each had two-hit games, and Cameron Koo had a key hit.
Diamondbacks 12, TPLL Phillies 9 — Ty Cerne and James Bryan combined to pitch three scoreless innings and the D-Backs hit five doubles as part of a 13-hit day.
Giants 5, Nationals 2 — Austin Miller, Adam Mortimer, Oliver Churcher and Roberto Santo Domingo led the way on the mound, while Santo Domingo, Churcher, Mortimer and Dillon Powell had multi-hit days for the winners. For the Nats, Thomas Moriarty, Tyson Kent and Asher Abedin each had a hit.
Giants 14, TP Phillies 13 — Adam Mortimer went 4-for-4 and caught the final pop-up as the Giants escaped a bases-loaded jam to win a thriller. Austin Miller, Massimo Castellano and Oliver Churcher each had multi-hit days as the Giants piled up 14 hits.
Tigers 13, Pirates 4 — Hawken Brier (two hits, RBI), Oliver Watkins (two hits, three RBIs), and Mackie Ippolito (double) led the offense for the Tigers. Watkins added a highlight catch in left field. Niki Welter had two hits and three RBIs and struck out six in two innings for the Pirates,
MVLL Minors Standings
KC Monarchs 14, Tiburon Rockies 5 — Griffin Jackson went 3-for-4 and pitched a scoreless inning, Jacob DiPippa had three hits and four RBIs and Forrest Slavin pitched a scoreless inning for the winners. Rory Murphy threw two shutout innings and struck out four, while Victoria Rice, Kai Hollander and Sebastian Asensio had key hits for the Monarchs.
Twins 10, Tiburon Reds 0 — Noah Schick, Oscar Walker, Boden Meadow and Levi Weber combined on the shutout, with Schick striking out five. Levi Weber smacked a double and a triple for the Twins, who received the play of the day when center fielder Philip Walker made a diving catch with the bases loaded and turned it into an inning-ending double play.
Grays 12, Cubs 7 — Thomas Gougion came in to pitch a scoreless 6th inning for the Grays, while Davis Marshall, Dylan Roth and Brodie Williams also pitched for the winners. Williams, Jack Lee and Fox Faulkner had multiple hits for the Grays while Graz Cerchiai and Leo Tenenbown had extra base hits. For the Cubs, Oscar Karlen went 3 for 3 with two doubles.
Royals 7, Orioles 3 — Remi Thill had a hit and two RBIs and Nixon Laird pitched two scoreless innings and turned an unassisted double play to lead the Royals.
KC Monarchs 10, Grays 9 — The Monarchs overcame deficits of 6-0 and 9-5 in a thriller and scored five in the bottom of the 4th, led by key hits from Holger Laurin, Jacob DiPippa and Forrest Slavin, to take the lead. Slavin (three RBIs) and DiPippa (two RBIs) each had two-hit days. Rory Murphy closed it by striking out the side. For the Grays, Brodie Williams threw two shutout innings and struck out five, and Davis Marshall smacked a key two-run double.
Twins 11, Tiburon Rangers 3 — Oscar Walker struck out five in two innings, while Noah Schick, Levi Weber, Walker and Boden Medow each had multi-RBI games.
Tiburon Reds 10, Royals 5 — Nixon Laird pitched two scoreless innings and Remi Thill went 2 for 3 with a single, a double and 2 RBIs.
Tiburon Rangers 15, Sausalito Giants 5 — Tyler Spaulding (triple) and Ryan Dupuis (double) each had multi-hit games. Adrian Harden pitched two scoreless innings for the Rangers.
Twins 13, Tiburon Rockies, 2 — Evan Wolly and Levi Weber threw out runners from the catcher’s position, while Noah Schick, Philip Walker, Boden Medow (two RBIs) and Levi Weber (three RBIs) had multi-hit days.
MVLL Minors AAA Standings
KC Monarchs 10-2