Two weeks into the return of baseball at Boyle Park, and the standings are beginning to take shape. In the Majors, the A’s and Giants both sport unblemished records and are headed for a fun early season matchup on Saturday, May 1. In the Minors, both the Diamondbacks and Tigers lead the way with 3-1 marks. And in Minors AAA, the Royals are unbeaten at 3-0-1 to head the pack. To the action:
Giants 2, Red Sox 1 —Thomas Strong stroked a two-run single in the first inning, and it held up because of outstanding pitching from Liam Laird and Nick Rasic. The Red Sox received good pitching from Lukas Welter and Jacob Razon.
A’s 7, Tigers 0 — Carson Farmer had a four-hit day, Ryder Weber knocked three hits, and Sean Miller and Anthony Murphy had two hits each to lead the winners. On the mound, Weber, Farmer, Finn Reilly and Gael O’Brien combined on the shutout, with 12 strikeouts. For the Tigers, Henry Holbrook smashed a triple, Hudson Williams doubled and Williams made a diving grab at shortstop.
White Sox 4, Yankees 3 — The White Sox came back from 3-0 as Ben Richardson, Benicio Suh, Nash Benford and Will Gracey each scored runs. The Pale Hose also benefitted from strong pitching by JT Cochrane, Henry Edwards, Milo Franklin and closer Henry Tuttle.
Brewers 5, SMC Pirates 1 — Dillon Fahey hit a home run, Dane Migliori nocked in two and Connor Grant struck out six in two innings.
White Sox 2, Brewers 0 —JT Cochrane, Henry Tuttle, Henry Edwards and Dylan Murphy led the way on the mound, while Ben Richardson, Will Zuercher and Brody Perkins added some offense for the winners.
Giants 8, Yankees 7 (7 innings) — The Giants came back from a 6-0 deficit to win in extras, despite Brayden Clifford going 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the Yankees.
A’s 7, SMC Pirates 2 — The A’s received offense from Luca Masdea, Braydon Balinski, Liam Coyle and Justin Merlin, and rode the arms of Ryder Weber, Gael O’Brien, Carson Farmer and Sean Miller. Miller struck out six. The Pirates saw Kenjo Vogt double and single, and received hits from Bear Eggers and Boston Pratt.
Diamondbacks 10, TPLL Orioles 9 — A doozy of a game saw seven lead changes and didn’t end until Carleton Hackett stroked a two-out, bases-loaded walk-off double for the D’Backs. Hackett had two doubles on the day. Kevin Thacher struck out four in two innings for the winners, who also received solid defense late in the game.
Pirates 12, Nationals 4 — Liam Winn knocked in three runs for the Pirates, Sidney Hakanson knocked in two and William Palmer and Niki Welter each had two hits. Palmer added two RBIs. Niki Welter fanned five in two innings for the winners. Cillian Flahive led the Nats offense, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Miller Weir struck out five for the Nationals on the mound.
Tigers 12, Rockies 10 — Kevin Boswell, Hawken Brier and Miles McGarry led the offensive attack for the Tigers, each having 2 hits apiece. For the Rockies, Sam Marcus went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Ari Baker went 2-for-2, also with two RBIs.
Rockies 8, Nationals 8 (tie) — Cillian Flahive hit a bases-loaded triple and sprinted home himself to finish an inside-the-park grand slam in a wild game that didn’t end until the Nats’ Asher Abedin struck out the final hitter with the potential winning run at third. For the Rockies, Conner Stewart and Griffin Newby pitched well. For the Nats, Tyson Kent and Tommy Moriarty led the offense and Weston Kellogg pitched well.
Diamondbacks 14, Pirates 9 — Ty Cerne threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts for the winners, while teammates Kevin Thacher (two doubles), Hayes Hyman (triple) and Dawson Dietrich shined at the plate. Nate Lee and Niki Welter pitched well for the Pirates, and Welter went 3-for-4.
Tigers 9, TPLL Phillies 7 — In a back-and-forth affair, Bode Van Pelt closed the door with two shutout innings to close, retiring six straight, five by strikeout. Ethan Cann led the offensive attack for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Orioles 9, Grays 6 — Jacques Lane broke open a tight game with his first triple of the season, and Hudson Wayne closed it out on the mound.
KC Monarchs 6, Twins 5 — Victoria Rice scored the winning run on a throwing error to cap a six-run comeback for the KC Monarchs, who trailed 5-0 in the 5th. In the comeback, Griffin Jackson hit a double and scored, Parker Marlin singled and scored, Forrest Slavin singled and scored and Chance Donahue hit a two-run single. Donahue also threw two shutout innings. For the Twins, Levi Weber struck out five in two scoreless innings and went 3-for-3 with a double, while Brandyn Schrobilgen smacked two doubles.
Royals 11, SMC Giants 4 — Chance Crawford-Thomas pitched a scoreless inning and went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Cubs 7, TPLL Rangers 1 — Liam O’Keefe, Kadin Mokari and Sam Farnell each had two hits for the Cubs, and Gray Getty pitched two innings of one-run ball for the winners. Tyler Spalding pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the Rangers while Ryan Dupuis had a hit and a walk.
Orioles 4, TPLL Reds 1 — Austen Katz, Laird Goldman, Ronan Coyne and Ty Wallace provided the offensive power for the O’s.
Grays 13, SMC Giants 1 — Grays pitchers Leo Tenenbown, Michael Kievman, Jack Lee and Dylan Roth held the Giants to one run, while Graziano Cerchiai, Fox Faulkner, Jack Lee, Davis Marshall and Brodie Williams had extra base hits for the Grays.
Royals 8, Twins 8 (tie) — The Twins rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to end the game in a tie, as Noah Schick, Levi Weber and Brandyn Schrobilgen had multiple hits for the Twins. James Read delivered a key hit for the Twins, and Philip Walker delivered clutch base running to tie the game. For the Royals, Remi Thill had three hits, and Max Barad had two hits, while Nixon Laird and Leo Rockett pitched well.
KC Monarchs 5, Cubs 3 — Jacob DiPippa went 3-for-3 and closed the game with two shutout innings for the winners. Rory Murphy tripled, scored and pitched two innings of one-run ball and Chance Donahue smacked a key two-run single. Maxwell Lee doubled, Kai Hollander had a clutch RBI and Victoria Rice struck out the side in one inning on the mound. For the Cubs, Reid Holbrook threw two shutout innings and scored two runs.