After another week of Minor League play, the Cubs continue to lead the pack with a perfect 4-0 record.
The Cubs cling to a half-game lead over the Cardinals, who are 4-1; however, both clubs have distanced themselves from the other four teams in the standings.
The Red Sox, at 3-3, were just a half-game behind the Cubs last week and in a three-way tie for second place before dropping two, one-run games, against the Cubs and Cardinals.
In their first game of the week last Tuesday, the Red Sox put two on the board in the top of the fourth inning and brought themselves to within one run before two plays at the plate and a strikeout by Cardinals closing pitcher Tavin Hamilton ended the game. Cardinals middle reliever Colton Conklin earned the win.
Three nights later the Red Sox rode a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning largely courtesy of a two-run triple off the bat of Declan McGarry in the third inning. However, the Cubs responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. The lead change was the third of the game but it proved to be the final change as the game ended in a Cubs 5-4 win.
In that Friday game the Cubs’ Micah Ivens drove in one of the runs in the last inning with a hard ground ball up the middle and the other two were scored off of passed balls.
The Red Sox’s hard luck ended on Saturday when they reversed fortune and edged the Diamondbacks by a run and put them in sole possession of third in the standings.
The Red Sox trailed 11-5 until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Tadgh Geary, Zach Staudenmayer and Sebastian Hall strung some base hits together and set the stage for Ryan Rintala’s game-winning double.
With the loss the Diamondbacks dropped to 2-3 and into fifth, just below the Pirates at 2-2.
The Pirates hung tough through four innings against the Cardinals on Thursday. The score was 4-2 in favor of the Cardinals before the Pirates ran into pitching issues and ended up losing 13-2. The Cardinals poured on nine runs in the final inning as a light rain came down.
Cardinal Sam Marr did the most damage in the top of the fifth inning when he knocked in three runs off his double to right-center field. The Cardinals’ four pitchers in the game only allowed one hit, a blast into left center field that the Pirates Christian McCabe turned into a triple. Pitchers Hamilton, Jace Borden, Damon Parisi and Dillon Kane combined on the one hitter.
In the Pirates’ other game of the week on Saturday, their bats were much more effective with 12 hits; however, the hits only converted to six runs and left them trailing the A’s 12-6 in a game that was suspended after three and a half innings due to snow. The A’s effort behind starting pitcher Wyatt Peek has them in a great position for their first win of the season. The last half inning has yet to be scheduled.
The A’s other game earlier in the week was a 18-8 loss to the Cubs. Jordyn Jensen led that offensive onslaught with an RBI triple and two-run double.
Truckee Little League Minor Division play continues with games every night during the week and three games on Saturday. All games take place at Meadow Park Lower Field. Schedules, standings and results are all available at www.truckeelittleleague.com.