In another back-and-forth tussle, the Padres stayed alive in a 7-6 win and eliminated the Astros in the Pajaro Valley Little League Playoffs.
The Astros took an early 3-0 lead with a solo run in the first and two in the second. Luke Meyers led the game off with a triple, scoring on a Pad’s error for the first inning marker. In the second, the Astros tallied two more when Michael Baum scored courtesy of a bases-loaded walk, followed by Joshua Yannone scoring via a Harrison Zischke single.
The Pads’ batts came alive in their half of the second, scoring four times to take their first lead of the game. After Thomas Avila singled to start the inning and later scoring via a one-out bases full walk, Ryan Lewis singled to right center, driving in two more runs. James Sandoval, who was on first, also scored on the play when he alertly dashed home as the relay throw from the outfield was momentarily held up by an Astro infielder.
After a scoreless third and fourth, the Astros managed to retake the lead with three fifth-inning runs which came as a result of the sequence of a Padres miscue, a walk, a fielder’s choice, another walk and a second error for the 6-4 margin.
The Padres were not to be denied, however, coming right back in the home half with three runs of their own. Dylan Kane began the comeback with a single. With one out, two consecutive hit batsmen followed by three straight walks gave the Padres their three runs and the 7-6 lead.
The Pads now advance to another ‘stay alive’ game Tuesday versus the Cubs.
In other Pajaro Valley Little League Playoff action:
• Cubs 9, Braves 8: In a slugfest between two teams which had the top two regular season records, the Braves came out on the short end.
The Braves took a quick 3-0 lead in the home first when, with one run already in via an error, Andrew Seymour slugged a two-run homer.
After a scoreless second inning, the Cubs’ offense erupted for five runs and took the lead. Key at bats in the inning were an RBI double by Dylan Vargas, a run-scoring groundout by Jacob Haney and a two-run blast off the bat of Grant Lawrence which gave the Cubs the 5-3 lead.
The Braves came right back in the home third to tie it. Ryan Rivera closed the gap with an RBI single, which scored Isaish Bocanegra, with Aaron Soto also scoring on the same play to tie it up due to a Cub miscue.
The Cubs answered right back with a two-run fourth, courtesy of Chris Stanton’s RBI double and Jacob Haney’s run-scoring single, to retake a 7-5 lead.
After a quiet fifth inning, the Cubs tacked on two more for a 9-5 margin when Vargas added another RBI with a groundout, followed by Stanton scoring on a wild pitch.
The Braves battled back in the home sixth to make it close. Garret Laine doubled in one run and Ryan Rivera doubled in two to close the gap to 9-8.
After a walk put runners at first and second, the game then ended in dramatic fashion on a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play of a Braves runner attempting to steal third base. With the win, the Cubs advance to another do-or-die contest versus the Padres Tuesday.
•Yankees 16, Astros 14: In a never-say-die battle, which lasted 3 hours, 19 minutes, the A’s became the first AAA team to be eliminated from contention, going down to the Yankees 16-14 in extra innings on Monday.
The Yankees jumped out to a 9-3 lead after two and a half innings before the A’s made a stirring comeback.
Down six runs, the green and gold closed the gap to 9-7 thanks to an RBI by Julio Renteria and a two-run hit off the bat of Nathaniel Dillard.
In the fourth, the A’s then put up five runs for their first and only lead of the game at 12-9. Joziah Ibarra’s run-scoring hit gave his mates the lead at 10-9. Three batters later, Renteria drove in his second run of the game for the three-run cushion.
The eventual victors then began their comeback with a solo tally in the fifth before tying the score at 12 with two in the sixth.
Brandon George and Jo Jo Diaz, who had each reached on walks to start the inning, both scored when the next batter, Diego Gomez, got on base on an A’s error.
After a quiet home sixth, the Yanks retook the lead with a four run seventh. With two out and two on, Riley Gomez came through with a clutch two-run triple and was promptly brought in by a Brandon George triple. Brandon scored on the same sequence via an A’s miscue.
The Yankees stay alive for a contest versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.
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