Whoa, 26 hits in just two games for the rookie leagues, and unsurprisingly both come up winners.
A seven-inning game with a lot of hits for the Good Guys leads to a two-run win. The ACL Sox had 11 hits on the day, five of which were for extra bases. Top 2021 draft picks Colson Montgomery and Wes Kath had two hits each, along with Terrell Tatum. Kath actually had a triple today, his second in the ACL. He has fallen off since his early successes, but is looking to turn things around with a three-game hitting streak. With Montgomery, his two hits keep up a trend since the start of the month. He is slashing .364/.462/.409 since September 1. Sure, Colson isn’t showing much pop at the moment, but a .462 OBP is nothing to sneeze at.
On the pitching front, well it was good enough, and started out well. Tommy Sommer cruised through the three innings, but then struggled in the fourth and allowed two runs. The bullpen struggled after that with two more runs allowed and some poor command, with four walks in three innings. But six runs from the ACL Sox were difficult to overcome.
In an offensive onslaught, the DSL Sox won, 11-5, as seven of the nine batters in the starting lineup recorded hits. Cesar Jiménez and Luis Pineda led the way, with three hits each. The vast majority of the 15 hits were singles, but Jiménez did come away with a double. Victor Quezada had a good day at the plate as well: He reached base four separate times, and stole a base as well. As a team, there were seven stolen bases, so the offense was active in the batter’s box and on the base paths.
For the pitching, it could have been worse, but the offense made whatever struggles not matter as much. The hurlers allowed 11 hits, and walked eight batters on top of that — it was pretty amazing to hold San Diego to just five runs. Emerson Talavera struggled for what really was the first time. He was only able to come away with five outs, while allowing nine batters to reach base. He was able to keep it at two runs allowed somehow, but he did not have command going and got hit around.