Late Inning Rallies Bring Wins

Snowbird@Power

The Power rallied for two runs in the final frame to complete the come from behind victory 4-3 over the Snowbirds in game one at Palm Springs Stadium.  The rally included a walk, a single, and a stolen base to help keep the Power on top of the California Winter League standings with a one game lead over the Chill.

Both Starting pitchers put up impressive performances although neither of them received a decision.  Snowbirds starting pitcher Tyler Sloan threw five complete, allowing only one run on three hits while striking out six.

Power pitcher Jeremy Gonzales pitched six innings giving up three runs, one earned on four hits while striking out five.

Tim Combs earned his second victory of the season throwing one inning, giving up two hits and striking out two to wiggle out of trouble.

Tobi Adeyemi paced the Snowbirds at the plate going two for three with a double, a single, and a RBI.

Bluesox@Chill

Designated hitter Clint Harkins singled in what proved to be the decisive run in the top of the ninth inning as the Chill held on to defeat the Bluesox 7-6 in the second game of Sundays twinbill.

The Chill took a six five lead into the top of the ninth.  Shortstop Jack Taylor reached second base on an error to keep the inning alive after advancing to third on an infield hit, he scored on the Harkins single to lift the Chill advantage to 7-5.

Taylor then shifted to the mound to close out the Bluesox in the bottom of the ninth. Despite allowing the Bluesox final run to narrow the margin to 7-6, Taylor struck out the side to preserve the win, as the Chill improved to 11-4.  With the win the Chill were able to stay one game behind the first-place Power.

Taylor’s ninth inning effort preserved the victory for reliever Max Whieldon who surrendered just one hit over four innings of relief to earn the win.

Bluesox reliever Brandon Brown was reached for three runs over two innings to absorb the defeat.