Game #1 Chill vs. A’s
Chris Caves blasted a three run home run in the top of the second inning to get things started for the Chill in an 8-2 victory over the A’s in the first game of the Tuesday’s California Winter League action at Palm Springs Stadium.
The Chill scored a total of four runs in the top of the second as another run was added when Mark Carillo singled and Tommy Williams doubled to drive him in. The Chill would go on and score another run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
The A’s got on the board once in the fourth on a Gabe Suarez single and stolen base followed by a Michael Wallace double. The A’s scored again in the sixth but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome a six run deficit.
Four Chill pitchers combined on a four-hitter, with reliever Matt Akins collecting his first win of the season.
Game #2 Blue Sox vs. Snowbirds
Graham Sullivan’s leadoff homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning broke up a three all tie to push the Snowbirds to 4-3 win over the Blue Sox in the second game of Tuesday’s California Winter League action at Palm Springs Stadium.
The Snowbirds put up the first run of the game in the third inning as Brent Walters got things going with a lead-off double. Marcus Dennistoun singled to move Walters to third, and then Graham Sullivan singled to right to knock in the run.
The Blue Sox faced tough pitching for the first five innings as Erik Gonsalves and David Harding held them scoreless. In the bottom of the sixth inning the Sox finally scratched through and got on the score board with two runs. Randy Wells led the inning off and reached on an error by the third baseman D.J. Jarrad that put Wells at second base for Landis Wilson. Wilson promptly doubled to drive in Wells to tie up the game at one, and moved to third base on a balk by Jesse Orosco. Scott Stidham then drove in the go-ahead run by grounding out to second, making it 2-1 Sox.
The Snowbirds would take the lead back by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, Jack Waterman doubled and Jeff Ridgeway walked. Both men subsequently came home on Tobi Adeyemi’s double.
An unearned Blue Sox run in the top of the eighth courtesy of an error by Snowbirds first baseman Todd Alls tied the game at 3, setting the stage for Sullivan’s heroics.