Palm Springs, Calif. – The Palm Springs Chill mounted a five-run comeback as part of a warm and sunny day of baseball at the California Winter League (CWL) on Monday. The Chill scored six unanswered runs to defeat MLB DC China 6-5 in the afternoon game at Palm Springs Stadium. The Oregon Lumberjacks improved to .500 by knocking off the Palm Springs Power 9-3 in the auxiliary field game of the day. The Washington Blue Sox kicked off stadium action with a comeback 5-4 victory over the Canada A’s. Temperatures reached over 80 degrees on Monday in Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Chill @ MLB DC China
The Chill (2-1-1) scored six unanswered runs over the final three innings to defeat MLB Development Center China (2-2) by a score of 6-5. MLB China scored five runs in the first. Liu Wenjie launched a grand slam over the left field wall as part of the big first frame. MLB China starter Huh Shin and Palm Springs reliever Mikito Barkman then traded zeroes through the fourth inning. Giovany Lorenzo and Brandon Dodd each recorded two-run singles off MLB China reliever Duo Jie Geng Zh, as part of a five-run fifth to tie the game at five. Conner Allen scored on a wild pitch to give the Chill the go-ahead run in the seventh. Palm Springs pitcher Michael Tempel tossed two scoreless innings to finish off the come-from-behind win.
Oregon Lumberjacks @ Palm Springs Power
The Oregon Lumberjacks (2-2) tallied nine hits in a 9-3 win over the Palm Springs Power (2-2). Justin Rios and Fu-Yuan Jhang each pitched zeroes through the first two innings. Robby Wheeler, Jonathan Pena, Guan Ming Liou and Michael Forest tied together consecutive hits to open the third for the Lumberjacks as part of a three-run frame. The Power cut the deficit to 5-2, but three straight hits to open the sixth including a second hit from Liou led to four insurance runs. Palm Springs loaded the bases in the seventh, but Shinichi Suzuki slammed the door shut for the ‘Jacks.
Washington Blue Sox @ Canada A’s
The Washington Blue Sox (2-2) emerged with back-to-back wins in a 5-4 victory over the Canada A’s (2-2). Washington took advantage of back-to-back errors to score three runs in the top of the seventh after being down to their final out. Michael Buchino and Tim Catalano keyed the offensive effort for the Blue Sox with a pair of RBI knocks. Matthew Nunn had two hits and two RBIs to lead the A’s. David Pentecost started for the Blue Sox only surrendering a run on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts in three innings from the mound. Cole Rodriguez tossed four frames in his start for Canada allowing just two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
The CWL continues Tuesday at Palm Springs Stadium. Fans can purchase two tickets for the price of one as part of Two for Tuesday. The Alberta Grizzly face MLB Development Center China at 10 AM before the Palm Springs Power host the British Columbia Bombers at 12:30 PM. For more information on promotions and scheduling for the California Winter League visitcaliforniawinterleague.com
The California Winter League is the longest running professional showcase league of its kind. Since its inaugural season in 2010, the CWL has seen over 850 of its players sign professional contracts. Each year, it is the premier destination for free agent baseball players who are looking to be scouted and signed.
Fans can buy tickets every gameday at the stadium box office. Palm Springs Stadium is located at 1901 E Baristo Road in Palm Springs. Fans can also tune in on the California Winter League YouTube to watch every 2024 stadium game live.
For more information, visitcaliforniawinterleague.com or call (760) 778-4487.