By Tim Chambers
The scorching heat didn’t stop minor league baseball from being played on Saturday at Cunningham Park with the D-backs and Angels getting wins. The Diamondbacks kept their unblemished record intact with a 15-7 victory over the Cubs. The Angels raced past the A’s 15-4.
The Cubs had a “Tuff” time shutting down the D-backs who broke the game open with one swing of the bat.
Tuff Robinson cleared the bases with a monster shot over the outfield that gave his team a 5-1 lead in the first inning. They extended it to 11-1 before the Cubs could get rolling.
The “Baby Bears” tallied two runs in the third and four more in their final at-bat, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the first place leaders.
Some of that was due to the excellent defense by the Diamondbacks’ second baseman, Carson Jennings. Every D-back player logged a base hit.
Kyle Maples and Avery Blevins had two hits and an RBI each to lead the middle of the pack batting order, but the top part did the biggest damage. Carter Rhudy, Grayson Day, Carson Jennings and Kaden Blevins had three hits each for the Diamondbacks. Tuff Robinson added two hits and five RBIs. Isaac Lewis and Dylan Reece provided one each.
Eli Dickens had two doubles to pace the Cubs. Bud Robinson, Kaleb Jennings, Leland Morley, A.J Laing, Jamie Jones and Jonathan Jennings added one hit apiece.
It was a great day for the “Angels in the outfield and infield.” They scored early and often while earning their big win over the A’s.
Several players had a big day for the Angels.
Connor Gentry tallied three hits including a triple. Ashton Dollar had a single, double and triple and three RBIs. David Vines went 3-for-3 including an inside-the-park homerun. Gage Stout had three hits and two RBIs. Sawyer Marshall went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Mason Sluder contributed a pair of hits as did Gavan Condor who was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Roland Stout and Michael Watson had one hit apiece. Constance Blankenship blasted an inside-the-park home run.
Landon Greene had a double and triple to lead the A’s. Eli Tester added a pair of hits. Sam Cretsinger and Braxton Bragg provided one hit apiece.