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Jays do away with A’s

Leuvano leads team to Northgate majors finals

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Jays do away with A’s

Phillip Leuvano of the Blue Jays tags out Dominic Garcia of the A’s on Tuesday in an 11-4 win for the Blue Jays in semifinal action of the Northgate Majors tournament.

DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin/


POSTED June 3, 2014 11:46 p.m.

Phillip Leuvano threw four shutout innings of relief Tuesday and Blue Jays teammate Scotty Armstrong had a monster bat in an 11-4 win over the A’s in semifinal action of the Northgate majors tournament.

Leuvano came on in the third inning with the score tied 4-4. He set the side down in order in the third, pitched out of a first-and-third one-out jam in the fourth and was the beneficiary of tremendous defense in the fifth.

Joey Dasilva walked to lead off the fifth for the A’s but was forced out at second by shortstop Willy Segura who began a 6-3 double play. Julion Garcia then hit a line drive into the left-field fence, but left fielder Josh Grabowski fired the ball to Segura, who relayed it to Eric Victoria who got the tag down on Garcia to end the inning.

Armstrong led a 10-hit attack going 3 for 3 with a two-run home run in the third inning, an RBI double in the fifth and an RBI single in the first. Leadoff batter Segura did his job, reaching four times with two walks and on a double in the first and single in the second that were both too hot to handle by A’s infielders.

Leuvano was 2 for 4 with an RBI and teammate Gary Alexander had a two-RBI single.

The Blue Jays scored in every inning but the third and did not bit in the sixth. Both teams scored three runs in the first and one in the second. George Montross had the big hit for the A’s in the first with a two-RBI double that scored Dasilva and Ramiro Suarez. Noah Garcia walked to lead off the second for the A’s and came in to score on an error.

The Phillies and the Giants play tonight in an elimination game with the winner playing the A’s on Thursday. The winner of the game will play the Blue Jays in the championship round on Friday and will need to defeat the Blue Jays twice – if necessary, the second game is Saturday morning – to win the championship. 

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