The White Sox patiently put up six runs in the sixth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays and slammed the door shut in the bottom of the frame to pocket an 11-8 come-from-behind win in opening-round action of the Spreckels Park Little League major division playoffs.
With the possibility of five games in five days, pitching was at a premium Saturday and the Blue Jays ran out of pitching in the sixth inning, walking four and hitting one along with a pair of singles on the way to those six White Sox runs.
Joshua Brake took the mound for the White Sox in the bottom of the sixth and retired the Blue Jays in order for the win.
White Sox leadoff batter Kenny Kewada reached base four times, walking three times and hitting an RBI double, scoring three times. Teammate Blake Fonseca was 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run.
Two big hits fueled a pair of four-run innings for the Blue Jays. David Cumberworth had a two-RBI double in the first for the Blue Jays and in the fifth Kaden Luke (3 for 4, home run, two RBI) had a two-run home run. Teammates Victor Agulair doubled and Dominic Alveraz had an RBI single.
Tigers 6, Padres 5
Jacob Martinez came in to pitch for the Tigers in the sixth inning with two outs and a runner on third and hurled a strikeout to end the game.
Martinez (two runs), Mauricio Arnoldus (run) and Zelmer Vedder (run) walked twice for the Tigers. Mikey Elder was 2 for 2 with a walk and Sonny Elder doubled and scored a run.
Cruz Lopez had a two-run home run for the Padres with Antonia Vega adding a solo shot. Ethan Sanchez tripled and Cruz Richer was 2 for 3.
Brewers 10, Giants 8
The Brewers set the tone with three first-inning runs and ended the game on a play at the plate.
Ben Supinger doubled and Anthony Enos had a two-run home run as part of the first-inning Brewers spurt. Mitchell Lill made the game-ending tag at home to save the win for the Brewers.
The Giants took a 6-4 lead in the third with a three-run home run by Preston Darter only for the Brewers to score five runs in sixth 10-7 lead. Pitching was outstanding by both teams. Colin Ivey pitched four innings for the Brewers, giving up fove hits and striking out seven. Victor Alonzo and Ryan Borgenson pitched well for the Giants.
Luke Weaver, Ben Supinger and Dominic Garcia each had 2 hits apiece for the Brewers with teammates Brandon Thaxton and Bryan Howe playing great.
Astros 13, Pirates 8
Cubs 9, White Sox 5
Diamondbacks 11, Giants 8
In the bottom of the fifth inning Michael Sellers started a five-run rally for the Diamondbacks with an RBI double and Payton Graham put on the exclamation point with a three-run home run that proved the be the margin of victory.
Diego Gonzalez was 2 for 3 with two runs and an inside-the-park home run for the Diamondbacks, Anthony Avelar was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Sage Bordenane was 2 for 2 with a walk and a run.
Ryan Torres (2 for 3, home run, three RBI, two runs) struck out the side in order in the second inning for the Giants came up in the third and gave the Giants a 7-5 lead with a three-run home run. Teammate Brandon Garcia was 2 for 2 with a double, triple and two runs.
A’s 10, Orioles 9
White Sox 15, Cardinals 4