Babe Ruth: Phillies get first win of season
Published 11:48 am Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Brewton Phillies picked up their first wins of the season Thursday as they split with the Padres. In other action between the Braves and Astros, the two teams also played to split.
Following Thursday’s games, the Astros are atop of league standings with a 6-2 record followed by the Padres at 5-3, the Braves at 4-4 and the Phillies at 1-7.
The Astros and Padres were scheduled to tangle Tuesday while the Braves and Phillies were to play in East Brewton.
Games will resume Thursday at 5 p.m. with the Astros and Phillies playing in Brewton and Braves and Padres in East Brewton.
All games for the remainder of the season will now have a 5 p.m. start instead of 5:30 p.m.
Phillies 15, Padres 8
The Phillies won their first game of the season thanks to a combination of bashing 12 hits, a solid pitching performance from 13-year-old Hunter Brittain and benefiting from six Padre errors.
Throwing 18 first-pitch strikes, Brittain was in control from the beginning and earned the complete-game win with eight strikeouts, while yielding just six hits. The Phillies took at 3-1 lead after one inning, then scored 10 runs over the next two innings to open it up to 13-5 and never looked back.
For a team that had previously struggled at the plate, the Phillies broke out of their slump thanks to the efforts at the plate from Tripp Floyd, Jake Najor, Ethan Bollenbacher and Brittan, the source of 10 of their team’s 12 hits. Floyd and Najor each had three hits and scored three times. Najor and Brittain each chased home four runs, while Floyd added a pair of RBI. Sam Frasier had a two-run single and Joshua Winton added a hit for the winners.
The Padres had solo hits from Tyler Hoomes, Rob Jones, Chris Jones, Lane Chavers, Colton Morris and Jonathan Lucas.
Padres 8, Phillies 7
In the nightcap, the Padres were down 7-4 with two outs, nobody on and a two-strike count on the batter when it all unraveled for the Phillies. When the dust settled, a walk, three costly errors and a couple of timely hits helped lead the Padres to the exciting comeback win.
The win put a damper on the pitching effort of the Phillies’ Caleb Winton, as the 13-year-old struck out eight over six innings and allowed just four hits, while walking two. Only one of the Padres’ eight runs was earned.
After a 2-2 score in the first inning, the Padres nursed a 4-2 lead into the fifth inning before Jake Najor doubled and eventually scored on a ground out by Hunter Brittain to make it 4-3, then tied it in the sixth when Tyler Baxter drew a walk and pinch-runner Baylen Parker scored on an Ethan Bollenbacher single to tie it.
In the top of the seventh, the Phillies seemed to take control by scoring three runs to take a 7-4 lead.
Joshua Winton came in and got the first two batters out on a fly ball and strikeout. After that, Preston Townsend overcame a 1-2 count and drew a walk before both Rob Jones and Chris Jones reached on consecutive infield errors that scored a run and made it 7-5. Justin Sessions then slapped a two-run single to tie it up and Colton Morris dropped a single just over the right side of the infield to score the winning run.
For the Padres, both Rob Jones and Sessions had two hits each, while Morris and Brooks Brown added two singles.
The Phillies’s eight-hit attack was led by Jared Cooper’ 3-for-4 effort, while Jake Najor added two hits. Tripp Floyd, James Peach and Bollenbacher each had solo hits.
Braves 5, Astros 3
The Braves used a three-run third inning to take down the Astros 5-3.
The Braves led 4-0 after the third inning third inning before surrendering one run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to see their lead cut to 4-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Braves added an insurance run and held the Astros scoreless in the seventh to get the win by two.
For the Astros, Taylor Elliott, Tyler Joyner, and Tim McDonald all had hits while Dylan Etheridge and Dakota Graves having one RBI each.
For the Braves, Keaton Parker, Alex O’Keane, Jo Jo Booker and Malcolm Hawthorne had hits with Booker having two RBIs and O’Keane, Hunter Harp and Hawthorne having an RBI each.
Tyler Joyner took the loss on the mound for the Astros while Miles Powell earned the win for the Braves and Harp took the save.
Astros 5, Braves 4
In game two, the Astros edged out the Braves by one to get a split.
Both teams scored one run each in the second inning while the Braves had three in the third inning and the Astros scored four in the bottom of the inning to get the win.
For the Braves, Parker, Powell and Hart all had hits with Harp and Hawthorne having one RBI each.
For the Astros, Derrick Barton, Joyner, McDonald, Etheridge and Elliott all had hits with McDonald and Etheridge having two doubles each. Etheridge finished with three RBIs and Elliott had one.
Booker took the loss on the mound for the Braves while Joyner earned the win for the Astros.