Babe Ruth Thursday: Astros sweep Braves while Phillies and Padres split
In a battle of first and second place Brewton Babe Ruth teams Thursday in Brewton, the Astros swept the Braves to further distance themselves as the top team in the league this season.
The Astros won game one 9-2 then rallied to win game two 6-5 to improve their record to 16-3 this season and drop the Braves to 10-8.
In games in East Brewton Thursday, the Phillies picked up their second win of the season as they took down the Padres 13-6 in game one. In game two, the Padres salvaged a split as they claimed a 15-5 win.
With the split, the Padres record went to 9-10 while the Phillies went to 2-16.
With makeup games from earlier in the year to be played Friday night, the Astros remained in first place followed by the Braves with slim lead over the Padres in second and third respectively and the Phillies in fourth.
Makeup games were set to be played Friday between the Astros and Padres and the Braves and Phillies.
The final week of games will be played this coming week with the Astros and Padres matching up for a doubleheader Tuesday in East Brewton at 5 p.m. while the Braves and Phillies tangle in Brewton.
Thursday, the final regular season scheduled games will be played with the Astros and Phillies meeting in Brewton at 5 p.m. and the Braves and Padres squaring off in East Brewton.
Astros 9, Braves 2
Lane Clark held the Braves to one run on three hits through six innings Thursday night in game one as the Astros took down the Braves by seven, 9-2.
The two teams were tied 1-1 after the first inning and stayed that way until the top of the fifth when the Astros scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead.
The Astros would add three more in the top of the sixth to take a 6-1 lead and added three more in the top of the seventh to claim a 9-1 lead.
The Braves would get one run in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 9-2 but would not get any closer as they Astros earned the win.
Clark went six innings for the Astros on the mound to get the win. Clark allowed three hits, one unearned run, walked two and struck out three.
Tim McDonald went the final inning and allowed one hit, one run, hit and struck out one.
At the plate for the Astros, Derrick Barton had a single and one RBI and Tyler Joyner added three singles and two RBIs.
Mike Williams had a single and two RBIs while Jones Manning added a single and an RBI.
Taylor Elliott, Dylan Etheridge and Dalton Shell all singled and Clark added one RBI.
For the Braves, Miles Powell had two singles while Robin Swift and Alex O’Keane had a single each.
On the mound, Hunter Harp took the loss as he went 5 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits, six runs, four earned, walked five, struck out three and hit one.
O’Keane went 2/3 of an inning and struck out one while Jo Jo Booker went the final inning and allowed one hit, three earned runs, walked two and struck out one.
Astros 6, Braves 5
The Astros scored six unanswered runs in game two—with three big errors leading to the loss—to get a one-run win over the Braves and get the sweep.
The Braves scored four runs in the second inning and one in the third to lead to lead the Astros early in the game.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Astros scored five runs on four hits and one error to tie the game—all with two outs in the inning. Williams led the inning off with a single and was followed by a single from McDonald and Manning while Elliott was hit by a pitch.
Etheridge followed with a single to centerfield and cleared the bases and scored himself on a three-base error to tie the game.
With the game tied at 5-all heading to the bottom of the seventh, Clark reached base on two Braves errors on one play with one out and reach third after a bang-bang play. Clark would later score on a wild pitch to send the Astros home with the one-run win.
Shell started the game for the Astros and went 2 1/3 innings allowing five hits, five earned runs, walked two, struck out and hit one.
Tyler Joyner went the final 4 2/3 innings to get the win as he allowed one hit the remainder of the game while striking out 10, walking and hitting one.
At the plate, Joyner, Williams, McDonald, Manning and Etheridge all had singles with Etheridge having one RBI.
For the Braves, Powell took the loss on the mound going 6 1/3 innings and allowing five hits, six runs, four earned, walked two, hit four and struck out nine.
At the plate, Powell and Harp had a single each and Booker had one RBI. Swift had two singles and O’Keane had a double. Christian Mancil had one RBI while Todd Mayo had a triple and two RBIs.
Phillies 13, Padres 6
The Phillies picked up their second win of the second Thursday as they used two big innings to take down the Padres by seven, 13-6.
The Phillies scored five runs each in the third and fifth inning to help get the win.
At the plate for the Phillies, Jake Najor, Caleb Winton, Jordan Williams, Tripp Floyd, and Hunter Brittain all had hits in the win. Najor, Tyler Baxter, Williams, Jared Cooper and Sam Frazier all had RBIs.
On the mound, Baxter and Cooper pitched with Cooper earning the win. The duo allowed six hits, six runs, walked nine and struck out five.
For the Padres, Justin Sessions, Tyler Hoomes, Colton Morris, Rob Jones and Chris Jones all had hits with Morris having a double. Lane Chavers, Christian Alvarez, Morris and Rob Jones all had RBIs.
Sessions, Morris and Chavers all pitched with Sessions taking the loss. The trio allowed seven hits, 13 runs, walked six and struck out one.
Padres 15, Phillies 5
In game two, the Padres 10-run ruled the Phillies in five innings to get the win 15-5.
The Padres scored eight runs in the fourth inning to help get the win.
At the plate for the Padres in the win, Jonathan Lucas, Chris Jones, Sessions, Chavers, and Hoomes all had hits with Chavers having a double and Jones having a homerun.
Jones had three RBIs, Sessions had two and Chavers, Brooks Brown, Morris, Alvarez and Landon Salter all had RBIs.
Alvarez and Rob Jones pitched with Alvarez earning the win. The two pitchers combined to allow four hits, five earned runs, walked and struck out six.
For the Phillies, Cooper, Floyd and Brittain all had hits with Cooper and Brittain having a double each. Brittain had two RBIs while Baxter and Ethan Bollenbacher had one each.
Caleb Winton and Williams pitched with Winton taking the loss. The two allowed seven hits, 13 runs, six earned, walked five and struck out four.