Weather was the big factor in Major League play over the weekend. The doubleheader matching the unbeaten first place Red Sox and second place Tigers scheduled for Saturday was rained out and rescheduled for Thursday. Just two of Saturday’s games were completed.
Tigers 6, Cardinals 2
Five Tigers hurlers combined on a two-hitter. Cooper Bennett pitched well for the Cards, who led 2-0 heading into the third inning. Matt Morris tipped the balance for the Tigers with a two-run triple in the fifth. Miles Sidoti pitched a solid inning of relief to earn his first Major League win.
Pirates 10, A’s 1
Bucs’ ace Jack Sierputoski pitched his second complete game victory in a row on a brisk afternoon at Veira Park. A’s starter Cody Balboni kept the score close for three innings, but the Pirates broke through with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sierputoski and Owen Bresnick, along with the Bucs’ bash brothers, Riley and Zander Amaral, had hits in the big inning.
Cubs 11, A’s 1
The Cubbies broke out the bats and came away with a four-inning win. Rookie pitchers Andrew Marchand and Keaton Aliberti, who earned his first Major League win last week, pounded the strike zone, allowing three hits and a walk. Zack Vukota highlighted a six-run third inning by ripping a fastball to left for an RBI single. Chris Ferry and Scotty Lively continued their torrid hitting, with two singles apiece.
For the A’s, starting pitcher Owen Porterfield struck out seven, hit two singles, and stole two bases. Mike Cosgrave had the game’s web gem, diving to snare a line drive up the middle.
Cardinals 10, Pirates 7
The Redbirds exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth to rally past the Pirates. Jack Murray had three hits and scored three runs for the Cards. Cooper Bennett added a triple. Pitchers Benny Binder, Jackie Pizzano, and Murray combined for 13 Ks in the win.
Pirates pitchers’ Owen Bresnick and Riley Amaral pitched well through five. Amaral and Jack Sierputoski led the Bucs’ offense with two hits apiece.