Tuesday, May 13
Red Sox 9, Cubs 3
In a battle of unbeatens at Veira Park, the Red Sox handed the scrappy Cubs their first loss of the season by the score of 9-3. The Cubs jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first with RBI singles by Summer Cardoza and Max Potter. The Sox responded with five runs in the bottom of the first, led by Jacob Maccaferri’s two-run double. Maccaferri, Jake Howell, and Nick Cranston all doubled in the second as the Sox built an 8-3 lead.
Keaton Aliberti was called on to quiet the Sox bats in the third and fourth. Sox pitchers Maccaferri, Peter Burke, and Howell gave up just three hits and no runs, striking out 10 over the final five innings.
The defensive play of the game occurred in the third inning when Sox center fielder Jeremy Regan threw a strike to brother Jared at home plate, who applied a quick catch and tag to Cubs runner Chris Ferry.
Ferry reached base three times for the Cubs, while Joe Serpa had two hits for the Sox.
Monday, May 12
Pirates 7, Cardinals 4
The Pirates defeated the Cardinals Monday night, 7-4. Two strong pitchers, Harold Lawry for the Bucs and Jackie Pizzano for the Redbirds, took the mound. In the third inning, Chesca Potter broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run triple, her second hit and third RBIs of the game. Harold Lawry then drove in Chesca with a triple of his own.
With the Bucs up 6-1 in the fifth, the Cardinals got their bats rolling. Hunter Meader doubled and Aiden Rogers tripled to bring the Cards to within 6-4. The Pirates scratched out an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Felix Colon, Luke Nivalas, and Chesca Potter got their first hits of the season for the Pirates.
Saturday, May 10
Red Sox 2, Pirates 1
The defending champion Red Sox were tested at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs on Saturday, but they improved to 3-0 with a 2-1 win over the Pirates.
Red Sox pitchers Nick Cranston, Jake Howell, and Jeremy Regan all were stellar on the hill, giving up two hits and combining for 11 strikeouts. Bucs’ starter Owen Bresnick cooled the hot Sox bats, throwing a 65-pitch complete game, allowing only two unearned runs on four hits, while striking out five and walking none.
With the BoSox up, 2-0, after five innings, the Pirates made it close with two outs in the top of the sixth. Aiden Marek doubled and Harold Lawry singled to slice the lead in half but the Bucs would get no closer.
Jake Howell had two hits for the Sox.
Cubs 7, Athletics 6
The Cubs beat the A’s 7-6 Saturday at Viera in a tale of two games. Eleven runners scored in the first two innings, but the rest of the game was a classic pitcher’s duel.
The A’s jumped on top 5-0 in the top of the first. Colby Balboni, who had two hits on the day, drove in a pair with a hard single.
The Cubs responded with six in the second, highlighted by Jorrien Ahren’s clutch two-out, two-run single.
On the mound, Keaton Aliberti and Summer Cardoza pitched the final five innings for the Cubs, allowing one run on a pair of hits. Workhorse Cam Moore threw a complete game for the A’s, allowing seven hits and no walks.