Yoshida pitches four shutout innings for first win
Yuma Scorpions pitcher Eri Yoshida, the 18-year-old female knuckleballer from Japan, got her first win of the AWL season on Friday night at Desert Sun Stadium in Yuma on the strength of four shutout innings as Yuma blanked Team Canada 5-0.
Yoshida (1-0, 4.91 ERA) started and only allowed four hits and had two 1-2-3 innings before being relieved in the fifth inning by Dominick Bartoli.
The Scorpions scored two runs in the first inning after a run scored due to Yuki Matsumoto's fielder's choice and then Colin Ziegel's RBI single. In the third inning, Yuma scored again after Bryan Barrington hit a two out double and Jason Maiella was hit by a pitch. Derek Beckman then drove in Barrington with an RBI single to make the score 3-0. The Scorpions then scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth off Team Canada's Alberto Fraijo, who gave up a two out single to Steven Mays, walked Sergio Lopez and then allowed a triple off the bat of Yuki Matsumoto to plate both runners.
Yuma improved to 7-3-1 in the American Division, good for first place. Andrew LeRay (0-1) picked up the loss for Team Canada, who fell to 5-5 on the year.
Calgary 8, San Diego 3
Calgary's Michael Walbert (1-1) pitched a complete game, allowing just three runs on 9 hits enroute to his first win of the season. Michael DiPierro came on in relief of starter Jacob Ozment for San Diego in the fifth inning with the Surf Dawgs leading 3-1, but gave up 7 runs to the Vipers in the frame and got tagged with the loss. Calgary has won five straight games after starting the season 1-5 and sits in second place in the Canadian Division. San Diego dropped to 5-5-1.
San Luis 6, Blythe 5
The Atleticos made a winner of Dan Souza (1-0) after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday afternoon at the Ray Kroc Baseball Complex. San Luis led off the bottom of the 7th with two walks to Ricky Daal and Greg Marlett. Both runners were advanced by a Chase Fitzpatrick sacrifice bunt and the next batter, John Fakla, drove in Daal from third base with a sacrifice fly to win the game. Mike Fasolo (0-2) got the loss for Blythe, now in second place in the American Division, behind Yuma by 1-1/2 games.
Saskatchewan 5, Western Canada 2
Eric Blackwell went 2 for 3 and scored a run to help the Silver Sox get their sixth win of the year and keep them in first place of the Canadian Division by a half-game over Team Canada. Saskatchewan's Syota Iida, who was scratched from his start on Thursday got the call on Friday and did not disappoint, going the distance for the complete game win. Jose Ruiz (0-1) took the loss for Western Canada, who fell to 2-9.