May 27,2014 (ISN) – Guerra, Dominican Republic- The Junior National Team scored five runs in the top of
the seventh erasing a 3-0 deficit and Gareth Morgan (Toronto, ON) belted a two-run
homer in the eighth to cap an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Dominican
The win over the Dodgers, combined with a win earlier in the day over the DSL Mets
gave the juniors a doubleheader sweep and improved their Dominican Summer League
record to 4-5 with three games left to play.
The Dodgers had held the juniors’ bats at bay limiting them to just one hit through
six innings and at one point retiring 16 in a row until Peter Hutzal (Calgary, AB)
lined a single to left to lead-off the seventh which set the stage for the five run
With Hutzal on first, a failed pick-off attempt moved him to second and he scored on
a single from JF Garon (Terrebonne, QC) where the ball got by the right fielder
allowing Garon to move to third. Matt Lloyd (Okotoks, AB) then stepped to the plate
and delivered his first of two RBI singles on the afternoon where the ball was again
misplayed by the fielder allowing Lloyd to reach third.
After three more Dodger errors and a Luke Horanski (Dugald, MB) RBI single, the
juniors found themselves out in front 5-3.
Prior to the seventh, the Dodgers held a 3-0 lead scoring one in the first off
starter Kurtis Horne (Sooke, BC) coming with two out on an RBI single, one in the
third after an error with two-out scored on a triple, and added one in the fourth
after a lead-off triple scored on a wild pitch.
Horne tossed four innings and was only charged with two earned runs.
Colton Wood (Victoria, BC) took over for Horne in the fifth and looked good early
retiring eight of the first nine hitters he faced.
A one-out single he gave up in the sixth was quickly erased when catcher Darren
Shred (Mississauga, ON) gunned down the runner at first on a pick-off.
In the top half of the eighth, JF Garon singled, stole second and scored on Matt
Lloyd’s single to centre that set the stage for Morgan’s home run to left. On a 1-1
count, Morgan hammered a belt-high fastball and sent it well beyond the left field
fence making the score 8-3.
The Dodgers added a run in the ninth after Wood walked the lead-off batter who stole
second, advanced to third on a wild-pitch and scored on an error.
Wood recorded the win with a five-inning effort giving up no earned runs, scattered
two hits and walked one, while he added four strikeouts.
Offensively, the juniors had 11 hits with four players (Garon, Morgan, Robinson,
Lloyd) having multi-hit games.
Up Next: The juniors will travel to Boca Chica tomorrow where they will take-on the
Seattle Mariners Dominican prospects at their brand new $9 million complex at 11am
ET…RHP Matt Ianni (Ottawa, ON) is expected to start