Even though the summer league is supposed to be a laid back time, that doesn’t mean something is still on the line.
That was the case for the Nationals Friday evening when they tasted their first defeat of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers during a youth baseball game at the Taft High junior varsity field.
After a quiet start to the game, both teams came alive in the third inning.
The Dodgers started the breakthrough in the top half of the inning when James Odle walked followed by another.
Odle went on to score on a groundout while the second run scored one batter later on an infield error.
Following a pair of stolen bases, Kyle Adkins scored on a throwing error the Nationals catcher.
The Dodgers threatened to blow open the game with Anthony Rodriguez’s double and Christian Gibson’s single. On the play, Gibson took second to put runners at second and third with only one out.
However, the final two batters struck out to get out of the jam.
It was the Nationals turn in the last half of the third inning. Jimmy Castellon led off the rally by reaching bases on an infield error.
Following a strikeout, Christian Palacios singled to left field. After another strikeout, Cain Roberts and Cisco George walked to bring in a run. Palacios and Roberts evened the score by scoring two runs on the second error of the inning.
The Dodgers took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning starting with Adkin’s leadoff walk. Following a stolen base and an error, Adkins scored on Anthony Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly to center field.
It looked as if the Dodgers would add to their lead with back-to-back walks to Gibson and Tevin Howell with Gibson advancing to third on a pair of stolen bases. However, the Dodgers were unsuccessful after an out at home and a strikeout.
The Nationals had a chance to knot the score in their half of the fifth inning starting with Jason Jones’ leadoff double and a walk to Roberts. However, Jones was picked off at third while the next two batters were retired.