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Yanks, Braves and Cards are early leaders, while other sort out middle of the pack

By Staff
The Yankees, Braves and Cardinals were working their way toward the top in 7-8 league play.
The White Sox laid it on thick with seven runs in the first two innings and when the Braves mustered a run in the top of the third, the Sox had a five-run answer waiting.
White Sox: Austin Dupper 2b (2), 1b; Joe Yeager 2b (2), 1b; Daniel Perry 2b, 1b; Devin Baker 2b, 1b; Reece Ashwander 2b, 1b; Brandon Long 2b (2), 1b; Brandon Roberts 1b; Hunter Hammock 1b; Alec Durand 1b; Will Payne 1b.
Braves: Brady Wallace 1b; Garrett Guerra 1b (2); Kameron Wallace 1b; Levi Tapscott 1b; Seth Ramey 1b (2); Dillon Durand 1b; Lucas Whitaker 2b.
The Giants collected six runs before the Yanks got on the board, but they needed two more to hold off a late rally by the Yankees.
Giants: Austin Jones 2b (2), 1b; Zac Smith 1b; Carson Clemons 2b, 1b; Blair Sittason 2b, 1b; Garrett Fowler 1b (2); Jay Freeman 1b (2); Kyle Kulick 1b; Carter Harrison 1b.
Yankees: Gavin Marsh 2b, 1b (2); Alex Pettey 2b, 1b (2); Jeston Thompson 2b, 1b (2); Griffin Stealman 2b (2); Lucas Chaney 1b; Grant Shelton 1b (2).
The Cubs virtually socked the game away with nine runs in the top of the first, but topped the game off with a three-run second and a seven-run fifth. The Tigers avoided the shutout with a run in the fourth inning.
Cubs: Zane Hamlett 2b, 1b (2); John David Rittman 1b (3); Preston Adams 2b (2); Jason Hormel 2b, 1b (4); Tyler Phillips 3b, 1b; John David Bili 2b (2), 1b (2); Tyler Legg 1b (3); James Glenn 3b, 2b, 1b; Justin Gault 2b, 1b.
Tigers: Jake Whitt 2b, 1b; Mason Norman 2b; Blaze Lawrimore 1b; Jarod Lucky 1b; Drew Nall 1b (2); Joseph Hardison 1b; Matthew Holt 1b.
The Mariners plated most of their runs before the Reds got limber enough to collect a late pair.
Mariners: Allen Smithson 2b (2), 1b (2); Travis Sumerel 3b, 1b; Andrew Scoggins 1b (2); Austin Kent1b; Garrett Sutton1b; Landon Jackson 1b (2); Austin Stewart 2b (2), 1b; John Jump 1b (3); Lucas Landman 2b, 1b.
Reds: Sam Harris 1b (2); Jacob Kerr 2b, 1b (2); Jake McClellan 1b; Daniel Burmeister 1b; Easton Chenault 1b; Samuel Ward 1b; Forrest Clemons 2b, 1b; Hunter Livingston 1b; Jack Slate 1b.
The red birds collected six runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. The Red Sox put together two-run efforts in the first and second, but never really threatened the birds.
Cardinals: Thomas Fleischman 1b (2); Todd Gibson 3b (2), 2b, 1b; Dalton Jenkins HR, 1b (2); Colby Nelson 1b; Ethan lane 3b, 1b (3); Clay Gully 2b, 1b; Alec Holloway 1b (3); Jerod Gunn 1b; Daniel Hundley 2b, 1b; Hayden Martin 1b.
Red Sox: Tanner Terry HR, 3b, 1b; Aaron Wooley 2b, 1b (2); Conner Koch 2b (2); Gavin Long 3b, 1b; Riley Salter 1b; Jared Rowe 3b, 2b.
The Tigers couldn't avert the shutout as the Cardinals bore down with tough defense and a steadily rising total at the plate.
Cardinals: T. Fleischman 1b (4); T. Gibson 2b, 1b (2); D. Jenkins 3b; C. Nelson 1b (3); E. Lane 3b, 1b (2); A. Hollaway 1b (2); C. Gully 2b, 1b (2); J. Gunn 2b, 1b; D. Hundley 1b (2); H. Martin 1b.
Tigers: Tanner Phillips 1b; B. Lawrimore 2b; D. Nall 1b.
The Yankees used a pair of four-run innings to net a victory over the Reds.
Yankees: G. Marsh 3b, 2b (2), 1b; A. Pettey 2b (2), 1b; J. Thompson 2b, 1b (3); Drew Bartlett 1b (2); Colsten Thompson 2b, 1b; L. Chaney 1b (3); Jacob Wayand 1b; G. Steelman 2b, 1b.
Reds: J. Kerr 1b; J. McClellan 1b; M. Burmeister 1b; S. Ward 1b; H. Livingston 1b; E. Chenault 1b.
The White Sox scored 14 runs in the opening three innings while limiting the Rangers to only two in the first.
White Sox: A. Dupper 3b, 2b (2), 1b; J. Yeager 3b, 2b; D. Perry 3b, 1b (3); R. Ashwander 1b (3); D. Baker 1b; W. Payne 1b; B. Long 1b (2); Aaron Baker 1b; H. Hammock 1b (2); A. Durand 3b, 2b.
Rangers: Cody Forsythe 1b; Seth Nuss 2b; Dalton Stisher 2b (2); Campbell Wilson 1b; Jamo Maxwell 1b.
The Braves tried to make a close game of this one, but the Sox just answered back every time the Braves made a rally.
Red Sox: T. Terry HR, 1b (2); Casey Goodwin 2b, 1b (2); Tillman Landers 1b; A. Wooley 3b, 2b, 1b; C. Koch 2b, 1b; G. Long 1b (2); Blaine Holt 1b; J. Rowe 3b; R. Salter 1b.
Braves: L. Tapscott 2b, 1b; B. Wallace HR, 1b; G. Guerra 1b (2); K. Wallace 3b, 2b, 1b; Caleb Foster 2b, 1b; L. Whitaker 1b; D. Durand 1b; Shawn McCulloch 2b.
The Cubs plated nine runs in their first at-bat, but it wouldn't hold up against a 10-run rally by the Braves in the third inning.
Braves: L. Tapscott 1b (2); B. Wallace 3b, 1b (2); G. Guerra 1b (3); K. Wallace 3b, 2b (2); S. McCulloch 2b; S. Ramey 2b (2); Jordan Guyse 1b; D. Durand 2b, 1b; L. Whitaker 1b; Matthew Watson 1b.
Cubs: Z. Hamlett 1b (2); P. Adams 1b (2); J.D. Rittman 3b, 1b (2); Jason Hormel 1b; T. Phillips 1b (2); J.L. Bili 1b; J. Gault 1b; T. Legg 2b; J. Glenn 1b; Christopher Crites 2b.
Braves 10, Reds 1:
Seven runs in the top of the first inning won the game, but the Braves and Reds had to play six more innings to find it out.
Braves: L. Tapscott 1b (3); B. Wallace 1b (3); G. Guerra 1b; K. Wallace 3b, 1b (3); S. Ramey 2b; D. Durand 2b, 1b (2).
Reds: J. Kerr 3b, 2b, 1b; J. McClellan 2b, 1b; Ethan Carnes 1b.
The Giants hammered the Tigers for seven runs in the first inning and added five more in the second to salt the game away early.
Giants: A. Jones 3b, 2b; Z. Smith 2b, 1b (2); C. Clemons 2b, 1b; B. Sittason HR, 2b, 1b; G. Fowler 3b, 2b, 1b; Trevor Garth 2b, 1b; J. Freeman 3b, 1b (2); K. Kulick 2b, 1b; Matthew Green 1b.
Tigers: J. Whitt 3b; B. Lawrimore 2b; M. Norman 1b; D. Nall 2b; M. Holt 1b.
The Mariners and Giants went toe-to-toe for four runs each in the first inning.
The Giants pulled out to a 6-4 lead during the next five innings, but the Mariners came up with the win on a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh.
Mariners: L. Jackson 1b (3); A. Scoggins 1b (2); T. Sumerel 2b (2); A. Kent 1b (2); Luke Sutton 2b; Garrett Sutton 1b (2); A. Stewart 2b, 1b; J. Jump 1b.
Giants: Z. Smith 2b, 1b (2); B. Sittason 3b, 2b (2); G. Fowler 3b, 1b (2); A. Jones 1b (2); C. Clemons 2b; J. Freeman 1b; T. Garth 1b; C. Harrison 1b.

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