LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Day 3 was a big day for the Area Code Games as all eight teams took to the field and all four games were streamed live on WatchESPN.com. For a third straight day, a homerun was hit, with many other balls going off the wall.
Reds 4, Athletics 3
Things got started early for the Reds as Michael Hoard wrapped a homer around the right field foul pole to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. The big hit in the third came on a line drive by Marcus Doi, extending the Reds’ lead to 4-0.
Reds starter Andrew Church threw well, sitting at 90 and only surrendering two hits.
The Athletics got one back in the fourth on an RBI double by Kyle Czaplak and added two more in the sixth courtesy of Francis Christy’s double to the gap. But that’s as close as they would get.
White Sox 10, Yankees 4
The White Sox entered the game on the heels of a heartbreaking loss to the Brewers on Day 2, but got on the board quickly by putting up a four spot in the first inning. Ronell Coleman got things started with a leadoff single and it quickly got to 4-0.
The Yankees would respond in the bottom of the first as they pushed three across, highlighted by Kyle Devin’s two-run single.
Trey Ball pitched well for the White Sox and also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.
The Sox pushed four more across the plate in the third, extending the lead to 8-4.
Rangers 6, Nationals 4
The Nationals and the Rangers squared off in the third game and both teams got on the board early. The Rangers defense was a little shaky to begin, committing four errors. They trailed 3-0.
In the bottom of the second they got on the board with a run and then tied it up in the third.
But in the the fifth Garrett Luna blasted the fourth homer of the week (his first) over the left field wall to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead.
The Rangers added two more in the sixth and the Nationals pushed across one more in the seventh.
Brewers 5, Royals 4
Two highly touted lefties started this contest, with Stephen Gonsalves representing the Brewers and Brett Nielsen taking the mound for the Royals. Gonsalves went three innings of shutout baseball, topping out at 91.
Nielsen went four innings and surrendered four runs, though the Royals did make two errors behind him. He left the game trailing 4-1.
The Royals pushed across another in the fifth making it 4-2.
In the top of the seventh, the Royals had timely two-out hits, including a game-tying single by Seaver Whalen to make it 4-4.
The Brewers pulled off the win in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh, with Alexander Jackson plating the winning run.