The California A’s survived a close one Thursday morning at the ISC World Tournament in Midland, Michigan, 2-1 over the Scarborough Force of Canada. Starter Sean Whitten threw an inning and a third, while Derek Mayson picked up the win, going the rest of the way surrendering just one run on two hits. One of those hits was a home run by tough luck loser, Andy Skelton.
The A’s pushed across a run in the third and fourth inning, and made it stand up for the win. In the 3rd, A’s catcher Bob Rostenhausler led off the inning with a solo home run. Marcus Tan drove in what proved to be the winning run an inning later after Blake Miller was hit by a pitch with two outs, and scored on Tan’s hit.
Skelton’s home run for Scarborough came in the sixth with nobody aboard. A’s pitcher Derek Mayson quieted the Force’s bats by striking out the next two batters, then finishing with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
The A’s will play the Toronto Gators at 12noon eastern time (9am on the west coast) Friday. The A’s came into the tournament as the #6 ranked team in the world, while the Gators are the lowest ranked team still alive in the competition, knocking off several higher seeded teams, including # 5 Circle Tap.