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Wednesday, July 25
Giants 7 vs. Stars 6 -- Box score
The Giants rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind and beat the Stars in the final game of the 2012 Breakthrough Series. The Giants took advantage of some defensive miscues and erratic pitching from the Stars to jump out to an early 5-1 lead. The Stars then reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a four-run frame, which was highlighted by a two-RBI triple from Matthew McPhearson. Down by one in the top of the ninth inning, the Giants scratched across two runs when the Stars were unable to make a play on a slow ground ball. Although the Stars were down a run in the bottom of the inning, the team didn't go down without a fight. A double from Julian Guerrero put two runners in scoring position with just one out. But after an intentional walk loaded the bases, Juan Escarra hit into a double play that ended the game. Anthony Bostick led the way offensively for the Giants with three hits, and Bryson Brigman recorded three hits for the Stars.
Monarchs 1 vs. Stripes 8 -- Box score
In Game 3 of the 2012 Breakthrough Series, the Stripes took control over the Monarchs early and never looked back. The Stripes kept the pressure on the entire game as it scored runs in all but three innings and also shut down the Monarchs defensively. Harry Thomas started for the Stripes and threw four innings and didn't allow a run. He struck out five and surrendered just two hits. Darius Day led the team offensively with two hits, and Tyrone Perry knocked in two runs. Silento Sayles drove in the only run of the day for the Monarchs on a fielder's choice in the top of the eighth inning.
Tuesday, July 24
Giants 6 vs. Monarchs 6 -- Box score
The Giants and the Monarchs ended Game 2 of the Breakthrough Series in a 6-6 tie after the 10th inning because both teams were out of available players to pitch. Down by a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, Devin Williams tripled to center field and later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at four. In the top of the 10th inning with the international tiebreaker rule in effect, the Giants took a 6-4 lead when Robert Fletcher stole home and Tyler Jordan drove in a run on a base hit. In the bottom half of the inning, the Monarchs tied the game by scoring two runs off of wild pitches. Tyler Jordan and Tyler Johnson each notched two hits for the Giants and Monarchs, respectively.
The Stars and Stripes went back and forth the entire game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Game 1 of the 2012 Breakthrough Series. But with the score tied in the top of the ninth inning, Marshawn Taylor roped a three-run double to give the Stripes the lead for good. De'quan Blackmon shut down the Stars in the bottom half of the inning to earn the save and secure a 6-3 win for the Stripes. Tyrone Perry picked up the win for the Stripes, and Akeem Bostick was tagged with the loss for the Stars. Along with Taylor, Roosevelt Bates led the Stripes offensively with two hits. For the Stars, Juan Escarra recorded three hits and Bryson Brigman had two base knocks to pace the team offensively.
Monday, July 23
The 80 players invited to compete in the 2012 Breakthrough Series arrived and took part in scout evaluations at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Players ran timed 60-yard sprints and took infield/outfield and batting practice. The players will be split into four teams and will play in three games each over the course of the event.
Monday game update
Due to inclement weather, Monday's games have been canceled. The Breakthrough Series will continue Tuesday with the first game at 11:05 a.m. ET at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C., and at 2:30 p.m. ET at the NTC.