Hamilton Thunderbirds come up dry against lead-leading Brantford


Hamilton Thunderbirds could muster a meager four hits off Brantford starting pitcher Brett Gray and the result was an 8-0 whitewashing applied by the Red Sox.

The defending senior Intercounty Baseball League champions pounded the T-Birds pitching staff for 13 hits on Sunday at Bernie Arbour Stadium to improve their circuit-leading record to 17-2 as the diamond duellers near the midway point of the schedule. Hamilton’s record dropped to 6-11.

Gray went eight innings to earn the victory retiring four batters on strikes. He gave way to Mark Ferguson in the ninth inning.

For the Thunderbirds, Nibaldo Acosta lasted seven innings, giving up four runs – two earned – on nine hits and a walk. He was victimized by four errors committed by his teammates in the early innings. He set down four batters on strikes. Scott Wells pitched the final two innings.

The Red Sox had two errors.

Josh McCurdy collected three hits for Brantford, including a seventh inning triple. He batted in one run and stole two bases. Raul Borjas, Lee Delfino, and Al Stephens had two hits each for the Sox. One of Delfino’s hits was a double.

Brantford left 13 men on base compared to five by the Thunderbirds.