T-Birds continue to surprise, take 2-1 lead in IBL playoffs with London

The Hamilton Thunderbirds pulled off another senior Intercounty Baseball League surprise, a 3-2 win over the London Majors on Tuesday night.

That win gave the Thunderbirds a 2-1 series lead in the playoff affair with the pennant-winning Majors. The eighth place regular season finishing Thunderbirds opened the post-season with a 2-1 upset in London on Sunday. The Majors rebounded from that with a 10-3 win In Hamilton on Monday.

Hamilton will go for its third win tonight, back home at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Game time is 7.30 p.m.

On Tuesday night, Jesse Reinstein pitched a complete-game four-hitter for the Thunderbirds, allowing two runs (one earned) with five strikeouts and two walks. He got offensive support from Geoff Allen who drove in a pair of runs while Richard Rausch added a pair of hits and an RBI for the winners.

Ryan McGorman took the loss for London, going seven innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

The Majors four hits were all singles. London had taken a 2-0 lead in the third inning but the Thunderbirds scored all their counters in the sixth inning.

On Monday night, the Majors pounded out 13 hits to tie the best-of-seven series.

Pierre Miville-Deschenes picked up the win on the mound, going five innings. He allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and won despite issuing eight walks. Three relievers finished up the game, which took more than three hours to play and featured 31 runners left on base, 16 of them by London.

Jess Bechard hit a two-run homer for the Majors and had two hits, with Dave Narodowski, Mason Reilly and Jeff Helps all adding two hits to the London attack.

Starter Kevin Whyte was the loser for Hamilton. He went 3 1/3 innings and allowed six runs – four earned – on nine hits with one strikeout and two walks. Hamilton made four errors, leading to the unearned runs.

Tom Robertson, Allen and Tim Hebner all had two hits for Hamilton.

In other IBL playoffs, Brantford leads Toronto, 2-0, Oshawa is up 2-0 over Barrie, and Guelph has a 2-1 edge over Kitchener.