Drew Taylor pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings to lower his ERA to a miniscule 0.59, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-1 win over the winless Hamilton Thunderbirds in the Intercounty Baseball league on Sunday (May 31). Hamilton is winless in 10 outings in the senior circuit.
Taylor (4-0) scattered five hits while striking out three and walking one to help the Leafs win their fifth straight Sunday home game with him pitching. The Leafs have lost the other three games they’ve played on the road this season.
Newcomer Rick Meinhold got the last five outs, allowing an unearned run in the ninth. Meinhold bailed the Leafs starter out of a two on, one out jam when he came on in the eighth, and only some sloppy defensive play in the ninth prevented him from finishing up the shutout.
Damon Topolie had two hits and drove in a run and Tony Lewis contributed a two-run single for the Leafs. Ryan Dear had a pair of hits for the T-Birds, while starter Ryan Vanspronsen went six innings, allowing four runs but just two of them earned on seven hits.
Hamilton could get some revenge, and its first victory, when the Maple Leafs visit Bernie Arbour Stadium on Friday (June 5) evening. The first pitch goes at 7.30 p.m. The game will be the first of three in three days for the Thunderbirds. They have a 2 p.m. date in Oshawa against the Dodgers on the following day and then welcome Barrie to Bernie Arbour on Sunday, for a 2 p.m. gametime.