T-Birds win streak comes to a halt

London, taking advantage of Hamilton errors, took a 6-2 senior Intercounty Baseball League game and stopped the Thunderbirds win streak at three.

Playing at home, the Majors got on the board in the bottom of the first on the Thunderbirds’ third error of the inning that brought in Ryan Lapensee. London would add to the lead in the fourth when Chris Chambers opened the inning with a single, stole second base and advanced to third on a third strike passed ball that allowed Ryan Cattrysse to reach base.

Mike Gottschalk, Hamilton’s starting pitcher, loaded the bases when he walked Milly Martinello and Paul Lytwenyk stroked a two-run single.

The Thunderbirds would get those two runs back in the fifth. Graeme Carey started the inning with a single and was followed by Jon Saporsantos and Colin Zwiebel walking to load the bases. Chris Piano plated Carey and Saporsantos would score on a fielding error by Lytwenyk at third.

But London would add three runs in the bottom of the eighth off of reliever Nino Fasulo to ensure the victory.

Pierre Miville-Deschenes, London’s starter, would earn the win going eight innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while walking four and striking out ten. Josh Palmer would close out the game for London in the ninth, striking out one and walking one.

For Hamilton, Gottschalk went seven innings allowing three runs, one of which was earned, on three hits, walking one and striking out seven. Fasulo would pitch two-thirds of an inning allowing three earned runs on three hits and walking one. Doug Chrysler would pitch the final third of the eighth inning only allowing a single hit.

Hamilton’s next game is Saturday afternoon in Mississauga against the Twins starting at 2 p.m. The Thunderbirds return home on Sunday at 2 p.m. when they host the Twins on Pink Ladies Day in support of Run for the Cure.