T-Birds score late inning surge over Twins


Hamilton Thunderbirds plated seven runs on three hits in the seventh inning to score a come from behind victory over the Burlington Twins. The win moves Hamilton past Burlington into seventh place with a 4-11 record, seven games out of first place.

Matt Spillman walked to open the game for Burlington and then advanced to second on Peter Bako’s walk. Branson Joseph then singled to score Spillman for a 1-0 lead after half an inning.

The Twins doubled their lead in the fourth as John Slattery, Darryl Pui, Brian Sewell and Spillman all had one out singles with Slattery scoring on Sewell’s hit.

The Thunderbirds looked to get on the board in the sixth inning. With Darnell Duckett on first base, after singling, Dan Jagdeo hit a hot liner down the first baseline which Sewell made an amazing diving catch to retire Jagdeo and landed on first bases for an unassisted double play.

Hamilton would break the shutout in the bottom of the seventh as they scored seven times. Adam Durfee led off with a double with Steven Hubbs and Jonathan Solazzo both drawing walks to load the bases. Taylor Vanderlip then stepped to the plate and walked to bring Durfee in. Graeme Carey then came up and drew the fourth walk of the inning, bringing in the tying run. Chris Piano was the next batter and stroked a double up the middle to clear the bases and score the eventual game winning run. Piano then stole third bases and scored on a throwing error by the Twins’ catcher. The Thunderbirds scored once more in the inning on Dan Jagdeo’s RBI sacrifice fly to deep centre field.

Jordell Farquharson started for the Thunderbirds going five innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, while walking three batters. Bill Langford relieved Farquharson going one inning allowing one hit and striking out one. Matt Martinow picked up the win, pitching the final three innings of the game, allowing one walk and striking out two of the ten batters he faced to close out the game.

For Burlington, Kurtis Robinson took the loss going six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, walking two batters and striking out one. Shane Cole came in to relieve Robinson pitching a third of an inning, allowing three earned runs on one hit, walking two batters and striking out one. Benson Merritt finished the seventh inning for the Twins going two-thirds of an innings, allowing one unearned run on one hit, walking one and striking out one. Dave Hatt would finish the game for Burlington going one inning allowing a hit and striking out one.

The Thunderbirds next game will be on Wednesday June 15th when they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs at Christie Pits starting at 7:30pm.