Cards take advantage of Cubs wild night

Owen Angus-Yamada kicks up a lot of dirt while scoring on a wild pitch (Photo: Yukio Yamada/Hamilton Cardinals)

The visiting Cardinals watched two leads slip from their grasp but still managed to score a 9-4 win over the Cambridge Cubs in Inter-County Baseball Association Tier 1 Bantam play on Monday (July 18). The win left Hamilton with a 10-8 record while the Cubs fell to 8-12.

The Cards drew first blood with Mikey White’s run-batted-in RBI in the top of the second. After the Cubs failed to respond in the bottom of the second, the Cards scored two more in the top of the third with starting pitcher Marlon Krupa’s RBI and Owen Angus-Yamada racing home on a wild pitch.

Hamilton was kept off the scoreboard in the top of the fourth and the Cubs tied the score at three in their half of the frame. The Cards restored the lead in the following inning with a Grant Preece RBI only to see Cambridge tie the score 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth.

Hamilton scored two in the top of the sixth with a Justin O’Reilly RBI and Ty Porter reaching home on another wild pitch. Christian Nunez took the mound for the Cards in the bottom of the sixth and shut down the Cubs one, two three.

The Cards completed their scoring in the top of the seventh. Preece scored an unearned run, Nunez hit an RBI triple and O’Reilly got his second RBI of the game. The Cubs failed to score in the bottom of the seventh and that was the game.

Krupa walked two, struck out three, allowed five hits, hit four batters, was charged with three earned runs and one was unearned. Nunez had three strikeouts, no walks, one hit and no runs.

“I am happy with our pitchers,” said coach Rich Minken of the Cards. “Our base running and hitting is very poor,” he added.