Twins surprise Maple Leafs in playoff opener

The Burlington Twins pounded out 19 hits to stun the Toronto Maple Leafs 13-9 in the opening game of their best-of-seven Intercounty Baseball League playoff series at Dominico Field at Christie Pits on Wednesday (July 27).

Game two in the series is Thursday night in Burlington, with game three back in Toronto Sunday.

Toronto (22-13) blasted Burlington (9-25) 24-8 on Monday night in the regular season finale to get second place and set up the series, but the Twins ripped Toronto pitching all night en route to the surprising first game win.

Ian Choy had three hits, scored four runs and hit a two-run homer for the Twins, while Peter Bako, Darryl Pui and Greg Densem all also had three hits. Pui and Densem also both drove in three runs.

Twins reliever Branson Merritt got the win. He went 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits with one strikeout and no walks. Jeff McLeod got the last six outs for the save, allowing just one hit.

Reliever Sam Jew was tagged for five runs in the eighth inning and took the loss. Jew went 1 2/3 innings allowing five runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk after starter Mel Melehes laboured through 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Kern Watts had two of Toronto’s 12 hits, including a three-run homer. Damon Topolie had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run while Sean Travers and Jon Waltenbury both drove in a pair of runs for the Leafs.