Leafs find Twins are no pushovers

Jon Waltenbury hit a pair of mammoth home runs as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a 4-2 deficit to edge the pesky Burlington Twins 7-5 in the third game of their best-of-seven Intercounty Baseball League opening round series Sunday afternoon at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.

Toronto leads the series 2-1 with game four in Burlington on Tuesday night and game five back in Toronto Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The second place Leafs finished 13 games ahead of the seventh place Twins in the regular season, but have had to fight hard to take the series advantage back. They needed a crucial pinch-hit, two-run homer from Raul Borjas in the sixth inning to take the lead, and also a solo shot earlier in the inning and another two-run homer in the seventh from Waltenbury, to finally put game three away.

Brett Lawson got the win for the Leafs, tossing six innings. He battled control problems at times but got the job done, allowing four runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Sam Jew allowed one more run on one hit over two innings before a scoreless ninth from Chris Cox completed the 12-hitter.

Sean Travers added two hits, scored a run and drove in another for the Leafs, who have now won the last two games in the series after dropping the series opener 13-9 last Wednesday.

Burlington starter Kurtis Robinson left after 4 1/3 innings after suffering an apparent blister on his hand, and the Twins bullpen couldn’t hold their early lead. Kyle Bolton, the second of two relievers to replace him, allowed the three Toronto homers in one inning of work and took the loss.

Ryan Asis had a big day at the plate for the losers with three hits and three RBI, while Jonathan Slattery also had three hits and scored a pair of runs.