Burlington Twins eliminated by Leafs

The Burlington Twins won the completion of Wednesday’s suspended game by scoring two runs in the 13th inning to take Game 5 of their Intercounty Baseball League series, 21-19.

That forced Game 6 immediately afterwards in the best-of-seven affair but the stubborn Twins bowed out of post season play when the Toronto Maple Leafs were 6-5 victors to take the quarter-final series four games to two on Thursday (Aug, 4) in Burlington.

The Leafs advanced to face the Brantford Red Sox in a best of seven semi-final series starting Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits at 2 p.m. The other series will feature the first-place Barrie Baycats against the sixth place Ottawa FatCats starting on Saturday night in Barrie.

Game 5 between Toronto and Burlington was suspended in the top of the 12th with two out and one on base Wednesday night at Christie Pits when the lights went out by curfew.

In the continuation of the suspended game on Thursday, the Twins’ Darryl Pui stroked a two-run single in the 13th to score Ryan Asis and Branson Joseph with the winning runs to give Burlington the win. The teams pounded out 46 total hits in the marathon contest.

Kurtis Robinson picked up the win for Burlington, pitching two innings and allowing only three hits and one walk.

Chris Cox took the loss for Toronto, giving up two runs, both earned, on two hits and one walk in 1.1 innings.

In the series clincher, Burlington scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 5-3 lead, however, the Leafs, who overcame an 11-run deficit in Game 5, came back with three in the ninth.

The Leafs scored the three runs off Burlington reliever and losing pitcher Benson Merritt when Kyle DeGrace led off with a single followed by walks to Kern Watts and Dan Gibbons which loaded the bases with one out. Merritt then threw a wild pitch scoring DeGrace, followed by an intentional walk to Jordan Castaldo to again load the bases. Damon Topolie grounded to short forcing Castaldo at second but a wild throw to first had Topolie safe with Watts and Gibbons both scoring on the play, giving Toronto a 6-5 lead.

Chris Cox was the winning pitcher, mowing down the Twins with a one-two-three ninth. Drew Taylor started for Toronto and went 7 1-3 innings, allowing only six hits and three walks before tiring in the eighth. He was charged with four of Burlington’s runs. Kurtis Robinson was the Twins starter and he duelled Taylor for 6 1-3 innings, allowing only three runs on five hits and three walks.

Raul Borjas and Gibbons each had two hits for the Leafs while Jonathan Slattery led Burlington with three hits. Greg Densem added two RBI with Ryan Asis hitting the game’s only home run to lead off the eighth inning.