Cards capitalize on Royals wild night

A wild pitch allowed Cardinals’ Richard Minken to race home in the fourth inning. (Photo: Yukio Yamada/Hamilton Cardinals)

Hamilton Cardinals Major Bantams downed the Guelph Royals, 8-5, on Saturday (August 20) evening in InterCounty Baseball Association playoffs. The win was Hamilton’s third in four outings.

The home team Royals sent pitching ace Nick Interisano to the mound. Lead-off batter Richard Minken slammed a stand-up triple and he would score on Grant Preece’s sacrifice bunt. The Royals tied the score at one with a sacrifice fly off Cardinals’ pitcher Justin O’Reilly in the bottom of the first.

The Cards’ Christian Nunez stole home in the top of the second. O’Reilly shut down the Royals in order in the bottom of the frame.

The Cards struck again in the third from a Marlon Krupa RBI. Krupa would race home on a wild pitch and Hamilton had a 4-1 lead.

After a lead-off walk in the bottom of the third, O’Reilly and the Card D shut down the next three Royal batters.

Richard Minken provided the scoring in the top of the fourth for Hamilton. Minken drove in a run with a stand-up triple and then scampered home on another wild pitch to give the Cardinals a 6-1 margin.

O’Reilly struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth to protect Hamilton’s lead. He then chipped in an RBI in the top of the sixth.

The Royals’ offence came to life in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three earned runs.

O’Reilly reached his pitch count limit and gave way to Nunez with two away and one onboard in the bottom of the sixth. A Royal runner was nailed at home when he tried to cross with a wild pitch.

Nunez would get an RBI in the top of the seventh and the Cards led 8-4. Card Owen Angus-Yamada took the mound in the bottom of the seventh and allowed an RBI but that was it.