Majors turn back Cardinals charge

A Hamilton Cardinals rally fell short as the London Majors defeated their Labatt Park guests 3-2 in senior Intercounty Baseball League play Thursday (May 24).

The Majors had taken a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings before the Cardinals scored a pair in the fourth to level the playing field. But that celebration was short lived when the Majors added the game’s final score in the bottom of the inning for the 3-2 win. The loss left Hamilton with a 1-4 win-loss record while the Majors improved to 3-3.

London opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Chambers reached base with a two out double and raced home on Cleveland Brownlee’s single. The Majors second run in the third inning came with Byron Reichstein opening the inning with a single, stealing second base, and scoring on Tyler Graham’s RBI single.

Chris Redfern led off the fourth inning for the Cardinals being hit by the first pitch he saw. Jon Saporsantos plated Redfern in with a two out double to cut the lead in half. John Solazzo followed that with a single which brought Saporsantos in to tie up the game at two.

London regained the lead in the bottom half of the fourth as Cardinals starting pitcher Matt Martinow gave up back-to-back two out walks to Ronando De Los Santos and Allan Cattrysse followed by a Reichstein single to bring in the game winning run.

For the Cardinals, Martinow went five innings allowing three runs – all earned – on eight hits, walking two, and striking out one batter for the loss. Relievers Justin Volpato, Mike Fortuna, and Nino Fasulo limited the Majors to one hit for the balance of the game.

Saporsantos had a 2-for-3 night at the plate for the Cardinals, with a single, double, an RBI, and a walk. Solazzo added two singles with one RBI in his four plate appearances while Steve Martinow was 1-for-3 with a single.

For London, Eric Cordova earned the win going seven and two-thirds innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits, allowing one walk and striking out five. Designated hitter Chris Chambers came on to relieve Cordova, going a third of an inning allowing two hits and striking out one. Mike Henry picked up the save striking out two batters in the ninth inning.

The Cardinals return to Bernie Arbour Stadium Friday (May 25) when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m.