Cardinals clipped by Majors

Hamilton’s hopes of putting two wins together came to a quick end on Tuesday (June 26) when the London Majors defeated the visiting Cardinals, 8-2.

The Cards had snapped a seven game losing streak on Sunday in senior Intercounty Baseball League play.

Tuesday evening started on a positive note for the Cards who scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead but double runs in the second and fourth innings put the Majors into the driver’s seat. While Cardinals starting pitcher Brett van Pelt was holding his own with seven strikeouts, Derrick Strazalkswiski’s two-run single in the fourth inning gave the Majors the lead for good after Hamilton had tied the score 2-2 in the top of the inning.

The Cardinals opened the game with three consecutive singles by Nathan Smith, Chris Redfern and Jon Saporsantos. Zach Ranta then reached base on a fielder’s choice that saw Smith cross the plate for the visitors first run.

In the bottom of the second, London’s Cleveland Brownlee was awarded first base after being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a pass ball. Brownlee scored on Tyler Graham’s RBI single. Graham scored on Strazalkswiski’s single to give the Majors a 2-1 lead.

Hamilton tied the game in the fourth as junior call-up Colin Porter doubled with one out and scored on Ryan Taylor’s single. Strazalkswiski struck again with a two-run single bringing in Brownlee, who walked to open the inning, and Chris Chambers, who got on with a single. Chambers added to the lead in the London half of the fifth when he singled in Byron Reichstein who reached base on an error with two outs.

London would get two more runs in the seventh, one when Chris Stewart took the first pitch of the inning over the wall for a solo homerun. The Majors capped off the night with a run in the eighth on a Jason Schneider ground out to make the final 8-2.

For Hamilton, van Pelt took the loss going four and two-thirds innings allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits while walking three and striking out seven. Reliever Matt Betts went two and a third innings allowing two earned runs on three hits. Myles Swartz pitched the eighth inning allowing the solo home run and walking a batter.

For the Majors, Geoff Mann went five innings allowing two earned runs on five hits, walking three and striking out four for his second win of the season. Josh Palmer came in to start the sixth and faced 13 batters walking three and striking out three. Jason Schneider pitched the final inning facing four batters and allowing one to reach base by being hit by a pitch.

The Cardinals will try to get back into the win column on Friday (June 29) when they host the Maple Leafs at Bernie Arbour Stadium to start the holiday weekend. Game time is 7:30 p.m.