Fat Cats dine on Cards pitching

The Ottawa Fat Cats scored seven runs in the first two innings to cruise to a 10-2 win over the host Hamilton Cardinals in one of two games played in the Intercounty Baseball League on Tuesday (July 24).

Brett Sabourin started and earned the win for the Fat Cats (17-18), allowing two earned runs on four hits with five walks and seven strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings pitched. LaDale Hayes threw the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and two strikeouts.

Brandon Huffman had three hits – a double and two singles – with a pair of RBI and a run scored, while Cody Mombourquette had three hits and three runs scored. Kevin Dietrich singled and doubled with three runs scored and two RBI, while Hayes added a double and a pair of RBI. Eitan Maoz doubled, drove in a run and came in to score, while Kevin Miller and Joe Stone each added singles. Jason Coker singled and scored a run and Pat Gagnon scored a run.

Neal Lambert started and lasted just two innings, taking the loss for the Cardinals (6-29). He allowed seven runs – three earned – on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout. Justin Volpato and Zack Pearson each came on to pitch two innings, successively, while Matt Betts, Nino Fasulo and Zack Ranta pitched an inning each to round out the parade of six Cards to the mound.

Hamilton was held to just five hits on the night, with Ranta accounting for a pair of those hits, a single and a double, with a run scored while Dan Jagdeo homered in the loss. Jonathan Solazzo singled and drove in a run while Ryan Taylor added a single.

The Cardinals game originally scheduled for Sunday, July 22 against the Barrie Baycats, which was rained out, has been rescheduled for Wednesday (July 25) in Barrie starting at 7:30 p.m. The game will feature Hamilton as the home team.