Cards end losing streak, eye fifth place

ibl_cardinals_logoAfter losing 15-2 to Toronto almost a week earlier, the Hamilton Cardinals rebounded with a 10-6 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday night (June 14) at Bernie Arbour Stadium in front of close to 300 fans. With the win, Hamilton (5-10) is now a game behind Toronto (6-9) for fifth place in the Intercounty Baseball League.

The Cards could improve their fortunes on Sunday when the Guelph Royals visit Bernie Arbour for a 2 p.m. affair.

On Friday, to stop a three game losing streak, Hamilton opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Andris Rizquez and Dre Celestijn each singled to start the inning. Dan Jagdeo followed with a three-run home run over the right field fence to give the Cardinals an early 3-0 lead.

After the Maple Leafs scored their first run in the sixth inning – Glenn Jackson had a leadoff single, stole second, advanced on a ground out and scored on a fielder’s choice – the Cardinals blew the game wide open, sending 12 batters to the plate in their half of the frame and produced six runs.

Rizquez opened with a double and advanced 90-feet on Celestijn’s single. Jagdeo singled to plate Rizquez. Kyle Gappa added a two-out single to cash in Celestijn. John Solazzo had a run-scoring double to bring in Gappa and Jon Saporsantos, who had walked. Celestijn would draw a bases loaded walk in his second at bat of the inning to make the score 9-1 for Hamilton.

Toronto responded in the seventh scoring three times. Damon Topolie and Sean Mattson each drew one out walks and scored on Justin Gianfrancesco’s double. Dan Marra’s infield out allowed Gianfrancesco to score.

The Cards got one of those runs back when Zack Ranta had a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

The Maple Leafs added add single runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings to complete the scoring.

For Hamilton, Tim Black made his first start of the season going four innings allowing two hits, a walk and striking out two. Tim Krawczyk came in to start the fifth for the Cardinals, earning the win after allowing five earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out two in four innings on the mound. Nino Fasulo closed out the game, allowing one run on one hit and walking one batter.

For the Maple Leafs, Marc-Andre Major also made his debut and took the loss, going five innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, walking four batters, hitting one and striking out five. Reliever Cam Grey went two-thirds of an inning allowing six runs – five were earned – on six hits, walking one and hitting one batter. Jas Shergill took over for Grey and went an inning and a third allowing one earned run on a hit, walking one and striking out one. Franco Pace pitched the eighth inning striking out one batter.