Bandits get no relief in error-filled slugfest

ibl logoDan Marra had two hits and drove in five runs and Raul Borjas added two hits and three RBI to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a messy 13-11 win over the lowly Burlington Bandits in Intercounty Baseball League action on Saturday (June 15).

Toronto (7-9) has struggled to find its groove all season but the Bandits (2-10) have been a lot worse, and have lost six straight games. The teams combined for 15 walks and seven errors before the Leafs finally stopped a four-run Burlington rally in the bottom of the ninth to get the badly needed win.

The Leafs and Bandits hook up again tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 p.m. at Dominico Field at Christie Pits.

Toronto carried a 13-5 lead into the bottom of the eighth but almost let it get away as the Bandits scored two runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth to make it close.

Jon Waltenbury added three hits and an RBI to Toronto’s 11-hit attack while Sean Mattson had a hit, scored three runs and drove in another for the Leafs, who are in the midst of playing three games in three days.

Starter Rick Brooks was pretty effective over five innings and got the win. He allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Reliever Justin Cicatello was rocked for nine runs on eight hits in his 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and three walks before Franco Pace finally got the last two outs in the ninth for the save.

Darryl Pui had three of Burlington’s 13 hits in the game and Jeff MacLeod added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Ryan Clarke, Phil Steer and Peter Bako all had two hits, an RBI and scored a run, while Connor Panas hit a three-run homer and Kyle Morton had two RBI for the losers.

Burlington starter Matthew St. Kitts was good for five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. His bullpen was hit hard, however, including reliever Kyle Bolton who was charged with the loss. Bolton went one inning and surrendered six runs on three hits with one strikeout and three walks.