Dan Jagdeo’s four-for-four plate performance, including three runs-batted-in, and Tim Krawczyk’s and Mike Elwood’s combined five-hit pitching effort, carried the Hamilton Cardinals to a come-from-behind 4-2 win over the visiting Kitchener Panthers on Friday night (June 21).
For the second straight night, the Cardinals gave up two runs in the first inning of the senior Intercounty Baseball League affair but pulled out the win in the seventh inning to take sole possession of fifth place, a half game up on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The win was Hamilton’s second straight.
Kitchener’s 2-0 lead came when Mike Glinka hit a one out single and advanced to second when Jeff Pietraszko walked. Mitch Delaney then delivered a two-run double.
The Cardinals evened the count in the fifth with Mike Gottschalk and Andris Rizquez drawing one out walks. They advanced when Dre Celestijn hit a deep fly ball to centre field. Dan Jagdeo then stepped to the plate and slashed a two-out single to plate the runners.
Hamilton took the lead in the seventh after Rizquez and Celestijn each singled with one out. They moved around on Jagdeo’s double which brought in Rizquez for a 3-2 lead. The Cardinals added one more run in the eighth inning when Jon Saporsantos scored on an error to complete the scoring and take the win from the fourth-place Panthers.
Krawczyk started the game and went four innings giving up two runs on two hits, walking five and striking out one. Elwood, who just recently signed with the team, earned the win going five innings allowing three hits, walking one, hitting one batter and striking out one.
Mike McGillivray went six innings in the start for the Panthers giving up two runs on four hits, walking four and striking out five. Adam Lents relieved McGillivray and went a third of an inning giving up one run on three hits and took the loss. Mike Gatchene pitched the final one and two-thirds innings giving up an unearned run on one hit, walking two and striking out two.
Hamilton’s next game is Sunday (June 23) when they host the league-leading Brantford Red Sox starting at 2 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Stadium.