The Hamilton Cardinals pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of four errors to maul the Toronto Maple Leafs, 15-7, in Intercounty Baseball League play on Wednesday night (June 26).
Andris Rizquez hit a three-run homer and had two hits and five RBI, John Solazzo had a three-run homer, four hits, scored four runs and added four RBI, and Dan Jagdeo also homered for the Cardinals, who scored 12 runs from the third to fifth innings to blow the game open.
Hamilton (9-12) moved ahead of Toronto (8-12) – back into fifth place in the IBL standings with the win, as once again the Leafs pitching woes continued.
Hamilton’s pitching was much better than Toronto’s, as starter Matt Martinow pitched six decent innings for the win. He allowed four runs – just one earned – while scattering 11 hits with one strikeout and one walk before Ryan Van Spronsen pitched the last three innings to finish up.
Mike Gottschalk had three hits, scored four runs and drove in another two while Zach Sardellitti also had two hits for the Cardinals, one of the league’s most improved teams this season.
Toronto starter Marek Deska was knocked around for nine runs – eight earned – on eight hits over his four innings and took the loss, striking out four and walking one. Three Leaf relievers were also hit hard.
Sean Mattson homered, had three hits and scored three runs with two RBI for the Leafs, who had 16 hits but failed to capitalize on numerous chances. Sean Reilly added a two-run homer and scored twice, Cody Mombourquette added two hits and an RBI, and Kevin Hinton had three hits for Toronto.
Dan Marra and Glenn Jackson also had two hits for the Leafs.
Hamilton’s next game is Friday (June 28) when the Kitchener Panthers visit Bernie Arbour Stadium for a 7.30 p.m. meeting.