TORONTO – Hamilton’s chance to gain ground on Toronto and fifth place in the Intercounty Baseball League was lost on Wednesday night (July 17) when the Cardinals were beaten by the Maple Leafs, 12-3.
With the victory, Toronto (13-17) moves a game and a half up on the Cardinals (12-19) for fifth place, three games ahead of the Burlington Bandits.
Toronto wasted little time in setting the tone for the game, scoring in their first at-bat. Jon Waltenbury drew a walk and moved to second base when Sean Reilly also drew a walk courtesy of Cardinals’ starting pitcher Matt Martinow. Waltenbury scored on Sean Mattson’s RBI single.
The Maple Leafs extended their lead in the third when they sent all nine batters to the plate. Branfy Arias singled to open the inning and scored on Raul Borjas’ triple. Waltenbury’s ground out plated Borjas. Reilly, Mattson and Rob Gillis followed with singles to load up the bases before Damon Topolie grounded out and brought in a run. Toronto added two more runs before the inning was over as Mattson and Gillis scored when Steve Coates reached base on an error and gave his team a 6-0 lead.
Waltenbury added another run with a two-out solo home run in the fourth inning while Mattson hit a three run home run in the sixth to make it a 10-0 game in favour of the Leafs. Toronto would add two more in the bottom of the seventh to take a 12 run lead on the Cardinals.
Hamilton broke the shutout bid in the eighth inning when Dre Celestijn hit a two-out solo home run. The Cardinals would get two more runs in the ninth as Kyle Gappa doubled and then scored on John Solazzo’s fifth home run of the season.
Hamilton was outhit 18-9.
For the Cardinals, Martinow was roughed up for 10 runs – eight were earned – on 14 hits, two walks and three strike outs over six innings for the loss. Dustin Godden pitched the final two innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out one batter.
For Toronto, Troy Marks earned the win going seven innings and not allowing a run. Marks would give up five hits, a walk, hit a batter, and struck out eight during his time on the mound. Conor Lillis-White relieved Marks to start the eighth inning and gave up a run on one hit and striking out one. Justin Cicatello pitched the ninth inning and gave up two runs on three hits and striking out one.
The next game for the Cardinals is Thursday night (July 18) in Kitchener against the Panthers at Jack Couch Park. Hamilton is home the next night when the Brantford Red Sox visit at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.