Dan Jagdeo would go one-for-two at the plate and bat in two runs for Hamilton but it wasn’t enough as the Guelph Royals defeated the Cardinals by a final score of 8-5. The loss is the fourth in five games and ties them with Burlington for sixth with identical 13-24 records. The Cardinals have five games remaining in the regular season.
Zack Ranta singled with two outs before Jagdeo hit a two-run home run to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead after half an inning. Hamilton would add a third run in the top of the third. Andris Rizquez walked to open the inning and moved to second on a pass ball. Dre Celestijn would then single to put runners on the corner. Jagdeo would then draw a one-out walk to load the bases before Kyle Gappa hit a sacrifice fly to left field and bring in Rizquez.
The Royals got on the board in the bottom half of the third. C.J. Fearon singled with two outs and then advanced to third on Justin Interisano’s single. Josh Garton then drew a walk to load the bases. Fearon would score when Dan Treccia reached base on an error and make it a 3-1 game. Guelph would tie the game in the sixth when Duaine Bowles hit a two-run home run.
Hamilton would regain their lead in the top of the eighth on Jon Saporsantos’ lead off solo home run. However, the lead didn’t last long. Taylor Castrillo and Marc Sgrignoli each drew walks to open the inning. Aaron Loder then hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring in Castrillo to tie the game. Later in the inning Robert Grilli, who got on base by way of a fielder’s choice, scored on a wild pitch. Fearon would come in when Garton singled while Interisano crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Bowles would double to score Garton to close out the scoring in the eighth.
Rizquez and Celestijn each would draw walks to open the ninth and give the Cardinals some life. A couple batters later Jagdeo hit a sacrifice fly to bring in a run but that was as close as Hamilton would get.
Matt Martinow went six and two-thirds innings in the start for the Cardinals. Martinow would give up three runs, one was unearned, on eight hits, walking two batters and striking out three. Kyle Adoranti would relieve Martinow, going an inning while giving up five runs on one hit and six walks with a strikeout for the loss. Ranta pitch the final third of an inning giving up a hit to one of the two batters he faced.
For Guelph, Mark Wilush went six innings giving up three runs on four hits, walking five batters and striking out six without getting the decision. Roberto Suppa would get the win going three innings, giving up two runs on one hit while walking five batters and striking out three.
Hamilton will look to get back into the win column on Sunday afternoon (July 28) when they host the London Majors at 2:00 p.m. on Hamilton Challenger Baseball Day. Prior to the game the Cardinals will play a pick-up game with members of Challenger Baseball starting at 10:30 a.m.