Mike Gottschalk would hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to get the Cardinals back into the game but it wasn’t enough as the Majors would score 16 runs in the final three innings to defeat Hamilton 22-7 on Sunday (July 28). The loss puts the Cardinals a half game ahead of Burlington, who lost a double header in Kitchener, for sixth place.
Paul Young and Ryan LaPensee would each hit one out singles for the Majors in the top of the first inning. Cleveland Brownlee would then double to cash in Young before Adwin Springer hit a sacrifice fly to centre field to go up 2-0. The Majors would add another run in the third inning when Brownlee scored on a Derrik Strzalkowski single.
In the fifth fourth inning, Chris Stewart and Young drew walks to start the inning. Stewart would move around the bases and score on a wild pitch. LaPensee, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, would come across the plate on Paul LaMantia’s RBI single for a 5-0 lead.
Hamilton finally got on the board with a bat around fifth inning. John Solazzo doubled with one out and then came in on Gottschalk’s two-run home run to right centre. Zack Sardellitti would then single and was joined on base when Ryan Taylor was hit by a pitch. Andris Rizquez then singled up the middle bring in Sardellitti. Taylor would also score in the inning when Dre Celestijn singled to right field to make it a one run game. Zack Ranta would close out the scoring by hitting a sacrifice fly to bring in Rizquez and tie the game at five.
London regained the lead in the sixth as LaPensee, who had a leadoff walk, when Springer hit into double play. However, the Cardinals would make it interesting in the bottom half of the sixth. Jon Saporsantos led off the inning with a walk and moved to third base when the second baseman threw Solazzo’s hit away. Sardellitti would then single to left field which brought in Saporsantos to tie the game. Rizquez then stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and got on when his hit went right through the second baseman’s legs to plate Sardellitti for a 7-6 lead through six innings.
Unfortunately for Hamilton, London’s bats woke up as they score 12 times in the top of the seventh. The inning was highlighted by a two-run home run by Brownlee and a bases loaded double by LaPensee. The Majors would add three more in the eighth and one in the ninth for a 22-7 victory.
For Hamilton, Tim Krawczyk started the game and took the loss going six innings, giving up eight runs on ten hits, walking eight batters, hitting two batters and striking out one. Tomas Rincon would replace Krawczyk in the seventh and lasted two-thirds an inning giving up ten runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and walking one. Nino Fasulo would then come in and goes one and a third innings giving up three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Dan Jagdeo pitched the final inning of the game, the first time in over five years, giving up a run on three hits and striking out one.
For the Majors, Andre Marck started the game and went five and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Jacob Raffaele, Mike Mitro and Josh Palmer would combine to pitch the final three and a third innings with Raffaele giving up the final hit and earned the win. The three pitchers would combine for giving up two walks and striking out five.
Hamilton hosts the league leading Brantford Red Sox on Monday night at Bernie Arbour Stadium starting at 7:30 PM. This game was originally scheduled for Friday July 19th but was rained out when major storms went through the area.