The Hamilton Cardinals snapped a two-game losing skid in a stunning way on Monday night.
The sixth place Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and managed to stave off the first place Brantford Red Sox en route to an 8-7 win in one of two games played in the Intercounty Baseball League on Monday night (July 29).
The Red Sox (32-7) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, then led 3-1 heading to the bottom of the fourth before the Cardinals (14-25) scored two runs of their own to tie the game 3-3. Brantford tallied a lone run in the top of the fifth to go up 4-3, but the Cards responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead of the game, 6-4.
The game see-sawed again, with Brantford notching three runs in the top of the sixth to go up 7-6, but it was the two runs by Hamilton in the bottom of the sixth that made the difference, giving them the 8-7 win and their first win over the Red Sox this season.
The Cardinals earned the win despite being out-hit by the Red Sox (15-10) and committing more errors (3-1).
Ryan Van Spronsen came on to start the fifth inning for the Cardinals and earned the win, allowing 10 hits and three unearned runs with four walks and two strikeouts over five innings of work.
Five of Hamilton’s 10 hits on the night were home runs, including two from Jonathan Solazzo who finished with three RBI and two runs scored. Andris and Anthony Rizquez each homered with Anthony also adding a double and an extra run scored. Dre Celestijn hit a two-run shot, while Jon Saporsantos doubled and scored a run. Mike Gottschalk singled and scored, while Kyle Gappa and Zack Sardellitti each added singles in the win.
Adam Kudryk allowed two hits and two earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts in the sixth inning to suffer the loss over the one inning of work for Brantford.
Wayne Forman had a four-hit night for the Red Sox, while Scott Thorman had three singles and three RBI. Hyung Cho had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI, while Eitan Maoz singled and doubled, scoring three times. Lee Delfino singled and homered, driving in a pair and scoring once, while Tyler Burnell singled and scored. Terrell Alliman had a hit and Josh McCurdy walked twice and scored twice for Brantford in the loss.
Hamilton ends their six games in six days marathon on Tuesday night (July 30) when they travel to Kitchener to face the Panthers starting at 7:30 p.m. Following the game the Cardinals will get two days off before hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on August 2 at Bernie Arbour Stadium, also starting at 7:30 p.m.