A day after Hamilton had ten hits, five of which were home runs, the Kitchener pitchers silenced the Cardinals bats on Tuesday (July 30) and took the game by a final score of 10-1. The Panthers would out hit the Cardinals, who were playing their sixth game in as many days, 12 to four in the game. With the loss the Hamilton drop their record to 14-26 on the season but hold a half game lead on Burlington for sixth place with two games remaining.
Mike Andrulis got on base with one out in the bottom of the first and advanced to second on a stolen base. He would then score on Jeff Pietraszko’s single up the middle. Pietraszko would move to second base when Mitch Delaney grounded out to second and then scored on Tanner Nivins’ double to take a 2-0 lead for the Panthers. Kitchener would make it 3-0 when Pietraszko hit a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the third inning.
In the sixth, Kitchener would send all nine batters to the plate. Nivins led off being hit by a pitch and stole second base before Mat Taube drew a walk. Brian Burton would load up the bases when he got on by way of an error. Rick Murray then doubled to score two runs. Burton then scored on Iggy Villalobos’ single. The Cardinals recorded their first out of the inning when Kevin Nickel hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Murray and take a 7-0 lead.
Hamilton would get on the board in the eighth inning as John Solazzo was hit by a pitch and then moved to third when Anthony Rizquez, who pinch hit for Mike Gottschalk, reached base on an error charged to the Panthers’ pitcher Kaisuke Saito. The result of the error put runners on second and third. Andris Rizquez would then single and see Solazzo score but Anthony Rizquez was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning.
The Panthers would add three more runs in the bottom of the eighth on their way to a 10-1 victory over the Cardinals.
For Hamilton, Brett van Pelt started the game and took the loss going five innings, giving up three runs on six hits, walking two batters and striking out two. Dustin Godden relieved van Pelt to start the sixth and went two innings giving up seven runs, one of which was unearned, on four hits and walking four. Zack Sardellitti pitched the eighth and gave up two hits while striking out one batter.
For the Panthers, Shaun Hancock went seven innings giving up three hits, a walk and striking out five for the win. Saito pitched the final two innings giving up one run on one hit and striking out two.
Hamilton will now get a couple days off before they play their final two games, both at home, of the regular season. The Cardinals will host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night starting at 7:30 PM and then on Sunday they will host the Burlington Bandits starting at 2:00 PM on The Fanz Choice Day. Sunday’s game could decide who will finish in sixth place.