Hamilton’s hopes of ending a two-game Intercounty Baseball League losing streak came crashing down Friday night (May 22) when the visiting Brantford Red Sox scored five times in the ninth inning to defeat the Cardinals, 6-1.
Adam Prashad made his first start for Hamilton and threw a gem on the mound going eight and a two-thirds innings but it wasn’t enough. Terrell Alliman led Brantford at the plate going two-for-four, scoring a run and batting in one.
The Red Sox also struck first, scoring in the third inning. Lee Delfino doubled to centre field to open the inning and moved to third when Nic Burnell singled to left field. A couple batters later saw Delfino score when Denno Koziol reached base on an error charged to the left fielder.
Hamilton got that run back in the fourth inning to tie the game at one. Jon Saporsantos and Kyle Gappa each singled to start the inning. Joel Brophy, one of the newest Cardinals, reached base on an error to load the bases. Lucas Pattison then hit into a double play which allowed Saporsantos to score.
In the fateful ninth, Brantford sent 11 batters to the plate. Jeff Hunt led off with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Brandon Dailey. Nate DeSouza then struck out but a passed ball allowed Hunt to move to third base. Alliman then collected his second hit of the game to score the game winning run.
Brantford added add four more runs on four walks and a Cardinal error. One of the four runs came from a bases loaded wild pitch.
For the Cardinals, Prashad went eight and two-thirds inning in his first start for Hamilton. He allowed three runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits and struck out five in taking the loss. Tanner Guindon entered the game with two out in the ninth and faced three batters, walking two of them and allowing three unearned runs. Dylan Gorsul faced the final four Red Sox batters allowing three walks and striking out one.
For Brantford, Jamie Richmond picked up his first win of the year. Richmond went eight innings allowing an unearned run on six hits and striking out seven. Matt Betts pitched the ninth, facing five batters and striking out one.
The Cardinals play their next three games on the road starting Saturday afternoon when they travel to Barrie to face the Baycats at 2 p.m. The following day they will head to Toronto and take on the Maple Leafs at 2 p.m.
In the other IBL game Friday, the Majors pounded out 19 hits en route to a 19-2 rout against the Guelph Royals at London’s Labatt Park. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Majors scored one run in the third inning, three in the fourth, four runs in the sixth and 11 more in the seventh.