For four innings the Hamilton Cardinals held their own against the Maple Leafs in their Intercounty Baseball League get together at Toronto’s Christie Pits Sunday (June 26).
But then the wheels fell off Hamilton’s cart and Toronto rolled to a 9-0 win. It was the Leafs second win in as many days. Friday in Hamilton the Leafs beat the Cards, 13-3.
Sunday, the team’s staged a pitcher’s duel during the first four innings, taking a scoreless game into the fifth frame. That’s when the Leafs scored three runs, added three more in the sixth, a single in the seventh and finished with two in the eighth.
Meanwhile the Hamilton bats remained silent and at the end of the game the Cards could count only four hits in total.
Justin Marra led Toronto with three hits and five RBIs while four different Cardinals had a hit in the game.
Ryan White and Connor Lewis started the bottom of the fifth inning off with singles before each were moved up a base on Grant Tamane’s sacrifice bunt. Sean Mattson would later walk to load the bases which brought Marra to the plate. He would single to bring in the first two runs of the game. Then his brother, Dan, would single to allow another run to score and make it 3-0 for Toronto.
The Leafs would double their lead in the sixth when Mattson and Justin Marra each hit singles which saw Mattson collect two RBIs and Justin one RBI.
Toronto’s runs in the eighth came from a Justin Marra two-run home run to make the final score 9-0.
The Cardinals had their chances but three times they hit into double plays to kill any scoring chances. which any threat of them getting on the board.
For the Cardinals, Robert Wilson took the loss going five innings, allowing four runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits, walking four and striking out five. Benson Merritt would then take over and faced three batters, giving up two runs on two walks in a third of an inning. Russ Burroughs took over on the mound going an inning and two-thirds to allow one run on four hits.
TJ Baker came in to start the eighth for Hamilton, giving up a run on one hit and picking up a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. Darek Bishop finished off the game going a third of an inning, allowing one run on one hit.
For Toronto, Dillan Mullholland picked up the win going seven innings, allowing two hits, three hits and striking out three. David Ertl and Adam Garner each would pitch an inning and each allowed a hit.
Hamilton plays again Wednesday night when they visit Arnold Anderson Stadium in Brantford to face the Red Sox at 8 p.m.