Cardinals have Major problem in London

ibl logoA night after the Cardinals defeated London, 4-3, at Bernie Arbour the Majors turned the tables at home, defeating Hamilton, 10-2, in a senior Intercounty Baseball League game Saturday night (July 4).

London pounded out 20 hits in the contest while the Cardinals had 10 with Junior call ups Dave Vanderby and Lake Molleson combining for five of the Hamilton hits.

With the loss, Hamilton (8-16) remains a half game behind the Burlington Bandits (8-15) for seventh place.

London jumped to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning when Cleveland Brownlee led off with a single and promptly stole second base. He advanced to third on Kenta Nishii’s single and scored when Larry Gonzalez grounded out. Brent Sabourin followed with a stand up double to plate Nishii.

Alex Martinez contributed to the hit parade with a single to put runners on first and second. Humberto Ruiz connected for a two-out single to score Sabourin, giving the Majors a 3-0 lead.

Dre Celestijn got the Cardinals on the board in the top of the fourth with a two-out solo home run, his first of the season. But London got that run back plus an additional two in their half of the fourth.

London added three more runs in the fifth and one in the seventh while Hamilton added one in the ninth when Molleson, who had doubled, scored on Nate Mastervick’s two-out single.

For the Cardinals, Tanner Guindon took the loss going three and a third innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits and striking out three. TJ Baker relieved Guindon in the fourth and went an inning and a third, allowing three runs – only one was earned – on four hits, walking two and striking out one. Benson Merritt went the final three and a third innings allowing an unearned run on five hits, walking one and striking out one.

For London, Adam Paish went seven innings for the win, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out four. Travis Rice and Braeden Ferrington each pitched an inning. Rice struck out one of three batters he faced while Ferrington allowed a run on three hits and struck out one batter.

Hamilton is back at it on Sunday (July 5) in Kitchener to face the Panthers at Jack Couch Park starting at 7 p.m.

The Cardinals game with the Majors that was rained out on June 28 will be made up on Tuesday, July 21 at Bernie Arbour Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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