The Hamilton Cardinals faced an uphill battle and couldn’t overcome an early deficit as the team was defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs 10-8.
The Cardinals turned things around and played solid baseball for seven innings once the disastrous second inning was over. Toronto sent thirteen batters to the plate in the inning and scored eight times before the dust settled. In fact the Leafs had seven runs before Hamilton was able to pit a single player out. That happened off the bat of Will Richards who hit a line drive right to second baseman Ryan Taylor, who then threw to first base for the double play.
The Maple Leafs added another run in the top of the fifth inning and Hamilton began their comeback. Josh Malabanan got on base with a base hit to right field and then advanced to second when Andrew Jacinto hit the other way.
Malabanan crossed the plate as Ryan Taylor knocked an RBI double into the outfield, advancing Jacinto to third. Nate Smith hit the ball between the short stop and the third baseman into left field for an RBI single to bring Jacinto home. Chris Redfern followed with an RBI double and the Cardinals were right back into the game.
In the top of the seventh inning the Maple Leafs added a tenth run. Glen Jackson singled to get on base, just narrowly missing being thrown out as the second half of a double play. Jackson would layer score thanks to an RBI single to centre field off the bat of Aaron Guinn.
The Cardinals came back again on the bottom of the inning.
Matt McGraw came up to the plate with the bases loaded and smacked the ball deep into left-centre field. Ryan Taylor came in to score on the sacrifice fly. Chike Springer, the next batter up, ripped the ball over the outfield fence for a three-run homerun.
Hamilton held the Maple Leafs from any more Runs and threatened the Toronto lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the bases loaded an just one out, Chris Piano hit an infield fly for an automatic second out. Justin Malabanan hit the ball deep to left field next, but the ball was easily caught by the Toronto outfielder to end the game.
With the loss the Cardinals slip to 5-17 on the season while Toronto improves to 10-12. The two teams will meet again this Sunday at 2pm from Christie Pitts in Toronto. Game time is 2pm.