The game had everything you could want in a Hollywood script, excitement, drama, anxiety and pathos as the Hamilton Cardinals came from behind, not once, but twice to defeat the Burlington Herd 5-4 in 10 innings in one of three Intercounty Baseball League games played tonight in Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium.
The win gave sixth place Hamilton its 11th win of the season while the Herd fell to nine and 18 on the season.
In other action, the Guelph Royals shutout the Kitchener Panthers 3-0 in Guelph, while the Barrie Baycats bombed the Toronto Maple Leafs 13-1 in Christie Pits.
Burlington took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning only to have the Cards come back with a pair of runs in the first and another in the second to knot the score at 3-3. It remained that way until the 10th, when with one out Justin Gideon launched a solo home run 360 feet over the right field fence. The next two Burlington batters were retired in order.
The Cards knew what they had to do in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Greg Marco walked and Mike Ssemanda came in to run for him. Jake Foden followed with a walk and Chris Beer singled to left field to load the bases. Grant Arnold reached base on and error by the right fielder that allowed Ssemanda to score and tie the score at 4-4. Jon Dziomba then followed with a solid shot to right field to drive in Foden with the game winning run.
Chris Lazar, who entered the game in the 10th, earned the victory in relief of starter Zach Gonzalez, as he gave up one run on one hit while retiring two batters on strikes. Gonzalez went nine innings, giving up three earned runs on 10 hits. He struck out six. Ben Braun took the loss in relief of Burlington starter Trent Lunsford. Braun gave up two unearned runs on seven hits and three walks. Lunsford gave up three unearned runs on three hits and eight walks. Both pitchers went four and two-thirds innings while striking out five batters each and hitting one each.
Gideon led the Burlington hitters with three hits including a solo home run. Vaughan Bryan also had three hits and Mattingly Romanin added a double. For Hamilton, Beer had three hits and Marco added two more.
Next action for the Cardinals is Friday night (July 20th) against the Brantford Red Sox at 7:30 p.m. in Bernie Arbour Stadium.
Source: Larry Robertson