The Hamilton Thunderbirds were in Intercounty Baseball League action again this afternoon taking on the Brantford Red Sox. While the team played a solid game they couldn’t get passed the three time, and reigning, IBL champions.
Jordell Farquharson got the start for Hamilton and kept the Red Sox at bay for the first three innings, giving up just one hit while walking five and striking out two. Brantford would finally break through in the bottom of the fourth inning, first on a sacrifice fly and then on a RBI double by Josh McCurdy. Second pitcher of the game Bill Langford gave up two earned runs on three hits.
Hamilton would tie up the game in the top of the sixth inning. James Anderson got on base early in the inning, advancing to second on an error by the third baseman. After advancing to third he would cross the plate thanks to a sacrifice fly from Johnathan Solazzo. Darnell Duckett would be the next Thunderbird to cross the plate on a hit by Zack Ranta who advanced to first after an error by Brantford’s shortstop.
The Red Sox would not be denied however as they matched Hamilton’s two runs in the top of the inning to retake a two run lead, coming out of the sixth inning up 4-2.
Matt Betts, who took the mound during the sixth inning, took the loss for the Thunderbirds giving up two runs on three hits, walking two batters and striking out one.
Despite the frustrating loss, the Thunderbirds have been playing good baseball as of late and are improving despite coming on the losing end of the contests. Matt Fortuna, field manager for Hamilton, remarked on his Twitter page, “We are so close, but just can’t find a way to win. It will come.”
Hopefully that will come tomorrow afternoon as the Thunderbirds host the Burlington Twins, who are also hunting for their first win. The Twins are winless since relocating from Mississagua this year. After losing their first two games the next three were postponed due to the wet weather that has plagued Ontario last week, including a scheduled game today.
Game time is 2pm at Bernie Arbour Stadium in Hamilton. Adult tickets are just $5.00 and can be purchased from the box office on game day. The game will not be broadcast on Cable 14 as previously planned due to safety concerns over wet conditions.