|Chris Piano on third base as Eitan
Maoz prepares to slide.
HAMILTON – Eitan Maoz’s RBI single in the top of the seventh combined with Matt McGovern’s seven innings of shutout ball in which he only allowed two hits helped to give the Ottawa Fat Cats a 9-6 victory over the Hamilton Thunderbirds. Hamilton’s record falls to 5-21, two games behind the Burlington Twins who sit in seventh place.
Ottawa’s Rick Howroyd singled to open the second inning and moved to second base on a balk by Thunderbirds starter Ryan Van Spronsen. Howroyd would then move to third on a pass ball and score on Maoz’s single. LaDale Hayes would follow up by getting on base with a fielder’s choice. Maoz and Hayes then scored on Joe Stone’s double to give the Fat Cats a 3-0 advantage.
In the fourth, the team from the nation’s capital, added to their lead as Maoz doubled to start the inning. Maoz then stole third base and came in as the throw to third went into right field. Ottawa would add two more runs in the sixth as Kyle Barclay doubled in Hayes who doubled to start the inning. Barclay would come in on Chris Latimer’s one out RBI single.
The Fat Cats cemented their lead in the top of the seventh. Kyle Dietrich led off the inning with a double and was joined on base by Howroyd who walked. Maoz then singled to bring in Mathieu Joly who entered the game as a pinch runner for Dietrich. Stone loaded up the bases with a single and was followed by Barclay who also singled to bring in two runs.
Warren Bradley doubled to open the bottom of the eighth, which was third hit of the game for Bradley and the Thunderbirds. Steven Hubbs and Jon Saporsantos would each draw walks to load the bases. Mike Gottschalk then came to the plate and was hit by a pitch to bring in the run that broke the shutout bid by Ottawa. Chris Piano followed up with a bases loaded single to bring in two more runs, cutting into the lead.
In the ninth, Gottschalk singled in a run and Piano tripled to cash in two more runs to make it 9-6 but that was as close as Hamilton would get.
Van Spronsen went six innings for the Thunderbirds, allowing nine runs, six of which were earned, on 11 hits while walking two and striking out two for the loss. Justin Volpato pitched the final three innings for Hamilton allowing two.
For Ottawa, McGovern started the game throwing seven shutout innings, allowing two hits, a walk and striking out five batters. Kyle Gamble would relieve McGovern going a third of an inning allowing three earned runs on two hits, walking three and striking out one. Tyler Durward completed the game for the Fat Cats going an inning and two thirds, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and striking out two.
The Thunderbirds will close out the weekend when they host the London Majors on Pink Ladies Day tomorrow starting at 2pm. A portion of ticket sales will go to the CIBC Run for the Cure in hopes of creating a future without cancer.
Winning Pitcher: Matt McGovern (3-2)
Losing Pitcher: Ryan Van Spronsen (1-5)
Eitan Maoz – 3 for 5 (2 Singles, Double, SB, 3 Runs, 2 RBIs)
Kyle Barclay – 2 for 4 (Single, Double, K, Run, 3 RBIs)
Joe Stone – 2 for 4 (Single, Double, Sac Fly, RBI)
Warren Bradley – 3 for 4 (2 Singles, Double, Run)
Chris Piano – 2 for 5 (Single, Triple, 4 RBIs)
Mike Gottschalk – 1 for 3 (Single, BB, Hit by Pitch, Run, 2 RBIs)
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* Game Stats
* courtesy Mike Marasco, Hamilton Thunderbirds