OTTAWA – Ottawa’s Matt McGovern struck out 13 Hamilton batters, throwing a three hit shutout to pace the Fat Cats to an 8-0 victory over the Thunderbirds. The loss was Hamilton’s seventh straight and moves them two and a half games back of Burlington for seventh place with six games remaining in the regular season.
The Fat Cats opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. LaDale Hayes singled and moved to third on Joe Stone’s single to right field. Mathieu Joly then grounded out but brought in Hayes to make it 1-0. Ottawa would double their lead in the third, as Mark Charrette doubled to right to cash in Cody Mombourquette.
In the fourth Hayes would once again score, this time on Ivan Cherwinski’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 for Ottawa. The Fat Cats would seal the victory by scoring five times in the bottom of the eighth.
Hamilton’s Adam Durfee and Graeme Carey each had singled off of McGovern while Matt McGraw doubled in the top of the ninth for the Thunderbirds’ only hits of the game.
Matt Betts started and took the loss for the Thunderbirds, going seven innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on nine hits and striking out one. Bronson Lake came into start the eighth to relieve Betts and went a third of an inning allowing four runs, three of them were earned, on two hits. Mike Fortuna closed out the game for Hamilton allowing an unearned run on two hits over two-thirds of an inning
For Ottawa, McGovern threw a complete game three hit shutout for his second straight victory over the Thunderbirds.
The Thunderbirds will continue their weekend in Ottawa tomorrow when they look to rebound against the Fat Cats starting at 7:05pm.
Winning Pitcher: Matt McGovern (4-2)
Losing Pitcher: Matt Betts (0-3)
LaDale Hayes – 4 for 4 (4 Singles, 3 Runs)
Mark Charrette – 4 for 5 (3 Singles, Double, RBI)
Joe Stone – 3 for 4 (2 Singles, Double, Run, RBI)
Matt McGraw – 1 for 2 (Double)
Graeme Carey – 1 for 2 (Single)
Adam Durfee – 1 for 3 (Single)
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* Game Stats
* courtesy Mike Marasco, Hamilton Thunderbirds