On a day where inclement weather was forecast throughout the day, the rain held off until late in the evening. After six and a half innings of ball, the Friday evening game between the Hamilton Thunderbirds and the Ottawa Fat Cats was postponed due to poor weather and field conditions.
The T-Birds played a closer game, hosing the Fat Cats at Bernie Arbour, than the previous 11-3 loss at the hands of Barrie last Sunday. Before the game was suspended the Thunderbirds trailed 4-2.
Scoring was opened up in the top of the first when Ottawa got an early one run lead. The lead would be short-lived as the T-Birds earned one run in the bottom of the 1st. Dan Jagdeo had an RBI as he drove Chris Piano home on a base hit.
The score would remain 1-1 until the top of the 4th when Ottawa would add one run to their lead followed by another in the top of the 6th. John Solazzo would cross the plate for the Thunderbirds in the bottom of the sixth to make it a one run game again. After the Fat Cats stretched their lead back to two runs before the game was called off due to rain.
The remainder of the game will be played on May 27th when the Fat Cats return to Hamilton.
Matt Martinow got the start for the T-Birds, pitching for six innings. He gave up five hits, three runs with five walks and seven strikeouts.
Next up for the Hamilton Thunderbirds is an afternoon home game Sunday at 2pm when the T-Birds will host the Brantford Red Sox. The last time these two teams met was May 7th where the Red Sox took the game 6-4. The current forecast for Sunday calls for a 90% chance of light rain as an extended weather system tracks through southern Ontario.
Adult tickets are just $5.00 and are available at the Bernie Arbour box office on game day.